Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Easy holiday craft

Inspired by the "LOVE" posters from the 1960's and 1970's, I set out to create a LOVE piece of art for myself.

I started by buying wooden letters "L," "V," and "E" for $1.69 each and spray-painting them black. I then glued those to a magnetic sheet I had tucked into a black frame I had in my stash.


You may recall that the old LOVE posters included a lopsided "O." I was seeking to create a holiday decoration, so I thought to substitute a holiday-themed element in place of the "O." I found these wooden cut-outs at A.C. Moore. You can see that I started making this decoration for Easter. I had painted the wooden egg a pretty blue and was all set to add more decorations when I put this project aside for the spring. Still, these cut-outs give you an idea of all the holiday themes you could use:


I missed the spring holidays, but I'm just in time for Independence Day:



I glued the "L," "V," and "E" to the magnetic sheet. I added a strong magnet to the back of the star so that I could include it for July 4. It'll be simple to substitute other elements for other holidays. And I like the black-and-white look for now, but I'm thinking it might also be cute to change the background from time to time. Perhaps I'll tuck a piece of burlap on top of the white magnetic sheet and re-glue the letters to that.


I like the way this simple project looks with my July 4 vignette:



My LOVE sign plus tins from Target's One Spot

Chalkboard plate, fun candles, and some sparkly sticks from Target's One Spot in a vase

My mother's dough cabinet is one of my favorite spots to decorate for different holidays. It's great fun to come up with simple holiday vignettes for this space.


And there you have it! A super-easy craft for July 4 and beyond!

**I'm joining these fun parties:

13 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it!! What a cute idea...I love things that can be used for more than one season. :)

New Every Morning said...

Squeal! I love it!!! You're so creative!

Holly said...

I love that it can be used for more than one occasion. Really cute idea, Richella!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the letters and the chalk paint. Now these are both just so creative and so perfect. What a great idea. Hugs, Marty

Jemsmom said...

That is an awesome idea! I love it! Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

At The Picket Fence said...

I "LOVE" it Richella! :-) That is such a simple way to add so much charm to your already fun and festive 4th of July vignette. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week and for your sweet and supportive comment too!
Vanessa

Debbie said...

This is completely inspirational to me. I love the idea of it, and I REALLY love the idea that the "O" can be interchangeable for holidays.

FANTASTIC and worth flattery by imitation.

Okio B Designs said...

Love your frame - no pun intended! The star is just the perfect patriotic touch! Coming over from Inspiration Friday and your newest follower!

Jeanine

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is PRECIOUS!!!!!! I absolutely love it! I love those LOVE posters too. Something about that slanted "O" is so cute! But this is BRILLIANT!!!!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

LOVE it :) You are right, you could switch it out throughout the year and I love how do-able it is!

Amanda said...

Love this! Maybe a fun summer project before school starts. Is the magnetic sheet avail at any craft store?
Thanks,
Amanda

Lorie said...

I love a decoration that you don't have to put away when the holiday is over!!! This one is perfect! After the 4th I think I will head out and buy the supplies to make my own!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Great idea!!! I love your post and all of your holiday spirit! I'm visiting from Be Different Act Normal! I’m hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I’d love for you to link up and share with me!
http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/4th-of-july-link-party.html

Hope to see you over at my place soon!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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