1. Yarn “Love Letters”
Design and Styling by Nat and Holly of My Sister’s Suitcase
What better way to embrace all the love of Valentine’s Day than by a good, old-fashioned yarn-bombing! Choose the letters that spell out your sweet sentiments, and wrap them in your favorite yarn colors. Display them on your mantel or along a shelf that your loved ones pass every day.
8-inch hollow cardboard letters (Nat and Holly used L,O,V, and E)
Yarn in desired colors (to get the ombre effect, use 3 or more different shades from the same color family)
Hot glue gun
- Start with the first color of yarn and wrap the end of your letter.
- Do the exposed edges of the letter first. (See full post for a shortcut & tips on how to cover the exposed edges of the letter.)
- Wrap the rest of the end section with the first color of yarn.
- After wrapping each section, secure the end of the yarn to the back of the letter with hot glue.
- When you are ready to start the next color of yarn, leave a few gaps so you can go back and fill in with the other color of yarn. This will create the ombre effect as you transition colors.
- Repeat steps until all three (or more) colors of yarn are complete. Then repeat the process for each letter.
For more detailed instructions, see the full Yarn Letters Tutorial here!
2. Wear Your Heart on Your Jeans
Design and Styling by Callie Aldridge of Luv Cooks
Outfit your jeans with custom flair, using a tube of fabric paint and foam shapes. Stamp the design on spontaneously, or tape off square grids for a more precise design. These handmade heart-stamped jeans are perfect for a casual date with your main squeeze. You can also try Xs and Os! And, if you really want to send a message, use foam alphabet to spell out your love letter. You’ll be a walking valentine!
One pair of denim jeans (dark denim highlights the white paint best)
White fabric paint
Foam in desired shapes or letters
Cloth measuring tape (optional)
- Place jeans, front side up, on a flat surface. Beginning at the bottom of a right side pocket, use a measuring tape to measure a 2X2-inch square. Mark the corners of each square with a pencil. Continue this pattern down each leg, creating a grid of 2X2-inch squares.
- Dip a foam heart (or desired shape) into paint. Gently press shape onto every other corner of the squares, creating a repeating, diagonal row down the leg. Reapply paint as needed. Repeat on opposite leg.
- To give the pants a vintage, imperfect feel, stamp a few hearts randomly, filling empty spaces. Let dry flat overnight.
3. I Heart Crayons
Crafted by Jennifer Richburg
Old or broken crayons feel brand new again when melted down and molded into cool coloring shapes. Unwrap crayons, sort colors, and create crayons of festive shapes and sizes.
Assorted crayons, wrappers removed
Disposable loaf pans
Candy molds or ice trays
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place like-colored, unwrapped crayons in disposable loaf pans, using separate pans for each color. Place pans in oven until crayons have melted. (Melting time varies, so watch closely; two loaf pans containing 5 to 10 crayons each will take 2 to 5 minutes to melt.) Use toothpicks to check on crayons as they melt or to stir as needed.
- Once crayons have melted, remove pans from oven, and quickly pour into candy molds or ice trays. Let cool, then carefully remove from molds.
Variation: Save a step by placing broken, unwrapped crayons directly into muffin pans or tin cookie molds. Melt as directed, swirl colors with toothpick, and let cool.
4. Festive Fortunes
Design and Styling by Disney Powless of Ruffles and Stuff
At your next Valentine’s soiree, offer these crafty fortune cookies filled with fun flirtations and sweet love letters. Or write some far-fetched and funny “love fortunes” that are sure to elicit gleeful chuckles.
Strips of paper with “fortunes” written on them
Hot glue gun
- Cut circles out of various colors of foam felt, and place a fortune in the center of each one. Fold edges of foam circle in thirds, over the fortune message.
- Pinch open ends of folded “cookie” together, and attach, using hot glue to secure.
5. Valentine’s Party Centerpieces: 2-for-1
When it comes to celebrating matters of the heart, get swept up in the romance and think outside of the box. This creative, cake-like stack of floral hatboxes is a whimsical and artsy ode to love. And, unlike the traditional centerpiece, it doesn’t require a green thumb! Just stack them up, and sprinkle some colorful candies about; and you’re free to return to your blanket beneath boughs of blossoms and wax poetic over love letters from your main squeeze!
Sweet Sundae Centerpiece
Take a trip to the candy store for the makings of a sugarcoated centerpiece ideal for a Valentine-themed gathering with best friends. Channel childhood soda-shop memories with sundae dishes filled to the brim with cinnamon imperial candies. To step up the sugar rush, insert wooden skewers or lollipop sticks into melt-in-your-mouth meringue bites, then arrange like dreamy dollops of whipped cream atop your favorite ice-cream treat. Place a sour cherry candy on top, and add peppermint-stick “straws” to complete this sweet and sentimental display.