I don’t know about you, but I always have a million design/DIY projects going on, and so when it comes to holidays other than Christmas, I have a really hard time wanting to spend money on decorating items for these other holidays. Because I want to put it towards my bigger projects. But this week, I have five really fun, inexpensive Valentine’s Day design projects that are easy. Watch how I put all of them together on my latest YouTube episode here:
Project #1- Heart Topiary Trees
For my first project, you’re going to think I’m a little crazy. So, I saw a shamrock at Michaels… hold up, aren’t we supposed to be making Valentine’s decor??! Well, I wanted to make some heart-shaped topiary trees covered in either boxwood or in a moss. I just thought that would be really cute to have heart shaped topiary’s to go on in my décor. So, when I came across this shamrocks at Michaels, and I’m like, “that kind of looks like four hearts”.
The first thing that you are going to do is paint some terracotta pots in the color of your choice (I used pink rose by CraftSmart)…. starting on the inside about halfway down, because part of the top of the inside is going to be exposed.
And you’re probably going to need to do a couple of coats, because terracotta will really suck up the paint. Now if you wanted, it would be kind of cute to do a whitewash, to give it a kind of old aged affect to it. But I just kind of thought I’d bring out a little Valentine’s pink.
While the pots dry on their first coat, go ahead and stain some wood dowels with a watered down burnt umber paint mixture. Just going to slap it on there. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it can be a little uneven and that would be fine. Take a paper towel and wipe some of the excess off. You could do a couple of layers until it gives a nice little modeled effect.
While those are drying, take your shamrock, which, for the most part, is separated and only really connected in the very center. So, take some wire cutters and clip them as close to the bottom as possible and then you will have four separate hearts. Try to bend four shamrock leaves into a more prominent heart shape. Keep working on it until you are happy with the shape.
I got floral foam from the dollar store that I glued inside terracotta pots. Now take your dowels, find center, and then shove it straight down, all the way. For a little added stability, add a little bit of glue around the base. I just covered up the foam with left over moss from a Christmas project.
Take two hearts one for the front and one for the back, wire the wood dowel to one side and add a little hot glue if you like just to double secure it. Then put on the other heart. To make sure the heart stays on good, wire it together twisting it in to place until it’s nice and secure. Cut off some of the excess wire and then tuck it in to hide it. I had a little bit of grapevine left over from the stem of the shamrock, so, what I did to finish this topiary tree out, is wrap it around the dowel.
I recognize that not everybody has a Michael’s near them, or might not have access to that shamrock I used to make that. So, how I was originally going to do that, was I going to cut a heart out of foam core and layer it around the dowel and then cover it in moss. And so you could do something similar to that. I’ve also seen styrofoam hearts before, you could order one of those offline and maybe use some boxwood or moss or whatever you’d like to do to get that look. So there are ways to kind of get the same look and using different product, in case you don’t have that shamrock that just seemed to work out so perfectly. Then you have options as well as that.
Project #2 Valentine Love Quote Art
This project was inspired by “Reasons to Skip the Housework” post, here:
I wanted to do my own quotes but thought her idea was SO cute. Check out her post… maybe her quotes will work better for your project or you can use my quote below… as well as how I put it together (which is shown in the video as well).
These are pretty easy to put together here is my free printable:
These quotes were both inspired by the Valentines in my life. The first one is my kiddos, who would not remember the word Valentines, but they did remember that it was “a whole day of love”. And that is just what they have always called it.
The other quote was inspired by my sweetheart, my Valentine, my husband, and it was the last line of a poem he wrote me and gave to me on our first Valentine’s day together. He’d probably die if he knew I’d shared this with you. But it’s a really sweet quote that means a lot to me.
The project itself is fairly simple. I start out by cutting the printable in half, and trimming off the edges. I cut a foam core board to about 7×10 inches, and created a stand width by just using a corner of foam core board on about a 75 degree angle, which would help it to tilt back a little bit. And I just eyeballed this. I hot glued burlap to cover the board, and then I added a piece of twine about an inch from the top and hung the printable on the twine with a mini clothes pin. It’s a super easy project and so cute. And it’s hardly any money at all.
Project #3 Dollar Store Rose Tea Light Tray
This project is probably the easiest of them all. I picked up a tray on sale from Michael’s and six packages of these adorable pink rose tealights from Dollar Tree. They come two to a package. And so they lined up with the edge of the tray, I just stacked a couple of pieces of foam core in the tray and set the roses in, it is really as easy as that.
These tealight roses light up and look so awesome at nighttime! They also come in white, but you could use them at a dinner party for a fun and easy centerpiece. This project is one that literally anyone can do!
Project #4 L-O-V-E Printable Pictures
You will need the below printable for this project:
So, all I did is get four frames from the Dollar Tree that already had a nice white matt, and I thought they looked pretty good for a dollar! I cut out the printable in four pieces to fit inside the frames. I popped them right into place, so easy! I hung them off of ribbons by threading it through a little hook on the back.
Since they are a little heavy, I used push pins to hang them right above the mirror and made sure you can’t see the push pin, but it will be sturdy and in the wall. That’s it, it’s as easy at that.
Project #5 Heart Garland
My last project is super easy as well. All I have did was take two different kinds of scrapbook paper and two different sizes (small) of hearts, using was cookie cutters to trace them out on the back side of the paper and then cut them out and a hole punch to thread the twine through.
If you really want to make this easy, they do have really cool heart punches that you can buy to punch them out if you’re doing like a lot of them. But since I was only doing a few of them, I decided to just trace them with some cookie cutters that I already had. I had some gold and white twine that would look really pretty with this, but since I’ve got some rustic elements, I kind of like that rustic meets glitzy look that I’ve got going already.
I spaced the hearts out every three and a half inches and tied them each on with a simple slip knot leaving about 10 inches of excess on either end to hang the garland on. Super easy.
When I was putting everything together I noticed that there is not much of a height difference between the topiary trees and my lamps, so I solved that by taking some books and just making covers for them out of some wrapping paper that I got at the dollar store. This lifted up the lamps adding height and little bit more Valentine color.
What do you think? What was your favorite project? What are you going to do? Let me know in the comment section below.
I’ve got a lot of projects coming your way, and I post video tutorials every week on YouTube, so, if you like things like this, DIY, design, real estate, home, all things relating to the home, then you’re going to want to subscribe to my channel there and make sure you turn the notifications are turned on and we will see you there next week, because I’ve got more stuff coming!
Happy Valentine’s Day!