Jan 30, 2015

15 Minute Valentine's Day Decorations DIY

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. Do you want to see some super fast, easy and inexpensive decorations? Okay, keep reading.

Do you remember the vintage mirror that I turned into a Christmas wreath? Well, it's back as my Valentine's wreath. You'll notice that I kept the rag garland, burlap bows, and red berries. In 15 minutes I made the XO letters and heart garland to complete the look.

Heart Garland and X O Letters

Gather your supplies:
  • white yarn
  • pink pom poms (aka puff balls)
  • X and O
  • pink spray paint
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and red thread
  • stiff red felt sold in sheets at the craft store
X and O Letters
To Make the X and O Letters, you will need:
  • Wood, cork, metal, paper mache or chipboard X and O (I found the X and Q in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Pink Spray paint
Cut off the tail of the Q to make an O and zap the X and O with spray paint. Let dry while you make your heart garland.

Felt Heart Garland

 I saw a cute garland made by Kenneth Wingard on the Hallmark Channel Show, Home and Family. The instructions are here and here but I'll share how I made my version.

To Make Hearts
  1. Cut stiff felt in 2 strips of 4" x 12". 
  2. Sew strips together with a 1/4" seam along one 12" side.
  3. Make the top of the heart by opening the sheets and flipping them around
  4. Make the bottom of the heart by sewing with a 1/4" seam along the other 12" edge of your felt
  5. Now you have a heart tube. Cut tube in 3/4" increments.

To Make the Garland:
Using a large needle, thread yarn through pink pom poms and then the sides of the hearts. You can play with the heart shape here and adjust the distance between the hearts and puff balls. I suggest making an even number of hearts for your garland.

Attach the ends of yarn to an old picture frame (or former mirror) or hang on your mantel or over a window. It's been almost 15 minutes so your letters should be dry by how so you can hang them in your frame, too. If not, zap them with the hair dryer to stay under the 15 minutes.

 The wreath hangs over my bed. I think it looks pretty with my vintage white embroidered pillowcases and the red pillow that I made at Christmastime from a man's thrifted corduroy shirt.

You may also enjoy the Free Love Printable and Heart Table Runner tutorial.

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Leesha Chamberlain said...

I love this look! I definitely am a frugal and fast decorator, so this checks both boxes. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Nellis said...

Oh I love this! It's beautiful, quick and easy. What more could you ask for?!

Amanda @ The Hatched Home

Lindsay Eidahl said...

Great idea! Love that it is easy to do! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

Julia Nyanyo said...

It's very sweet, I love the hearts and pom poms together in a garland and with the other elements too it looks great.

laurient soria said...

This is a wonderful idea! I've been looking for the perfect Valentine's Day " wreath and I'm definitely going to try this one out.


Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai said...

I love this wall decoration... so cute! Thanks for sharing at the @HomeMattersParty :) Hope to see you again next week.

Life With Lorelai

Rhiannon Langford said...

i'm all about 5 minute DIYs - love this look!

Maria from Collecting Moments said...

This is so smart and extremely chic! I love the fact that it's quick and very simple. Two things I look for when I want something festive for my home. Thank you so much for sharing this clever tip!

Oh My Heartsie WW Linky said...

Hi heather, this is my first time to your blog, so cute!! I love your wreath, how it worked up!! It looks great over your bed!!! Thanks for bringing such a cute craft to the Oh My Heartsie Girl ww this week!! Have a great week, Karren~Host

Beverly Roderick said...

How pretty! It's a lovely Valentine's decor piece. Combining various elements and textures gives it a great look. Stopping by from Wordless Wednesday.

Barb said...

Thank you for submitting to Motivation Monday!

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

1st time visitor. Pretty blog & very fun Vtine decor!

Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com said...

I love this idea! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Board.

Kimberly Lewis said...

What a great post! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Jann Olson said...

I love Valentines Day as well. My youngest son was born on Valentines. Love this sweet project! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.