Monday, January 30, 2012

5 days Of Valentines Day Crafts... Day 1

About a month ago I came up with the idea of trying to make Valentine's Day a week long celebration with some sort of homemade gift/treat for my gang each day. This was a challenge in a few different ways. The main one was cost! With my husband going all Dave Ramsey on me, my amount spent on each day's gift had to be kept low. Finding ideas was another problem. I spent a lot of time looking on-line and in magazines for ideas that I really loved and thought my kids would too.

Speaking of kids, keeping the gifts a secret from them was...well, impossible! Have you ever tried making baked goods without your kids noticing? As soon as I turned the oven to pre-heat they were all gathered around to see what Momma was up to and fighting over who would get to lick the spoon when I was done! That's when I had to adjust my plan a little bit. Instead of me staying up working through the night like a little elf or something, I decided to turn it into a family thing and let my gang help with the projects.

We've had a good time this past week or so putting these crafts together. I really hope that you can use one or tow of the ideas for your special little Valentines or that maybe I can help spark a few ideas of your own :)

Valentines Day 1: Heart wreath

What is a week long Valentine's celebration without some decoration?!  We got the party started with this cute heart wreath.

All you need is (12) 2x11 inch strips of scrapbook paper, (Double sided is best) tape, and a little ribbon.
Fold the (12) 2x11 strips of paper in half.

Join the edges of each strip together forming a heart shape and tape in place.
After you've finished making all the hearts tape them all together (you could also use something like glue dots but tape is cheaper) forming an oval shape.

Cut your ribbon to the desired length.  This is what will connect the nail or hook to the craft.

Thread ribbon between two hearts and tie the end in a knot. I left three hearts between where I threaded the other end of the ribbon and tied another knot.

And that's it! Super easy and cute!

Now just hang up your Valentines Day wreath and listen to your kids whine about how it should go on their bedroom door because they helped with the taping...Oh wait! That was just my kid. ;) 

Day 2 is going to be a treat almost as sweet as my little Valentines. Come back and check it out!


  1. cute! i was thinking of making a secret treat, too, but my kids are stealthy!

    1. Your kids are "stealthy" but mine are just plain sneaky :)

  2. I love it! Super easy and cute too.
    Thanks for linking up!

  3. I'm a behind on my linky party features, but just wanted to let you know that you've been featured on my blog today.

  4. It's cute. But mine didn't keep its shape. Turned out oblong instead if round.

    1. Mine too. Any suggestions?

    2. Hers is kind of oblong too if you look at the picture. Not sure what you could do to get around that. You would need something to stabilize it. Perhaps some clear nylon thread (or fishing line) running through from one end to the other might help secure it without being obvious. That's what I'm going to do. :)

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  6. Just made this wreath. It is super cute, but sags. I used scrapbook paper, but maybe card stock would work better and make the hearts more firm?