|Photo Credit: Real Simple magazine|
Make a number pumpkin.
Try layering up your foyer table with cute fabric pumpkins. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.
|Lindsey Binz Home|
|Hannah Rose Beasley|
|Photo Credit: Real Simple magazine|
Make a number pumpkin.
Try layering up your foyer table with cute fabric pumpkins. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.
|Lindsey Binz Home|
|Hannah Rose Beasley|
What you’ll need:
Jiffy pots (starter pots)
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satins
And the steps:
Simply paint your succulent pots with Americana Multi-Surface Satins (they work on everything)! Flamingo and Lipstick hues make for festive Valentine’s pots – with alternating stripes or hearts!
Let dry and pop your succulent plants in – that easy!
A Night Owl
|Somewhere in the middle|
|The Shabby Nest|
This week, we’re introducing you to our new columnists! Last week you met Tracy Porter and Chris Olsen. Today, meet Jerusalem Greer, the talented and creative craft artist and self-professed “nest fluffer” behind Jolly Goode Gal! For a sample of her unique style, check out her home featured in our July 2010 issue. As a mom, she’s perfected DIY projects on a budget, and we knew she would be a great fit for the At Home in Arkansas blog.
Jerusalem’s monthly column on crafting begins today with tips on creating your ideal craft space.
Everyone loves a great make-over story! A fun, and often inexpensive, makeover is to create a craft space in your home.
Whether you have a whole room to dedicate, a closet or perhaps a small corner of an existing room (dining room, family room, kids room,) you can achieve an adorable and inspiriting craft zone that will fit your personality and your pocket book, and bring some order to your crafty chaos.
So, how do you go about creating the perfect craft space for your needs, space and budget?
Here are a few easy steps to get you started:
1) Decide where your craft space is going to be based both on what space is available in your home, and what kind of crafting you do there. Reflect on what type of crafting you enjoy most. If you enjoy machine sewing your space will need to access to a table surface and an outlet. However, if knitting is your forte then perhaps you just need easy access to ample storage for your yarn and needles and a portable craft bag or box that can travel with you from room to room as you work.
2) Once you have decided on the type of space you need and the location, you can begin the fun task of gathering and collecting inspiration pictures. The Internet, catalogs and magazines are full of inspiring ideas. One tip: donât just look at âcraft roomsâ and storage pictures per se; look at everything that inspires you, from floor to ceiling. I have found great inspiration for craft storage in farm & feed stores, education supply catalogs and many other unlikely places.
Here are some of my all-time favorite craft areas:
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3) After you’ve chosen your inspiration pictures, you can begin narrowing down the exact items you will need to purchase, re-purpose or re-store for the project, and those that even thought you love them, maybe are not the best choice for this project.
4) After you have narrowed down your choices. you can create an inspiration board (like the one above, featuring a patchwork theme) to help keep you on track as you forge ahead. Having an inspiration board can help motivate you to take the steps necessaryÂ to accomplish your project goal, such as saving those pennies, only purchasing what will fit your space,Â and staying true to your design.
So, regardless of how big or how small your craft space is, now is the perfect time to jump in and give it a make-over that both inspires and encourages you, turning your craft dreams into craft realities!
Off to the lake? Don’t forget the glitter and glue! The immensely creative Jerusalem Greer is back, this time with crafts in celebration of the good ol’ US of A!
And while you’re at it, you might want to check out Jerusalem’s thrifty waterside inspired craft ideas too.
Happy July 4th!
This is a craft that is easily adaptable to any event or holiday, and is also a lot of fun to do with kids.
Let’s get started OK?
*4 coordination sheets of scrapbook paper in patriotic colors
*Glitter – your choice of color
* Satin or Grosgrain Ribbon in Coordination color, no wider than 7/8″
*Pinking Sheers or Scrapbook Scissors
Using your paper trimmer, cut off one 12x 3 3/4″ strip of each paper pattern.
(You can go thinner than this, all the way down to 12x 3 1/4″ , but I wouldn’t suggesting going any wider.)
You are going to want to layer 2 of the strips of paper on top of each other, creating a “front” panel and a “back” panel for your crown.
* Once you have chosen your paper combo, glue the strips together using a glue stick. Allow one pattern paper to stick up above the other, showing about a 1″ to 1 1/4″ strip at the top of your crown.
(See picture above.)
Your finished panel will be about 4 3/4″ total width, and 12″ in length.
Using pinking sheers or scrapbook scissors, trim the sides and tops of your panels.
Using a paint brush or a regular glue bottle, add a nice thick strip of glue along the seems of where your 2 papers overlap on both panels. After you have applied your glue, generously coat with your choice of glitter. (See picture above.)
Using a circle cutting tool cut out a circle in one of your coordinating papers.
If you do not have a circle cutting tool you can create a perfect circle by simply tracing a common household object like a can of fruit or extra large coffee mug.
You will want your circle to be between 4″ and 5″ wide.
Next, using your computer, print out a vintage image to use to embellish the middle of your circle. Make sure to crop or shrink your image to a size that will fit inside your circle.
I printed image as a 3″ x 2 1/2″ size.
Next, using your glue stick, glue your image to the middle of your circle, then outline the image with a thin bead of glue and goat well with glitter.
After your circle has dried you can also trim it with your pinking or scrapbook scissors, or you can leave it smooth edged.
After you have chosen your edging style, attach your circle to the middle of your Front Crown Panel using a large dollop of Hot Glue.
Carefully press in place, making sure that your circle attaches to your panel.
You want only 1/2 to 3/4 of your circle to be on your panel.
The remaining amount should stick up above the top of your panel creating more height.
Using the same star punch or pattern from the Candle Project (below), cut out several stars in fun colors.
Glue 2-3 stars to each of your panels, using your glue stick. Outline the edges of your star with craft glue and coat with glitter. This will give them a nice finished sparkly look.
To attach your 2 panels together, you are going to need to add hole punches to both ends of each panel.
Where you place your hole punches will be determined by the width of your crown, and the size you need it to be in order to fit. Obviously children will need a smaller crown size than adults.
My holes are 3/4″ in from the end edge of my panel, and there is a 1 1/2″ space between them.
Cut 2 lengths of ribbon, each approximately 24″ long.
To attach your panels you will need to start by running 1 piece of your ribbon through your back panel, making sure that the tails of your ribbon come up through the holes on the top portion of your Back Panel (as seen above.)
When you do this on both sides your crown, in will suddenly come together and be one piece.
The ribbon will allow you to loosen or tighten as needed. If you need a tighter crown you can shorten your panels from 12″ to whichever width will work best.
Just remember to trim both the front and the back panels equally.
Also you will need to decide if you want a crown that comes down over the head or sits more directly on top of the head.
This craft is called “Lyrical Light” because it is a candle that is wrapped in sheet music.
*1 piece of vintage Sheet Music
*Silver, Red or Gold Glitter
* Extra Wide Patriotic Ribbon, Paper Fringe or Crepe Paper
*Thin Ribbon in Patriotic Colors
*Jar Candle (I used unscented white Prayer Candle)
Either using a vintage sheet of music (easily found at most flea markets) or the print out of the Star Spangled Banner PDF, prepare your paper by simply folding and tearing the edges off, creating a rougher looking edge (see photo below.)
Using craft glue, carefully and slowly trace the edge of your paper with a small bead of glue, going all around the candle.
If you have trouble controlling your glue stream you can either close your glue cap half way, creating a smaller and slower stream or you can use a small paint brush to paint your glue along the top and bottom edges of your paper.
* After your glue is in place, coat heavily with your choice of glitter.
Let dry completely before proceeding with the next steps.
* Pick your embellishments.
This next step is where you can begin to bring in your patriotic colors and elements.
I used a thick tri-colored velvet ribbon for my candle.
However you could use paper fringe, crepe paper streamer, tinsel garland, or other types of ribbon for this step. Whatever you are inspired by or have on hand will work great!
Make sure to line up the seam of your ribbon or fringe with the seams of your paper for a clean and finished look.
(I used a red and white gingham print in a 1/2″ Width.)
Cut it approx. 9″ long.
Fold in half and attach the folded part to your the center of your wide ribbon or fringe using hot glue.
Voila! You are done! You have now created a lovely Lyrical Light to display at your 4th of July gathering.
These make great hostess gifts and party favors, and can provide great after-dark light for your holiday party.
If sheet music isn’t your thing, vintage book pages, wallpaper remnants and colorful scrapbook papers all make great candle wrappers.
Use a variety of jar candle heights and widths to create a great holiday mantle display or tablescape.
And remember, you can create a wrap candle for any event or holiday by simply changing up the embellishment textures, colors and shapes.
ROSES AND LEMONADE
This project is called Roses and Lemonade, but it could be also be called Daisies and Lemonade, or Lilacs and Lemonade, or Sunflowers and Lemonade… Even though I am going to be showing roses, you can use whichever flower you love most!
These flower arrangements are bursting with a fresh scent, summery color and an old-fashioned vibe, perfect for a lovely holiday weekend.
*Flowers of your choice (about a dozen)
*A bag of fresh lemons
*Small American Flags
*Clear glass jars, vases or water glasses.
(Mine are way too full in this picture! Make sure to only fill them half-way up to prevent overflow.)
(1/2 a bag of lemons per arrangement is recommended.)
*Make to sure to slice them pretty thin, less than 1/4″ thick.
No matter what type of flower you are using you need to make sure to remove all the leaves from the portion of the stem that will be in your water.
(Tip: Most flower leaves that get left in water will mold or rot, polluting and poisoning your flowers, causing them to die quicker.)
If you are using Roses, carefully remove the little green bud leaves that surround the base of each flower. Make sure to gently detach these leaves at their base, being careful not to rip your flower head off.
By removing these bud leaves, you are creating a cleaner look for your flower and your arrangement.
To get a good measurement for where to trim your flower stem, bring your jar or vase to the very edge of your counter or table. Next, in front of your table or counter top, hold your flower up next to your jar or vase, lining it up with where you want to top of your flower to be. Cut off all of the excess stem that falls below the table or counter top.
After you have trimmed your flowers to the height you want them to be, place your flowers in their jars or vases. Next fill in around your stems with your remaining lemon slices.
For your final step, add some patriotic flair to your arrangement. I like to keep this arrangement simple.
*Adding a decorative ribbon around the neck of your jar of vase.
* Creating a patriotic tag, using shipping tags or a wire dangle to hang from the neck.
*Inserting summer pinwheels into the arrangement instead of flags.
Want to expand on this idea? You can always achieve a similar look with limes and oranges, and again mix in your very favorite flowers of any variety!
Want to make some yummy summertime lemonade punch to serve up with your flowers?
Download my very favorite recipe here!
We love simple. We love thrifty. And for her column this month, Jerusalem Greer’s craft is both! She shows you how to repurpose some of those glass bottles laying around the house (in her case, decanters) as sparkly containers for your cooking oils. Such pretty images too. LOVE!
(PS- For other ideas, visit Jerusalem’s own blog, Jolly Goode Gal.)
In many kitchens space is at a premium, but that doesnât mean you have to crimp on style or creativity, does it? My favorite way to bring character to any kitchen is through unique – but functional- accessories.
Years ago, in our pre-children days, I purchased these decanters at a flea market for my husband, Nathan, who at the time was going through a Rat Pack infatuation, and dreamed of having the kind of well stocked swanky bar that would make Frank Sinatra proud.
Now days, in our small 1940s cottage, space in every room is at a premium (especially with rowdy boys who just keep getting bigger and bigger, despite our pleas to stop growing). To make room for growing kids and visiting friends and family, the bar eventually had to go, along with the huge recliner (no tears were shed by me for that one) and my craft room.
When it came time to pack up the bar, I just couldn’tât let go of the decanters. Not yet. After all, someday the kids will go to college and leave home (fingers crossed) and maybe then I can take back my craft room and Nathan can restore his bar. Maybe. But for now I have re-purposed these lovely vintage beauties in the kitchen, using them in a way that is both beautiful and functional.
Instead of bourbon and scotch, our vintage decanters hold our Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil and White Vinegar. To prevent unpleasant surprises and culinary disasters, I made simple labels for each jar, using shipping tags, ink and rubber alphabet stamps. The cost of the total project (not including the decanters) was under $5 and took less than half an hour to complete, and added a lovely bit of sparkle to our kitchen in the process.
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Wouldnât it be wonderful to escape to Paris this weekend? Iâll take the beautiful blue bedroom on the top floor with the amazing view. What a peaceful room while in the heart of a city.” (“The Paris apartment of three top designers” from French Quarters)
From art director Mandy Keener: “The rugs, the chairs, the calenderâ¦simply stated and lovely.” (“Coming on November” from Scandinavian Deko)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love this room! Awesome wall color, check. Great furniture, check. Fabulous patterned rug, check, check. I’ll take it all!” (“Feeling a little moody” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Catherine Barron: “After attending Restore & After last week benefitingÂ Habitat for Humanity, I am back in the mood to restore or create something from items I have around the house.Â And I love this creative and simple idea for a weekend project! Just maybe I can fit it in my busy schedule this weekend! I’ll let y’all know if I do.” (“Make an upholstered toddler bench from an old shelf” from ohdeedoh)
From associate/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Ever since I saw Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” I’ve wanted a Vespa. And these teeny Vespa 400 micro cars just crack me up… in a good way! So cute. Would make paying for gas a lot less traumatic, that’s for sure!” (“They should really bring these back” from Wit & Delight)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “Who says wreaths are just for Christmas? I am loving these easy DIY wreaths for fall. They are so simple to make and they are adorable! What a great way to spice up your front door for fall!” (“Decorative front door wreaths” from Favecrafts)
We love the South. In fact, we dedicated our entire October issue to Gracious Southern Living (click here). But while living here is wonderful for many reasons, more than we can count, Jerusalem pinpointed a few at the top that we couldn’t agree with more. The best part is, each can be created in your home with very little effort and at very little cost. So no matter where you live, you can celebrate your Southern roots!
If you have a moment, visit Jerusalem’s blog, The Jolly Goode Gal, too for a peek into her Southern home.
Thanks to the adventurous spirit of my parents during my growing up years, I had the pleasure of living all over the country. From the beaches of Florida to the glaciers of Alaska, to many points in between, we saw and lived it all. But even though each state, each region, had its own charms and beauty, there is no other part of the country where âgracious livingâ is so evident as in the South. My mother, a true Southern girl at heart, despite her gypsy ways, never completely left her past behind, and the result was that no matter where lived, our home and manners where always influenced by Gracious Southern Living, all of which I try to exemplify to this day in my home.
Here are a few things that my mother and I think are âmustâ haves if you want to craft true Gracious Southern style, no matter your zip code..
One of the most underrated but valuable qualities of Southern life is learning how to take things slow, and enjoy life. Nothing else sets the rhythm for a gentile pace of life like a porch swing. I love them so much that I have two and so does my mother. Hanging on a porch or from a tree in the front yard, nothing else says âcome and sit a spellâ like swing. Donât have a tree or a front porch? Hang one inside and paint it to match your decor, adding pillows and a seat cushion for additional comfort.
My mother is famous for her Sweet Tea. Her mixture is so sweet it will make you pucker up and kiss your uncle. Whether served in the loveliest of restaurants with a simple syrup so that you can mix it to your liking, or served in a mason jar on the back stoop, Sweet Tea is a must-have beverage of Gracious Southern Living.
Southern stories and tall tales take time, and comfortable seating is essential when company comes calling. Every home needs soft places to land, deep comfy seats where visitors and family members can lounge, relax, read and daydream and to observe unofficial southern Sunday afternoon past-time–napping! Fluffy pillows are an easy way to add comfort to any Southern sofa. Whip up easy and colorful pillows using remnants of feed sacks, a patchwork of vintage fabrics or my favorite–cloth napkins in bright colors. Already cut and hemmed, you can stitch together two cloth napkins in no time to make colorful and unique throw pillows.
Speaking of cloth napkins, neither my maternal grandmother, nor my mother, ever used paper napkins, with exception of our 4th of July celebrations. The rest of the year they only used cloth. Cloth napkins to me are beautiful additions to any meal, no matter how small or large, simple or fancy. At our house we keep baskets of cloth napkins on our kitchen and dining room tables so that they are never out of reach. Not only are cloth napkins lovelier to look at, more durable in wear, and economical, they are also a great âgreenâ alternative to paper. Canât find cloth napkins that you love? Want to get the kids involved? Grab a pack of white cotton tea towels and using fabric crayons or markers, buttons, ric-rac embroidery thread or other colorful notions, and have each family member design their own. Homemade napkins are practical, personal and lovely. What could be more Southern or gracious than that?
Southerners are a storytelling people, so what could be more essential to Gracious Southern Living than being surrounded by books? Coffee table books filled with art, gardening books with tips on growing okra and crape myrtles, books of poetry, fiction and memoirs of days gone by, all help to nurture the well rounded Southern mind and imagination. All Southern homes should be places where a visitor can pull a book off a shelf and become enraptured for hours, their worlds widening with each turn of the page. Running out of bookshelf space? Create side tables out of out coffee table books. Simply stack the books to your preferred height. Worried about preserving your books? Add a great serving Â tray on top and, voila! A table is born!
What would the South be without music? The Blues, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Creole Folk, Gospel, Rock, Soul…These are just some of the music genres that find their roots in Southern living. A Gracious Southern Living home honors these legacies. Whether it is picking out Happy Birthday on the piano for everyone to sing along, or guitar and banjo pickin’ on the porch, or picking the perfect mix of Zydeco, Rock and Bluegrass for backyard BBQ party, music is second only to Sweet Tea as a must-have for all Southern gatherings. A recent crafty trend that I love is the painted piano in spicy Southern colors, these pieces really make a statement and who can resist the lure of a mustard yellow piano, with keys just waiting to be ticked?
A Southern home without family pictures is like a Graceland without Elvis. Itâs just a house. Whether it is on a stairwell, hallway or the powder room, family pictures can be found just about anywhere and everywhere in Southern homes. Finding unique ways to display family photos, old and new, just adds to the creativity and storytelling. Decoupaging Great-Grandmaâs picture onto the last piece of her favorite china is a way that you can honor her memory in more ways than one, and it will always make an interesting conversation piece at dinner parties.
So there are what I consider to be the basics to crafting a gracious southern lifestyle.
Cheers and Blessing,
Come on, everyone is doing it! Pinterest, that is. Even At Home columnist Jerusalem Greer, of Jolly Goode Gal, can’t get enough. Check out her fave Thanksgiving-inspired pins below. And follow her on Pinterest too! She’s one of our all-time favorite Pinners…
PS- At Home also has an account! Check us out here.
OK, I have a confession. I am obsessed with Pinterest. Since the advent of Social Media, I have treaded slowly and cautiously. I like to blog and read blogs, I enjoy Twitter but can go days without it, completely forgetting that it exists. Facebook is what I call a necessary evil. I use it to stay up-to-date with local and social events and to connect with old or far away friends because it is convenient. Tumblr is still a little bit of a mystery, even though I have an account, and Â I managed to completely dodge the MySpace and Xanga all together. However, Pinterest has me completely whooped. I am fully under her spell.
Since I was a little girl I have been ripping pictures out of magazines and stuffing them into folders. From crafts to decorating to fashion, I have binders full of inspiration and idea boards scattered around my craft room. Now I have Pinterest, a beautiful, paperless, virtual way to create hundreds of idea boards all with a few computer clicks. From recipes to hair-styles to home building ideas to holiday decor, it is all there.
This year I will probably spend Thanksgiving eating Chinese food out of a take-out box, as I will be days away from submitting my cooking & craft book manuscript to my publishers. I will pack my boys up and send them to the grandparents for a happy holiday, while I buckle down to meet my deadline. However, thanks to Pinterest I can still dream of a beautiful homespun and crafty Thanksgiving, planning the perfect gathering, even if it is just virtual. If I were going to host Thanksgiving at my house this year, these are all the crafts I would want to make – all of which I found, of course, on Pinterest:
I have a large collection of vintage aqua plates that I think would look adorable in a setting like this. Â And look at the little berry, mini-pumpkin and mum baskets – how cute are those? I may have to add a floral table cloth under the natural stick place-mats, but over all this setting is perfect.
I am going through a bit of a felt-phase and I think this leaf garland would be precious, hung in three or four strands on our white mantle. The colors are the perfect version of traditional fall tones for my home, the texture old fashioned, the assembly simple.
Around our place the turkey has been known to take its own sweet time cooking, so I like to have a craft for the little (and often big) kids to work on, keeping them occupied and out from underfoot. This a great take on the traditional Thanksgiving Thankful Tree and it makes a lovely party favor as well.
One of the things I love most about holidays is picking out what to wear. I love to add a little homemade crafty flair to my outfits whenever I can. This floral sash would be the perfect addition to a smart little fall dress, or even a skirt and thick sweater combo.
For thanksgiving I love to make one new dish. Something that looks yummy and holiday specific. As soon as I saw these little one bite pies I knew I wanted to try them. I am not sure about the filling, maybe I would change that. But oh the shape! How could you resist a golden flaky leaf pie?
So those are my Thanksgiving Pinterest dreams, what are yours?
Jerusalem Greer (of Jolly Goode Gal) comes to your rescue with inexpensive, easy Christmas crafts that are a tad bit nostalgic to boot! We love the “Too Many Mittens” reference, and the sheet music. Goes to show that, when it comes to decorating for the holidays, personal is best. Use your imagination and have fun! And if you get stuck, these tips from Jerusalem are sure to get you going.
As I thought about what Christmas crafts I could share with the At Home blog readers this month, I realized that I should give the kind of gift that I love to receive: One that is personal and homespun. So for this month’s post, I thought I would share a few Christmas crafts from my own home. Not every craft I try is a winner (there was the disastrous snow globe fiasco after all), but every now and then my plan comes together, and I end up with a lovely new creation that my family and I can enjoy for many Christmasâ to come. Below are a few of these successes that are both simple (because who has time for one more complicated to-do task on their holiday list?) and lovely.
To create this look, simply layer vintage Christmas cards on top of holiday themed sheet music and place in an inexpensive frame. To keep this look clean and crisp I chose a white frame, which helped set off the vintage papers without being overly fussy.
One of my favorite childhood books is titled “Too Many Mittens.” In this book, a laundry line of mittens is a prominent feature. I recreated this look for my mantle. (For the full instructions and a mitten pattern, you can visit this link to my Too Many Mittens Craft (http://www.jollygoodegal.com/2011/12/too-many-mittens-weekend-christmas.html)
This project is one of my all time favorites and take less than 10 Â minutes to make. Using a funnel, pour a three part mixture of fake snow, white glitter and off white glitter into an old glass bottle. Fill about â Â full. Stamp or write the words and phrases like “Snow Starter,” “White Christmas 2011,” or “Frosty R.I.P.” on a small shipping tag. Replace the string on your tag with a pipe cleaner. Fold your tag in half and place in your bottle. (If your tag doesnât pop open after you have pushed it back into your bottle, you can use a pipe cleaner to open it back up.) Next, hot glue a small to medium Christmas ball or ornament Â to the top, inverting the top of your ornament into the mouth of the bottle. Using a thin ribbon, tie a lose one knot bow around the neck of your bottle. Ta-da! A cute Christmas conversation piece.
For years I was one of those people who could never find a way to display the Christmas cards our little family received that didnât look too busy or bulky. Finally, in act of desperation, I grabbed two metal wreath frames with contrasting grosgrain ribbon and went to wrapping. I wrap the ribbon around each frame. Then, using 5â flocked red ribbon, I connected the two wreaths with one simple loop. To top it all, I took another large piece of the same ribbon, ran it through the smaller wreath and knotted it, letting the tails hang down. I added a large glittered jingle bell as the final touch. To attach my holiday cards, I use stick pins and the folds of the ribbon. Maybe this year I will even add a third wreath.
I have made all sorts of gifts, including nameplates as teachers gift and jewelry for my sisters as Christmas gifts. Last year during the holidays, I created my own version of a peace sign, and this year I hope to add Love, Joy and Hope to the collection. If you are going to make your own Scrabble crafts this holiday, I would suggest hitting up estate sales and flea markets for great deals on used games.
However you celebrate this holiday, I wish each of you a wonderfully simple, beautiful Christmastime.
Sending happy Valentine’s Day wishes to all of our readers today! Our gift to you? These great project ideas from Jerusalem Greer of Jolly Goode Gal. Which ones will you be trying?
I have a confession of the heart that I cannot hide anymore. Can you guess what it is? Yep. I Â confess, I love and adore Valentine’s Day. Â Not because of the romance (though I never turn my nose up at romantic gestures that happen to coincide with February 14) and not because of the chocolate (although that doesnât hurt either). No, my affection for what cynics refer to as a âgreeting-card holidayâ stems from this: Valentineâs Day is simple. V-Day is a day that comes to us in the middle of winter, when there is not one colorful thing in bloom, when the skies are gray, and the temps are chilly, and brings us bear hugs, giant red foil wrapped candies and the cheerful happy colors of conversation hearts. Simple joys and small kind gestures, that is what makes Valentineâs Day lovely to me. After all, isnât L-O-V-E Â what makes the world go round?
To spread V-Day cheer, here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts. Some I have done and some are on my still-to-do list but all are happy, vibrant and the perfect antidote to the winter blahs.
I adore maps. I have a fairly large collection of vintage maps and globes. How cute and easy would this be to make using old atlas or travel maps? Make it large or small, a poster or a card, but make one and pass it on to someone who needs an extra little boost.
How cute are these ribbons? Everyone is a winner with these adorable creations. Cupcake liners, paper hearts and craft ribbon combine to make adorable Valentineâs Day prize ribbons. Not just for fashion, these ribbons would be the perfect way to embellish Â a box of chocolates, a simple greeting card or a small bouquet of flowers.
Looking for a creative way to pass on V-Day greetings to co-workers and friends? Â Try this âRoll With Itâ candy-gram. In addition to Rollo you could also use Tootsie Rolls or Fruit Roll-Ups for kids.
All you need to know is this: Felt Heart Garland. Need I say any more? Whatâs not to love?
This is a great craft that keeps on giving. Our family has done this the past few years and we all love it. Each family member has his/her own mail box. Near the mail box and all around the house there are little stacks of note paper and colorful pens. We all write each other little love notes and hide them in the mail boxes, raising the little flags when a delivery has been made. Sometimes the notes are serious, sometimes they are silly, always they are special.
I have always loved the look of red heart playing cards mixed in with Valentine’s decor (perhaps it has something to do with Alice in Wonderland?) and have used them in a variety of ways over the years to accent my V-Day crafts. I love this garland that combines the hard straight lines of the playing cards and with the soft scrappy bits of fabrics to create an adorable accent piece.
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