Tuesday, February 1, 2011

V-Day Decor

I have never been a big fan of Valentine's Day.  Yes, it is wonderful to receive flowers or chocolates, but why on that one particular day?  And try getting a dinner reservation on that night... no thanks.  Surprise me on a day with a little less hype around it.

But, as with nearly any holiday, my kids get SO EXCITED about it.  So, I am trying to dig down and unearth my Valentine's Day excitement.  As such, I made these:

The wreath idea came from Tatertots and Jello, and the puffball was a natural extension of the wreath.  Total cost for materials was $4.00 ($1.00 each for wreath form, styrofoam spheres, and 2 packs of cupcake liners).  I used polka dot cupcake liners from Michael's (sold in a pack of 75 - 50 red, 25 orange).  I set aside the orange liners and ended up using about 65 liners for the 8" wreath.  I used a different liner for the puffball, but they coordinate.

The printables I found via links on Tatertots & Jello.  She did a contest with a weekend wrap up party, and there are TONS of great projects there. The printables are from here and here.  I printed them on cardstock and placed them in frames I bought at Pottery Barn Kids (they were having a floor sample sale & I picked up 2-11x14 frames & 2-8x10 frames with mats for $16 total!).  The frames are little beat up, but they are up high enough that you (mostly) can't see the scratches (I'm planning on painting the frames & just decided to use them because I had them).  The smaller print was larger than the mat, so I used 2 removable glue dots to secure it to the outside of the mat.  The larger one was a perfect fit.

I'm also going to make a Valentine's Day Chairbacker inspired by this one from Pottery Barn Kids.  I'll show you that one when I'm done.

How do you feel about Valentine's Day?  Do you decorate and celebrate or keep it low key?

PS - I'm sort of giddy about the puffball.  At first I was ambivalent, but it's growing on me.  It looks a bit like a cluster of carnations.  I know, carnations are the Wal-mart of flowers, but I much like the 'Mart, I think they are underrated.

1 comment:

PJ @Home and Garden Decor said...

I do decorate for Valentine's Day but not nearly as much as for any other major Holidays like Thanksgiving, Easter or even Christmas.
I feel the same way as you feel about this "special" day. Some flowers or any other gift from my hubby on any other day of the year makes me much more happy. Still, we always try to make the day a little special by having a very nice meal at home. if the weather allows it, we cook some steaks on the grill and have a nice drink later on in the evening. Getting in the stress of waiting for hours for a restaurant table or making any reservations for a dinner in a restaurant we haven't done in years anymore. we can easily miss out on that stress.