I’m enjoying creating several Valentine’s Day decor items this year. Typically, I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day until the day of, but this year, I’m changing things up. I’ve decided to put together a Valentine’s mantel and this little wreath is going to be a focal point. To make this, I combined several different elements and textures.
I started with an old wreath that I had painted white at some point.It was looking pretty sad.
I wanted it to have a bold look, so I spray painted it bright red.
I made a small banner for the wreath out of burlap. I measured and cut and spaced the pieces out to fit across the wreath. I used pinking shears to cut the bottom of each piece of burlap. Each piece is folded over a string of white twine and hot glued in place.
I had a package of foam self adhesive hearts, stars and letters that I picked up last year for a fourth of July craft. The hearts worked great for the banner.
I attached the banner by white twine to the wreath using two white hearts.
At this point, I wasn’t sure what else I wanted to put on the wreath, so I starting playing around with a variety of potential items. I love opening up one of my craft boxes and pulling things out, not knowing exactly how I might use them. Sometimes, it’s great to have a plan in place for a craft before you start. Other times, it can be fun to just try this or that until something works. Do you do this?
I used some burlap and cloth and red felt and cut out a layered heart. Then added a foam heart to the center.
The arrow is made from a cake pop stick and by cutting some strips from one of the larger foam stars I had and adding a foam heart to the top.
The flower is made using an accordion fold method as described in my post about turning cards into ornaments. Two pieces of fabric are glued together and a foam heart added to the center. A small circle of stiff burlap is added to the center of the back to make it sturdy and to allow it to be glued onto the wreath easily.
Once I had everything in place, I was concerned that it looks a little too busy. I’m still not convinced that it doesn’t. But, since I want this to be the focal point of the mantel, I’m okay with its busyness.
I’m sharing my Grapevine Valentine’s Wreath at the Spring Craft Blog Hop which is an awesome link party, hosted by 18 bloggers. You can find the link to add your Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day or Mardi Gras craft by clicking below. I hope you’ll share your crafts with us!
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