Can you inherit the DIY gene? My mom was an original when it came to DIY projects ~ before they were called DIY. She was the queen of decoupage, making purses from wooden boxes and covering them with decorative paper and attaching leather handles. Once we were at the store and a lady asked my mom if she would sell her the purse my mom was carrying. As first my mom was a bit flustered. She mentioned a price, the lady agreed, and I watched my mom dump everything out of her purse into a grocery bag. As a 13 or 14 year~old, I was so embarrassed. But my mom was so excited and took it as a real compliment. She just went home and kept on making purses. She made these intricate shadow boxes and needlepointed and made doll clothes for my dolls. I didn’t realized it at the time, but she was one of the most talented people I’ve ever known. (She also had a green thumb and was a fabulous cook.) I don’t know exactly when I got the DIY bug or where it came from, but I’m going to thank my mom for passing on a small amount of her considerable talents ~ I bet she would have been a fabulous blogger, too. So that brings us the second month of Ten on the 1oth under $10. I’m hosting a Valentine Brunch for a few girlfriends this weekend and I wanted to create a few festive decorations to celebrate the occasion. Here are 3 DIY Decorations for a Valentine’s Party. I actually got 3! yes, friends, 1~2~3 Valentine projects out of the same supplies. The last one was a last minute, spur of the moment bonus.
I’d seen some cute Valentine’s garland for the mantle or wherever you want to add some heart decor. I had even ordered a strand already, but the hearts were really small. While shopping at Sample House, I found some gold tags that I thought would be the basis for a garland.
I pulled out some supplies that I already had: a sheet of pink polka dot scrapbook paper ( I am a sucker for pretty paper and pretty fabric.), a sheet of gold glitter sticker paper, a roll of Cricut vinyl (on sale) for when the day comes that I unpack my Cricut, and a roll of pretty pink ribbon, and my medium~size heart punch (I’ve become obsessed with punches and I buy ones I like when they are on sale).
Step 1 ~ Using the gold heart tag as a template, I cut out pink polka~dot hearts.
Step 2 ~ Using the heart punch, I made little bright pink hearts (with the Cricut vinyl) and gold glitter hearts from the sheet of sticker paper. Then I put them on the larger hearts. I made 18 hearts total.
Step 3 ~ I didn’t use the pink ribbon, but another roll of wider white ribbon to string the hearts.
After stringing the hearts, I went back and I looped the ribbon to keep the hearts in place.
Step 4 ~ Swag the garland as much as you like and either tape or tie to hold in place. I ended up only needing 10 hearts for my garland.
2 packs gold tags (6 tags each) @ 2.50 each; I used 5 gold tags $2.08 1/2 sheet scrapbook paper @ $.62 (on sale) $.31 1/8 sheet gold glitter sticker paper (1.29) $.16
Total Cost: $2.55
Other supplies already on hand: heart punch, roll of white ribbon, Cricut vinyl (can’t even calculate the teensy amount I used.)
Decorative Valentine Door Decor
I wanted to have a little decorative touch for our front door when my guests arrived. Originally I was thinking a heart~shared wreath, but I didn’t see any as the craft store. But I find a heart~shaped piece of wood. So that was my inspiration. Then I added a 12~inch wooden square. I already knew that I had gold and pink spray paint at home and glittery gold sticker paper. Let the fun begin.
Step 1 ~ Spray paint the square gold. I’ve just decided to leave my HomeRight Tabletop Spray Shelter up since I use it all the time, weather permitting.
Step 2 ~ Spray paint the heart pink (missed a pic of that).
Step 3 ~ Use wood glue to adhere the heart to the square.
Step 4 ~ Using the wooden heart as an template, cut out a heart from the gold glitter sticker paper left from the Heart Garland Project. (You can see that I had already used the gold glitter paper to punch out small hearts.) I still have almost half a sheet of that paper left.
Step 5 ~ Stick the gold sticker paper to the pink heart.
The “door art” looked a little bare. I happened to see online that Pier 1 had gorgeous spring faux flowers on sale. What says Valentine’s more than hearts and flowers? My Pier 1 is right next to my vet, so I dropped by. They have the most gorgeous faux spring flowers ~ peonies, chrysanthemums, azaleas. I found a beautiful branch of pink flowers on sale.
Step 6 ~ Using small garden clippers I cut off the pale pink flowers as close to the flower as possible. Some blooms were pink and white and some were more peachy. I didn’t use those. I used my glue gun (of course, one of my favorite DIY tools) to attach the flowers around the edge of the wooden square.
The Finished Project ~ simple, clean and elegant.
Step 7 ~ I super glued a couple of D~hangers to the back and tied with a piece of white ribbon. I purchased a door hanger (with coupon) for our front door and hung the door decoration. I couldn’t believe they made gold door hangers.
1 12 X 12~inch wood square (5.49 – 40% off) $3.29 1 wood heart $1.49 1/4 of a sheet gold glitter sticker paper (1.29) $.32 1/3 faux flowers from 1 branch, Pier 1( 12.95 on sale) $4.32 gold wreath hanger (3.49 – 40% off) $2.05
Total Cost $11.47 + tax
Other supplies already on hand: gold metallic spray paint, Candy Pink spray paint, white ribbon, D-hangers, super glue, glue gun, wood glue
O.K. I know I went a teensy bit over budget, but I’ll get so much pleasure from that door hanger. And I have more flowers and gold glitter paper to use for another project. Which came to me as Valentine Project #3.
Bonus Valentine Project Number 3
O.K. I told you that I made 18 hearts for the garland, but only used 10. While setting the table for the my Valentine brunch, I realized I could use the remaining 8 hearts. This time I used the skinny pink ribbon I had and tied a length of ribbon to each heart and hung them from our dining room chandelier. Then I needed something in the middle of the chandelier. Eureka! I still had a bunch of the pink faux flowers. So I pulled them off the branch, used a twist tie to make a ball, tied some ribbon and hung it from the center ball of the chandelier. Just the right finishing touch! And I didn’t spend another penny. And I still have flowers, a branch, pink ribbon and other supplies left for other projects. I love when I surprise myself with what I call random acts of DIY. (I hear applause. Thank you, thank you.)
If I divide the total cost of the 3 projects, my cost per project is $4.67. Not bad. And I love the results.
Well I’m almost ready for the Valentine’s Brunch. Monday I’ll share pictures and my tablescape. Tomorrow on The Bulletin, I’ll share the recipe for a delicious, make ahead egg casserole as well as the menu. Don’t forget to sign~ up to receive the goodies in your inbox.
If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, have a lovely, special, romantic time. We’ll be at home having a cocktail, enjoying a delicious meal, exchanging cards, hugs and kisses, and dancing in the kitchen. Now please visit the other bloggers participating in Ten on the 1oth.
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