Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Decor

In the days leading up to the birth of my daughter, I was literally bursting with energy. Since the house had been deep-cleaned at least 12 times, I decided to work on some DIY Valentine's projects to keep me busy. So I rounded up some of my favorite ideas via Pinterest and got to work! I'm really happy with how everything turned out and I spent less than $15 total for everything!

Valentine's Day Mantel
I LOVE decorating my mantel for the holidays, it's kind of become an obsession of mine! This is the first year I've ever decorated for Valentine's Day and the mantel is HUGE so I had a lot of area to cover! The "Love Is Sweet" burlap banner was from the candy buffet at our wedding and was purchased off Etsy. I also reused the apothecary jars from our candy buffet and filled them with faux rose petals from Dollar Tree in pink and red. The framed decor was an easy DIY using greeting cards from the Target "Dollar Spot" for $1 each. Then I purchased two old frames from the Goodwill for 50 cents each, spray painted them red, and then inserted the cards!

 Lace & Heart Mason Jar Candle Holders
These mason jars were a Pinterest-inspired project and they could NOT have been any easier to recreate! All you need are mason jars, white paper doilies, red paper, red felt hearts (I purchased a bag of these at Hobby Lobby that already had adhesive on the back!), string, and a glue gun! First, glue the doily onto the jar using just a small amount of glue in the center and on each side. Then glue down your paper heart, and then your felt heart to create a sort of "3-D" effect. Last but not least, glue down a piece of string to the back and just take the string around and around until you have the desired look! These literally took me about 5 minutes to make and they are just too cute!

 Conversation Heart Topiaries
They may look a little complicated but these adorable topiaries were really pretty easy to make. Using a styrofoam cone from Hobby Lobby, all you need to do is glue on your candies one by one until the cone is completely covered. I found it easiest to put the glue right onto the candy and then pop it onto the cone. If I created a small line of glue on the cone and then placed the candies, I noticed that the glue would dry too fast and then the candy wouldn't stick. I only needed about 4 bags total to create two topiaries, but be warned, DO NOT try to attempt any sort of pattern since the ratio of colors in each bag was not equal by any means. I only opened a fourth bag because I had run out of the color orange! I set the topiaries on top of mercury glass candle holders that I purchased at the Goodwill!

 Another view of the mantel.

 Valentine's Day Shelf Decor
Since I had a few more projects up my shelve, I decided to extend my decorating onto the bookshelf in our living room. I found the adorable Valentine's Day frame from Target!

 Easy DIY Candles
These candles couldn't have been easier to make. I just took two white candles that I already had, and attached felt hearts that I had left over from my mason jars. Then I took some twine and just wrapped it around a few times and then tied it in the back. Easy and cute!

 Heart Canvas
This heart canvas was also an easy project that was created from craft items that I already had. All I did was take a canvas that I had severely messed up from another project, covered it in burlap, and then hand-painted a heart using pink acrylic paint. Then I hot glued on some scrabble pieces to spell out the word "Amore" and attached the faux key at the top. 

Valentine's Day Shelf Decor
I found this vintage-looking gumball machine at the Goodwill a few weeks ago and couldn't believe it was only $3.99! It doesn't work but it makes the sweetest decor! I filled it with gumballs in some Valentine's colors and done! The X & O letters were purchased from Hobby Lobby in the clearance section for only 80 cents a piece!

I hope you all have a wonderfully sweet Valentine's Day! I'll be spending it at home with the husband and our newest little Valentine!

My Valentine, Kennedy Grace!

With Love,
Meghan XoXo

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