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A wreath covered with paper curls bursts with Valentine's Day color and spirit. Lovely over a mantel or on a door, this valentine wreath is easy to construct.
Tightly wrap 1x6-inch strips of patterned paper around a pencil to curl. Glue the end of each curl into a loop. Hot-glue the paper to an 8-inch foam wreath form. Repeat until the form is covered. Lightly brush liquid adhesive over the paper curls, and sprinkle with glitter. Print a Valentine's Day sentiment on patterned paper, back it with a felt circle, and add a white stick for a paper lollipop embellishment.
Create a flower bouquet that could last almost as long as your love. These crepe-paper flowers bloom in valentine colors for a centerpiece that will make you swoon.
Cut a 20-inch strip of crepe paper. Cut petal shapes along the top of the strip (such as large rounded or pointed petals or fringe). Leave about 1 inch at the bottom so the strip won't tear. Adhere a chenille stem or piece of florist's wire at one end of the paper strip. Roll the crepe-paper strip around the stem or wire, fluffing and shaping the petals as you go. Secure the end with florist's tape, and arrange the bouquet.
Tug on heartstrings with a garland of oversize stamped hearts. These colorful hearts are so easy that even kids can help.
Wrap twine around a wooden cube, then apply a thin layer of paint to one side. Stamp onto white or solid-color cardstock, using the image for inspiration; let dry. Repeat with additional cardstock and colors. Cut the cardstock into large hearts. (Use a pattern for consistency or cut freehand for eclectic variety.) Use tape or glue to attach the hearts to a length of string, and hang the garland.
Capture heartfelt valentine memories and display them on pretty memory boards to give a room seasonal panache.
Wrap 1/2-inch-thick square or rectangular cork pieces in fabric. Choose Valentine's Day patterns, or select coordinating fabrics in pinks and reds to best suit the holiday. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, wrap best. Fold the corners, wrap the fabric to the back, and staple in place. Mount the panels with removable hooks and picture hangers to make it easy to change them out.
Personalize these cute crafts projects to make themed shelf decorations for Valentine's Day.
To craft the collage, cut out repeating shapes from fabric (we used birds and hearts in various sizes) and use spray adhesive to mount on white cardstock; frame. For more advanced crafters, design a work of Valentine art. Pencil a design on a store-bought canvas, then sew over your drawing using a thick needle (we used a backstitch technique).
Spread a little love with this pillow. Dress up a plain throw pillow for Valentine's Day. Add the word "love" with stencils and fabric paint. Cut out your own letters or buy a set of stencils, available at crafts stores, for a quick design.
Editor's Tip: Alternate colors for each letter or use a different word on the pillow to make the design your own.
Cozy charm spills from this Valentine's Day accent. The easy plaque comes together quickly with only a few supplies.
Spray-paint a heart-shape wooden plaque a neutral color. Punch various-size circles from patterned paper, and glue them to the tops of vintage or crafts-store wooden spools in various sizes. Adhere the spools to the plaque, placing the tallest at the top and working to the shortest at the bottom. Wrap short lengths of thin wooden dowels with patterned paper. Fill the spaces between spools with the embellished dowels.
Set the table for romance. A red journal acts as a valentine-perfect table accent when combined with red and white dishes, pink napkins, a striped table runner, and sparkly glasses and flatware. The casual mix keeps the setting comfortable. Before you give the journals to your loved ones, inscribe their names in the journals along with appropriate sentiments, poems, or memories. Keep a journal for your own valentine thoughts, too.
Make your love shack the little old place where everyone wants to gather for Valentine's Day. Start with a string of hearts on a mantel, over an island, across a mirror, or behind a buffet table.
Cut out oversize hearts from patterned cardstock. Cut parallel vertical slits near the center of each heart, and thread red or valentine-theme ribbon through the slits to make this quick but pretty garland.
Sweetly displayed trinkets become endearing tabletop ornaments.
Place sparkly jewelry, a colorful bloom, a pretty bonbon, glittery faux gems, pearly stones, or other tiny treasures in a clear votive holder. Top the votive with a valentine-theme paper cupcake liner, and tie in place with colored string. Arrange an assortment of votives on a tray for a festive tabletop display.
Editor's Tip: Use decorated votive holders as pretty packages for valentine gifts.
Chains of paper hearts cascading down lampshades or chandeliers show your lively Valentine's Day attitude.
Fold a long, narrow strip of paper accordion-style. Sketch a heart pattern on the folded paper, extending the pattern slightly beyond the edges so the hearts stay attached when cut. Cut the outline of the heart pattern, and unfold. Secure a group of paper chains to a lampshade using transparent tape.
Editor's Note: For safety, use paper treated to resist heat, or keep the paper chains away from heat sources. The chains also make pretty mantel garlands.
Let your valentine passions burn brightly. Cut strips of pink patterned papers and adhere them to same-size strips of white cardstock. Die-cut, punch, or freehand-cut two sizes of hearts from the strips. Poke holes in some of the hearts. Run wire through the holes and wrap wire around the other hearts -- twisting and bending the wire into curls and loops -- to join the hearts. If you wish, slide beads onto the wire as you go. Continue until the wired hearts encircle the candle; join the wire ends to secure.
Bright colors make this Valentine's Day mantel pop -- traditional pink hearts mix with bright orange, yellow, green, and blue patterned fabric on the banner.
Trace 16 hearts onto pink houndstooth fabric and cut them out. Use a stencil to paint letters onto the hearts to spell out a sweet phrase (like "Be Mine Valentine"). Sew the hearts onto colored fabric squares with fun patterns, attach the squares to red ribbon, and hang across a mantel.
Wax poetic on Valentine's Day. Decorate a side table or shelf with an inspiring love quote in a frame.
Using a die-cutting tool, cut a quote (such as "Love comforteth like the sunshine after the rain," or one of your favorites) and glue the letters to black cardstock. Tape the finished piece to a mirror with an intricate frame to finish the Valentine's Day decoration.
Make a garland of hearts cut from fabric scraps layered and attached with iron-on adhesive. Punch small holes in the sides of the hearts and tie them together with ribbon.
Just like a heart in love, these hearts are all aquiver. Dozens of colorful hearts flutter on cardstock cut into a wreath shape.
Use paper punches or scissors to cut hearts from colored vellum and lightweight decorative papers. Curl the cutout hearts by scraping them between your thumb and a butter knife just as you would with curling ribbon. Then layer the hearts on the cardstock base and attach each heart with a dab of clear-drying glue, either in the center or near one edge. Hang the wreath with ribbon.
Highlight those you love with snapshots and valentines in a three-dimensional display.
Gather favorite photos and make black-and-white or sepia copies. Paste some of the copies onto decorative papers and cut into fun shapes. Tuck them in a photo tree.
The candles are as sweet as your valentine mood when you add this accent. Fill plain glass votive candleholders with candy nonpareils for seasonal color. Small glass beads from the crafts store offer a similar look.
Treat your valentine with a pouch of treasures, whether it's a cluster of posies or a handful of candy.
Trace two same-size heart shapes onto pretty paper or cardstock; cut out. Cut more hearts in graduated sizes from contrasting paper, and use spray adhesive or a simple running stitch to attach to the front of the pouch. Stack the two main hearts with wrong sides together. Starting at one side near the top, use a sewing machine to zigzag-stitch around the edge, leaving top open; trim edges. Punch holes near top of pouch. Thread ribbons through and knot to secure.
Make the look as sweet as the taste. Skirt a footed cake plate with a sash of colorful paper and a ribbon belt. Just cut a 3-inch strip of cardstock and attach it to the rim of the plate with double-stick tape. (A cake plate with a flat, wide rim works best.)
Remember the special Valentine's Day cards you've received over the years by using clear plastic picture frames to display them around your home.
Valentine's Day decorations and gifts can only get better when flowers are involved!