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Valentine’s Day DIY

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 by in Holiday DIY | 1 comment

DIY Valentine's Day Decor. All you need are branches, hearts, ribbon, crystals, and gold!

Valentine Décor

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.

SUPPLIES:
Paper Mâché Heart Ornaments (Michael’s for less than $2 a piece)
Scrapbooking Paper
Ribbon
Lace
Liquid Leaf Color: Florentine Gold (Michael’s for around $5 dollars a jar)
Paint Brush
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)

DIY Valentine's Day Centerpiece Supplies

All the supplies you will need to create your centerpiece.

Floral scrapbooking paper.

Floral Scrapbooking Paper.

Gold Leaf Paint

Gold Leaf paint is used to coat the sticks.

Branches I found in my backyard to use for my Valentine's Day centerpiece.

Branches I found in my backyard.

Tall Vase

I found this tall vase at Goodwill for a low bargain price.

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.

Arrange the branches in the vase before painting.

Arrange the branches in the vase before painting.

Gold Leaf paint adds a shine to the branches. Don't you wish you could paint everything gold?

Gold Leaf paint adds a shine to the branches. Don’t you wish you could paint everything gold?

Berry Branches

Berry Branches

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.

Paint a layer of Modge Podge glue on the heart.

Paint a layer of Modge Podge glue on the heart.

Beautiful paper mache hearts.

Beautiful paper mache hearts.

Glue ribbon over top of the hearts.

Glue ribbon over top of the hearts. it gives it another dimension.

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.

Vintage lace heart.

Vintage lace heart.

Delicate lace heart.

Delicate lace heart.

The bases of the branches are not painted gold. I wanted to show their original state.

The bases of the branches are not painted gold. I wanted to show their original state.

It's coming together nicely!

It’s coming together nicely!

Real crystals from an antique chandelier.

Real crystals from an antique chandelier.

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!

Valentine's Day Centerpiece. Romance on display!

Tada! Romance on display!

I love how the crystals complete the look of this Valentine's Day Centerpiece.

I love how the crystals complete the look.

The completed centerpiece is simple, shabby chic, and glamorous!

1 Comment

  1. so beautiful. fyi I have tried to “follow” you blog but it won’t accept my username/password.

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