decorations

A Valentine Hoop

I really enjoy decorating for Valentine’s Day. A whole day devoted to love… and a reason to add pink hearts to my boy-filled house.DSCF7313This year I whipped up a little Valentine-y hoop to add to our holiday decor. Oh how I love holiday decor. :)

DSCF7312Super simple: fabric in the hoop and felted wool hand-stitched with embroidery floss.

DSCF7311A sweet [and easy!] way to celebrate the one you love… but I like it so much, that it just might stay up year-round.

Ribbon Heart Garland: a Tutorial

Why, hello there, February! So nice to see you, in all your pink loveliness. Yes, this is the month I can decorate my house with glorious shades of pink, and none of the boys in my house can argue with me. So wonderful!

I had some pink glittery ribbon in my house [that was part of a post-Christmas clearance ribbon pack - do people really decorate with pink for Christmas?] and when I saw it, I knew I had to use it to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

So I whipped up some quick and lovely ribbon heart garlands.

I actually like them so much that I want to make them in a more neutral color to use for every day decor.

Want to make some too?

Cut short strips out of a stiffer ribbon [not one that has wires in it, but one that keeps its shape a little as you bend it] – the length can vary, but I found that they looked best when cut between 5-7in. long.

Fold the ribbon in half – it should be folded the opposite way that it goes around the spool [the side of the ribbon that is facing the inside of the spool should be now facing outward].

Sew a tight zig-zag stitch toward the end of the folded end.

It should look like this when you’re done.

Pinch the other end together, so the ribbon now makes a heart shape.

Sew the bottom of the heart together, with another tight zig-zag stitch.

Trim the loose threads, and this is what your ribbon heart will look like.

Make a bajillion of them. Don’t worry about making them all the same size [unless that will drive you crazy!]

Now thread your needle with some embroidery thread, like this. Don’t tie a knot anywhere in your thread. I didn’t cut the length of my thread until I was done and knew how long I wanted it to be.

Thread your embroidery thread from the top of the heart through the bottom.

Continue this until you have as many hearts on the garland as you would like. You can space them out or have them closer together, whichever you think looks best.

Then hang them up and let the pink take over your house!

Valentine Conversation Heart Garland: a Tutorial!

In the house full of boys like mine, there’s not a lot of opportunity for pink. I think that’s why I end up wearing pink a lot [that and my hubby once told me I look good in pink... totally bought a lot of pink shirts after that!]

So, Valentine’s Day is really the perfect excuse to pink-ify my house. [yes, I made up that word. go with it.]

This tutorial is suuuuper easy. You could make it a project you do with your kids – or not. You could also make it much more intricate. You could even do it no sew.

Start with some felt. I used regular old by the yard felt. Wool felt will be nicer and last longer. Regular felt is cheaper, and I happened to have a bunch of it.

Cut the felt into strips. The width of the strips should be about how wide you’d like your hearts to be.

Fold the strips in half [I did two strips at a time, to make it go a little faster]. Cut your hearts on the fold, so the center of the heart is where the fold is. This is genius if, like me, your hearts are never symmetrical.

Cut as many as you’d like, from whatever colors you’re going to use.

Now write your cutesy Valentine sayings on top of the hearts. I used these Sharpie Stained fabric markers. They are awesome. Regular permanent makers will bleed, so don’t use those. [Also, my white felt had a "flatter" side that was better for writing on - the other side didn't look as nice. This is also a case for nicer felt...]

Then sew them together – a straight stitch all the way across. You can space them farther apart if you want, then just keep sewing a little bit in between each one, so you end up with a “chain” of stitches in between your hearts.

You could also hot glue the hearts to a ribbon to hang them, if you don’t want to sew them. That’s what I did for this no sew birthday banner.

Then enjoy how excited your kids [even boys!] can get about simple Valentine’s decorations.