Valentine Craft Ideas

Hi everyone!

Well It has been a couple of rough days around here. My Aunt passed away this weekend so we have had the viewing, the funereal and out of town visitors. Not to mention the three of us in this house have all come down with nasty head colds. Oh joy! Didn’t I just finally get better from a 3 week stint of ickiness? I am so not ready to deal with being sick again! Arghhh!

So any way, not feeling like really do much while home, I spent a little “mental escape
time looking for some fun new Valentine crafts that I might be interested in making. I found a few and thought I might share them with you. Maybe they will spark some idea!

I have made these lace candleholders before, years ago, and think I might just make some for different holidays, not just Valentine’s Day.

mld102660_0207_lace_votive1_l Create sturdy candleholders from lace saturated with fabric stiffener. Fitted with tea lights in glass containers, these luminarias can be positioned alone or in groups around a room or along a mantel for instant ambience.

Votive Holder How-To
Use rectangular pieces of lace in several sizes to make a variety of votive holders. The long side of the lace will determine the circumference of the finished item. We used pieces that were 5 inches wide and 14 to 21 inches long. We like guipure for this project, because it has a large and distinct motif, but any medium- to heavy-weight lace will work.

1. Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace's motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together.

2. Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace's dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry.

3. Pop the balloon.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Lacy Votive Holder - Martha Stewart Crafts

Crayon Hearts

Crayon Hearts

If the sun seems to peer right into your window, give it something pretty to look at -- and through. These translucent hanging hearts are easy to make from waxed paper and crayons. In return, sunbeams will color your room with cheer. Begin with a 12-by-16-inch sheet of waxed paper. Fold it in half along its length; unfold. Deposit wax-crayon shavings (made with a handheld pencil sharpener) evenly but not thickly across one half of the paper. Fold the clean half of the paper over the shavings. Crimp the three open edges with a 1/2-inch fold to hold the shavings. Protect your ironing surface with kraft paper. Place the waxed paper on the kraft paper, and cover it with another sheet of kraft paper. Iron lightly on medium heat, checking after every few passes. Stop when all the shavings have melted; let cool. Next, trace and cut out hearts of various sizes. String each heart with a silk thread for hanging.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Crayon Hearts - Martha Stewart Crafts

How to Make a Styrofoam* Tin Heart Ornament

tin-hearts


By Kathleen George (source: allfreecrafts)
Faux "Tin" hearts are made of styrofoam*...but who would ever guess?
Download Tin Hearts PDF pattern
Faux Tin Hearts
Materials List:
STYROFOAM* Brand Foam:
Heart, 3" x 1/2"
*Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company
Other Materials:
Smooth-surface finish for plastic foam
Faux finish of choice (pewter and silver blue shown)
Dimensional paint, any color
Small plastic squeeze bottle, 1/2 oz., with 7mm stainless steel tip (optional)
Sheer silver wire-edged ribbon, 1/2" x 1/3 yd.
Sheer white ribbon rose with leaves, 3/4"
Silver cord, 8" length
Pencil
Ruler
Wooden skewer
Craft stick or palette knife
Disposable sponge brush
Disposable palette
Water basin
Paper towels
Scissors
Transfer paper (optional)
Styrofoam "Tin" Hearts
Instructions:

1. Insert skewer into center top edge of heart. Holding heart by skewer, follow manufacturer's instructions to apply surface finish to all sides of heart. Let dry.
2. Use pencil and transfer paper to transfer pattern to both sides of heart, or sketch own design. Use dimensional paint to outline designs. Outline heart edges with series of tiny dots, painted very close together. Note: Greater control and thinner lines can be obtained by squeezing paint into plastic squeeze bottle, then using narrow metal tip to draw. Let dry.
3. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply two coats faux finish to all sides of heart. Let dry.
4. Knot cord ends; glue knot into skewer hole in top of heart. Tie ribbon into bow. Glue bow and ribbon rose at base of cord.

Traditional Kissing Dangle for Valentine's Day

Three vintage-look dangles Traditional kissing dangles will liven up your Valentine’s Day party, or just hang around like mistletoe when you need a smooch. No doubt you have heard the old Dutch saying, "If you kiss under a dangle, your hearts will entangle." No? Well, it is true nonetheless.

All it takes is vintage images of couples in love, a few cupids, beads and string. And a touch of romance.

Materials for Kissing Dangles
  • Heart templates and imagesTwo or four vintage images sized to fit your heart template (Adobe PDF files).
  • Colorful string or cord (we used red satin cording).
  • Glue stick or other paper adhesive.
  • Assorted beads, buttons or other stringables.
  • Craft knife (or razor blade) and cutting mat. Scissors will work fine.

Instructions
  1. Cutting the images using the heart templateTrace your heart template on your four images and cut them out. Accuracy counts in this craft. The cutting secret is - move the paper, not the scissors.
  2. Fold each heart down the center.
  3. Gluing the hearts, back-to-backSpread glue on one half of a heart and glue another heart to it, back to back. Repeat with the third heart.
  4. Cut your cord to the right length and tie a knot in one end. String some beads, buttons or whatever down at the knot.
  5. Gluing the hanging cord down the centerLay the cord down the center seam of your three glued hearts. Position it so your beads hang down from the bottom point of the hearts.
  6. Glue your fourth heart in place over the cord.
  7. Tie a knot just above the heart, and string some more beads. More knots. More beads.
  8. Hang it where mature audiences can appreciate it.

Fun ideas huh? Did anything make you want to go did a little crafting?

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15 comments :

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt.

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  2. I am sorry to hear about your Aunt passing.
    Thanks for sharing the crafts, some of which I have seen before but forgotten about.
    ~~HUGS~~

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  3. So sorry about your Aunt passing and you being under the weather too!! Hope you feel better soon and big hugs!!! and you're still here blogging? :) Love the ideas, especially the lace candleholders!!! Take care of you my dear.

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  4. Sorry about your Aunt and all the crud in your house. Feel better soon. Very cute crafts, you have me in the mood to craft now!

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  5. Condolences in the passing of your aunt. We are sick at our house too. Ready for everyone to get well. Love all your craft ideas. The dangling hearts are my favorite!

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  6. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope you feel better.

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  7. I am going to "borrow" a few of these ideas! Thank you!
    Did you see I have a list of Valentine parties to link up to?

    Hope you are doing well despite your cold and with the huge Blizzard. We only got a foot of snow, so I feel lucky.

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  8. Condolences on the passing of your aunt, Diann.
    Thanks for sharing all of these great crafts. I especially like the crayon hearts, because I remember making something similar when I was little. We would collect fall leaves and put them in the wax paper with the crayon shavings. I need to go buy a box of crayons!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  9. Diann, I am so sorry for the loss of your aunt. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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  10. Diann, so very sorry for you loss, keeping your family in my prayers!

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  11. Hope you are feeling better. Again my prayers are with you and your family. Cute crafts! Stay warm. hugs, Linda

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  12. Hello Diann,

    My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Aunt. You also have my commisseration regarding being sick again. I am not sure what kept hitting me, but I was sick three times within a five week period! Not fun!

    I love the votives and if I get a chance, I may make a few of them for my patio table. Better yet, this would be a fun project for my DIL to do! ;)

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    ~ Tracy

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  13. Sorry about your aunt, dear lady.
    Thanks for sharing the crafts today - those are really neat ones!

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  14. Diane I am really sorry about your aunt and that you are sick again! Hugs! Your lace candle holders are so pretty. I may just have to try that!

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  15. Cool!! I like the projects! Sorry you are feeling poorly again and for the loss of your aunt. It is always a hard time! I hope you are in better health and spirits soon!
    Hugs, Lisa

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)