Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Valentine's Wreath


Decorating for Valentine's Day can tend to be a bit on the girly side--lots of pink and hearts and cherubs and such--and that doesn't go over too well at my house full of boys. I wanted a Valentine's Day wreath, though, so I decided to create one that would satisfy my desire for decor without making my sons wince. Here's what I created for $2.00:


Here's how I did it.

I retrieved an old Christmas wreath from my stash in the attic. I'll bet you have some of these, too.


Using my hands and a pair of pliers, I fashioned it into a heart shape. Easy-peasy.

Then I squirted on lots of Elmer's glue and, a section at a time, mashed in floral moss from the dollar store. You could use sheet moss and come up with a beautiful wreath, but sheet moss is rather expensive. Two bags of loose moss cost me $2.00. (Note: I used Elmer's glue because that's what I happened to have on hand--I'm sure spray adhesive or a different kind of glue would work well.)

When the wreath was fully covered, I let it dry overnight. Then I found a vintage Valentine card online (thanks to The Graphics Fairy for her free printables!), printed it out on card stock, and laminated it. This I glued to the wreath.


I wired on some red ribbon for hanging, and voila!


I like the way my $2.00 wreath makes things all Valentinesish (is that a word?) on my screened porch. The red ribbons on the table were left over from Christmas; I figured they worked for Valentine's Day just as well!


The winter landscape is bleak, but at least the porch looks cheerful!

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?

17 comments:

  1. I think this might--MIGHT!--be one craft I can do. :) I love it!

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  2. Hello Richelle, your crown is fantastic ....
    Beautiful idea of ​​Valentine's Day: D
    And your porch is a love!
    I follow you always, even if I do not leave comments :)))))
    A kiss from Italy
    Sabry!

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  3. Super fun ... and I love your view.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  4. That is so cute! I love that you used an old Christmas wreath! I have to try and not use too much pink at my house too:) So far I've been decorating with red and white the boys seem to be okay with that!

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  5. What an awesome way to recycle!! Love the wreath!!

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  6. Love the wreath for Valentine's Day decor! I just love moss on or with or under anything!!! Looks old-fashion with the card....and I like that too!

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  7. That is beautiful Richella! I love that it was done on the cheap too, and look like a million bucks! Pretty in your scenic window too.

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  8. Oh that is CUTE! I have an old wreath...but I am feeling too tired to go to the attic and get it. : )

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  9. You are so creative. I am grateful that you share your ideas. This is so cute.
    Sheila P.

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  10. Oh, you smart girl. I would have never thought of bending the circle into a heart! It's manly and cute at the same time :)

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  11. Cute wreath! Very resourceful. ;-)
    I also am the only "girl" in our house so far. Ha I am holding out hope for a girl next time, but we shall see.
    Anyway, I figure since I am the only girl, I should be able to decorate with pink, etc. if I feel like it, to balance things out. Haha
    And the "boys" in our family enjoy our home the way I decorate it. ;-)

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  12. You were so smart to use an old Christmas wreath as the base of your new heart wreath. I love the vintage Valentine that you added. This looks wonderful hanging on your pretty porch.

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  13. That is so clever! Wonder if I can find one of these in my Christmas stash w/o asking for The Man's help. He might not be too thrilled since he just finally got everything situated in our overhead storage....lol! I do love the thriftiness of this idea. I'm a new follower & would love to have you visit my blog.
    CAS

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  14. I don't know why I never thought to reform a round wreath! And the vintage valentine is just the perfect touch!! It is beautiful!! I hope you and your boys have a wonderful Valenrine's Day!!

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