Crafty Behaviour : Handmade Valentine Decorations 2020

Well, here I’d planned to show you our Valentine decor today, incorporating every piece of the recent thrift store finds written about here. I thought I’d also throw in some handmade things I’d made for the holiday this year. Then I began editing the photographs and realized that the urge to craft had really set in over the past few weeks and putting everything together in one story would make for an annoyingly long post. So, today I’ll quickly share the handmade things and tomorrow I’ll show you how they look in our decor, alongside the thrifted pieces.

There’s something about the colour scheme and the shape of hearts that really gets me in the mood to make things. I work at a table in our kitchen, so it’s been covered in paper, paint and random supplies for about three weeks now. Nick is pretty laid back about things like that, but it had gotten to the point that I had to apologize to him more than once about the mess I’d made!

These are all easy makes (except for the crocheted pieces if you’re not a crocheter) and most pieces are a different take on things I’ve made before, so I’ll link to tutorials in previous posts where appropriate.

I realize I’m too late with this to inspire Valentine crafting this year, but it will be here to get you planning ahead for next year.

Here are the pieces …

A “Needlepoint Plastic Canvas Heart” previously demonstrated in this post. I used yarn from my stash and had the plastic canvas heart leftover from when I made them before, which originally came from Michael’s.

A “Wooden Heart Die Cut painted and decorated with paper” previously demonstrated in this post. The base shape came from Dollarama.

Some small wooden heart die cut decorations, which I painted and glued together, adding skewers to some and hanging strings to others. The supplies all came from Dollarama, found in the regular craft supply section.

Some beaded Hanging Ornaments, using red beads and plastic hearts from a garland found at Dollarama (which I forgot to photograph before disassembling), and other beads and findings that I had. These beads and hearts were threaded on a tulle ribbon, and with some tugging, I was able to get them off. The beading technique and tools were previously demonstrated in this post.

A couple of “Cross Stitch on Paper” hearts, the same but in different sizes. I did a tutorial for this technique a while back (see it here) however, while it still works I’ve changed the way I do these and plan to write a new tutorial post for this, so, if you’re interested in cross stitching on paper, please be on the lookout for that. (I’ll link it here once it’s up).

The pattern I used for these is here : Free Cross Stitch Heart Pattern

A crocheted Heart Shaped Wreath. I followed this method to make it, using a heart shape wire frame that I got from the base of this hanging decoration from Dollarama. The red reed part came off easily and, being a natural substance, was put into the compost.

I’m hooked on these renewable everlasting sachets, which are a cover that goes over a cotton cushion, to which you add whatever essential oils you like, refreshing it when needed.

This is the 6th one I’ve made and they all get used regularly. Aside from having them around the house, where they add a nice natural scent, I toss one in my suitcase when travelling. Anyway, I wanted one for this time of year, so made a simple (for people who know how to crochet) version using one of these crocheted hearts, which I stitched onto a pouch I made from a length of half-double crochet, sewed down the sides. Non-crocheters can make these, too, using fabric scraps and cotton balls.

And, here are a couple of things that I slightly modified for the holiday. The hanging wooden heart came with a plain finish which I painted a soft grey. Then I hung it with a couple of vintage skeleton keys that were actually used by our relatives now sadly departed, to give it a “Key to my Heart” look. The big one was from my grandparents and the smaller one from Nick’s aunt.

The wreath is something I put together at Christmastime. I Valentined it up by adding one of the wooden hearts.

Thanks for reading. I hope the crafters out there will be inspired by these ideas.

Please come back tomorrow to see what all of these things look like in action, amoungst our Valentine’s Day decor.

xo loulou

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