3 Easy and Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Decor Ideas
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. While my family normally likes to celebrate with a simple dinner and movie, this year I decided to liven up our house with sparkles and cuteness. I recently purchased a hot glue gun, and I feel unstoppable—I just want to make crafts all day. The following three projects are simple to create using items you probably already have on-hand. Grab your supplies and let's get started!
1. Adorable Gnome
Gnomes have been on-trend this year. Stores had a variety on the shelves for Christmas time, and many of my friends on social media were making them to sell. I saw a darling one that I wanted for my own Christmas decor, but I ended up forgoing the purchase. After getting my hot glue gun, I decided to try to make one for myself. I gathered up some materials around the house and got to work. The result was this adorable gnome that my son named Mort. This project will add an element of whimsy to your Valentine's Day decor, but you can also leave it out year-round.
- Old plastic bottle or container
- Old sweater
- Old t-shirt
- Old, furry stuffed animal
- Wine bottle cork (or other item that can be used as a nose)
- Hot glue gun
- Thin cardboard
- Scotch tape
- Spread out your t-shirt and place your bottle in the center. Tuck the shirt into the opening of the bottle. I used an old sheer wrap for this. If you are using a thick t-shirt, you may need to cut the sleeves off and use only one side of the torso section. Secure your shirt in place with hot glue.
- Cut your stuffed animal open along the seams. You are going to re-purpose the fur as your gnome's beard. This can make a mess. I recommend saving the stuffing for other projects. I stored the stuffing from the bear I used in a ziplock freezer bag.
- Cut off any paws and the head of the stuffed animal. You are only going to use the torso.
- Spread the fur flat. Cut off any legs and arms so that you are left with a rectangle shape of fur.
- Place the fur around your bottle where you want the beard to lay. Then spread the fur flat once again and cut a triangular shape. Cut little by little, laying the fur on the bottle as you go so you can see exactly what your beard will look like.
- Once you have your fur triangle, hot glue it to your bottle. The bottom point of your triangle should be in line with the bottom of your bottle. I glued mine about an inch from the top.
- Cut the sleeves off your sweater. Cutting along the seams, separate the back and front of your sweater so that you have two large pieces of cloth. Lay one piece flat and set the other aside.
- Take a rectangular piece of cardboard and roll it into a cone shape. This is going to be the form for your gnome's hat. I used the front of an old Cheez-Its box. Gently set the cone on your bottle to make sure it's the right size. Once you have it, secure your cardboard cone shape with tape or hot glue.
- Starting at the bottom corner of your sweater, roll your cardboard cone one turn. Secure the edge of your cloth to the cardboard with hot glue. Continue rolling the cardboard cone so that it is covered with cloth. Cut off any excess cloth, or tuck it into the bottom of your cone. Secure the outer edge of the cloth with hot glue. If you tucked the extra cloth into the bottom of the cone, be sure to also secure it to the cardboard with hot glue.
- Set your hat on your bottle and mark out where you want your nose to be. Once you have the spot, remove the hat, and secure the wine bottle cork (or other item) to your bottle.
- Place your hat on your bottle. I did not glue my hat down, but you can if you'd like. In addition, you might find it helpful to add a little weight to your bottle to prevent it from tipping over. I hot glued the beads from my stuffed bear into the bottle for extra weight.
- Voila! You have just created your own adorable gnome! Feel free to give him or her a name.
2. Book Page Sparkle Heart Banner
I love creating banners for the holidays to hang over the fireplace. This charming project will brighten up your home as light catches on the pretty sparkle hearts, and the old book pages will add a rustic feel.
- Twine, string, or ribbon
- Sparkle heart confetti (I picked up two packs of these from Wal-Mart for $1 each)
- Old book pages
- Hot glue
- Begin by cutting out heart shapes from your book pages. You'll need enough book page hearts to alternate with the sparkle hearts for the length of your twine, string, or ribbon. I used six.
- Lay your twine, string, or ribbon flat. Find the middle by folding it in half and touching the ends.
- Pick out a center heart and using your hot glue, secure it to your twine, string, or ribbon.
- Secure your remaining hearts to your twine, string, or ribbon with hot glue, alternating between book page hearts and sparkle hearts. I found it helpful to hold the banner up to see how and where I wanted the next heart to go before gluing it down.
- Hang up your banner and enjoy!
3. Vase of Hearts
This project is a simple way to dress up any room in your house. It's easy to create, and the best part is you can customize it completely to suit your tastes.
- Tree branches (I used three)
- Sparkle heart confetti
- Sparkle heart sticks (I picked up a pack of these from Wal-Mart for $1)
- Festive ribbon
- Old book pages (optional)
- Styrofoam (I used two small chunks from the packing of an appliance)
- Hot glue or double-sided permanent tape
- Scotch tape
- Begin by placing your styrofoam in your vase. This will keep your branches in place.
- Gently push your branches into the styrofoam.
- Begin securing your sparkle hearts and book page hearts to your branches where you'd like them. I used double-sided permanent tape for this project.
- Arrange your sparkle heart sticks in the vase. The sticks were very short in comparison to my vase, so I used my tape to secure them to my branches.
- Cut out heart shapes from your cardboard.
- On one side, tape an end of your yarn to secure it. Begin wrapping your yarn around the cardboard until it is completely covered.
- Cut the yarn, leaving enough to tie to a branch to hang your yarn heart.
- Wrap the cut end through a few of the pieces wrapped around your heart to keep it from unraveling. Then knot it around your branch to add a dangling yarn heart to your vase of hearts. You can create as many as you'd like. I made three.
- Once you have your vase assembled how you want, tuck a piece of decorating ribbon into the vase to create whimsy and interest.
- Place your vase on a shelf or on top of your fireplace for a pop of sparkle and color.
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