Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine DIY

Whether or not you love it or hate it, Valentines Day is on its way.
If you have that special someone to share it with then congrats to you!
If you don't, that doesn't' mean that you can make a little something something for those around you who you love!

Not just one Valentine Tutorial, but several!
I would like to share some sweet crafts I found on Martha Stewart's website.

These are crayon hearts that would look great in any window! I would also make these in flower shapes for spring... (click the image to see the tutorial) 

You can't go wrong with garland. And the great thing about using felt is that you don't have to hem anything or worry about it coming apart! 

Here's a great way to recycle! Use those plastic bags that you have laying around the house to make something pretty and sweet. 

These Lace Votive Holder's are just so pretty and elegant that I decided to post the whole tutorial right here.

"Create sturdy candleholders from lace saturated with fabric stiffener. Fitted with tea lights in glass containers, these luminarias can be positioned alone or in groups around a room or along a mantel for instant ambience."

Use rectangular pieces of lace in several sizes to make a variety of votive holders. The long side of the lace will determine the circumference of the finished item. We used pieces that were 5 inches wide and 14 to 21 inches long. We like guipure for this project, because it has a large and distinct motif, but any medium- to heavy-weight lace will work. 

1. Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace's motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together. 

2. Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace's dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry. 

3. Pop the balloon.

Last year, I made a bunch of paper valentine cards to sell. I had advertised them in my dorm and they all sold the night before the 14th! So crazy...

So tell me...what are you doing this Valentines day?

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