Valentine’s Day DIY
I am constantly inspired by nature and decided I would bring the outdoors in and create a Valentine’s Day centerpiece. The centerpiece reminds me of my childhood. After my parents got divorced, my mom would take my sister and I on a ski trip every February to my grandparents’ lake house in New Hampshire. For years we spent Valentine’s Day with my mom and grandparents and would wake up to find a red, shiny, heart shaped box of chocolates and a silly toy. I will never forget the Taco Bell Dog she gave us one year that said, “I think I’m in love!” To this day, my mom displays it on her mantel every February.
Paper Mâché Heart Ornaments (Michael’s for less than $2 a piece)
Liquid Leaf Color: Florentine Gold (Michael’s for around $5 dollars a jar)
Mod Podge Glue or Hot Glue Gun (Michael’s for around $5 a jar)
Branches (From my yard, FREE)
Crystals (Faux crystals at Michael’s, but I used real crystal strands that I bought from an antique store)
Metal Keys (Michael’s $1 a piece)
Vase (Goodwill $7.50)
I found these branches with buds in my yard. Look around your property and you will find plenty of craft materials. I have a lot of vases, but I wanted a tall vase that would add to the centerpiece. Keep an eye out for unique vases at thrift stores, yard sales, antique stores, etc.
I found that painting the larger branches while in the vase made it easier to paint all sides of the branches. For the smaller branches, I painted one side and let it dry for 30 minutes and then flipped it over and painted the remaining area. I opted to not paint the bottom of the large branches to add a more artistic look.
Brush the Mod Podge glue all over the front of the heart and then apply the scrapbook paper. Use your fingers to smooth out the edges. Depending on the look you are going for, you can layer strips of paper on top of one another to paper mâché the heart. After covering the heart with Scrapbooking paper, apply another generous layer of Mod Podge glue. When the glue dries, the heart will have a shiny appearance.
With a thin paintbrush, paint several lines of glue. Apply thin ribbon in an overlapping pattern. To create the lace heart, paint thick glue lines horizontally and press lace down firmly. Apply lace strands from the bottom up. To create the flat lace look, paint the entire heart with glue and press entire lace down on the heart. Apply lace from the bottom up, overlapping slightly.
Awhile back I was in a local antique store and I found a bag full of beautiful crystal strands that once hung from a chandelier. Normally tear drop crystals sell for $5 a piece, but I bought the entire lot of crystals for a great price! It was an investment, but I have repeatedly used the crystals in my designs. Keep your eyes open for great deals and unique pieces that could be used for future projects!
The completed centerpiece is simple, shabby chic, and glamorous!