How to Make Valentine's Day Decorationsby Janece Bass
Make Valentine's Day decorations to spruce up your home or office for the holiday. Homemade Valentine's Day decorations can add to a festive or romantic atmosphere in any room of your home or for a party. Include your children in making some of the decorations to spend extra time together. Many children learn from crafts and enjoy craft-time, which typically makes handmade holiday decoration projects a pleasure for all involved.
Items you will need
- Thick paper or fabric
- Stencil of hearts (optional)
- Glue or fabric adhesive
- Decorative embellishments
- Hole puncher (optional)
- Craft foam hearts
- Push pin or craft knife
- Lollipop / chopsticks / wooden dowel / 24-gauge wire
Garland of Hearts
Draw large hearts on construction paper, cardstock, fabric or a combination of the three with a pencil. Each heart should be the same size for a balanced look. Or, alternate between two or three different sizes. Use a stencil or trace the first heart to ensure they are the same sizes.
Cut out the hearts. Use craft scissors if you want decorative edges.
Decorate the hearts with stickers, glitter or layers of decorative paper and fabric cut into smaller hearts. Add any embellishments you desire, such as spelling out a message on the hearts.
Punch small holes on both sides of the heart, or cut two small slits if you don't have a hole puncher.
Thread a long piece of string through the holes in the hearts, with the strings going behind the hearts and coming out of the front. Tie a knot on the front side of the hearts so each heart stays in place.
Hang the heart garland above your bed, over the fireplace, behind the couch or wrap it around a tree, lamp, staircase railing or other area in your home.
Poke a small hole near the pointed bottom of each craft foam heart shape with a push pin or craft knife. Use five, six or seven hearts per "flower."
Decorate the heart-shaped petals with glitter, pictures, faux gemstones or any other embellishments you wish to add. Use the petals to spell out a message if you want to surprise your love with a bouquet of flowers and Valentine's Day message.
Slide the craft foam hearts onto a lollipop stick under the sucker. If you want a more grownup version, use chopsticks, wooden dowels or 24-gauge wire as makeshift stems.
Fan out the hearts so they resemble the petals of flowers. Place the flowers in vases around your home for decoration.
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