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Valentine’s Day is on Thursday and since my oldest daughter has been asking me the last couple of years to decorate for it, I made a last minute decision last week to do some Valentine’s crafts!

Yes, this is the first time I’ve ever decorated for the Valentine’s holiday.  It’s not that I don’t like Valentine’s, we celebrate it every year with a fancy candle lit dinner and fun family time at home.  I just never thought all that bright red and pink fit into my county, primitive decor.  But I found some ways to make it work and make my daughter happy!

One of the reasons I don’t decorate for Valentine’s is because I don’t want to spend money on a bunch of decorations that don’t really go with the country/primitive decor of my home, so I set to work finding things around my house I could use to grunge up and sort of fit in with the rest of my home.  (Sort of, I’m not much of a pink girl, when it comes to my living spaces, which may be another reason I’ve never decorated for Valentine’s Day before.)  The only thing I bought was the M&M’s to fill two of the candle jars on our mantel Lucky for me I already had the gum balls and red hots!.

My mantle is rarely without an old window, I have 4 of them that I circulate and redecorate for the current season.  I came up with the idea of putting the word “Love” in my four pained window and my oldest daughter asked if she could make it

P1230558It was really hard on my OCDness to not offer any advice, because I knew her artsy side wanted to just create on its own so I fought off the urge to suggest how to do it and let her work on it.  She did a pretty good job, didn’t she?!

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My youngest daughter helped me make the jars.  Basically she filled them with the candy while I set to work on decorating the outside of the jars.  But it was a great job for her because it worked with her on her colors while she had to sort through multi colored gum balls for only the pink, white and reds!

I set the jars amidst and on old books, one being a Jane Austin (Romance at its best!) and a very old family bible (The ultimate LOVE story!) with red beads draping without.  Although the bible is typically on my mantel, using books to set the jars on was inspired by this Pleated Poppy post.

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I decorated the jars with scrapbook tags and paper, buttons I had around from past projects.  The first jar holds red, white and pink gum balls and a scrapbook tag with hearts and a big button, tied with jute rope.  The second jar holds red hots and a newspaper flower, with a tiny pink button center that is glued in the center of a pink ribbon bow.  The third jar is filled with Valentine’s M&M’s and wrapped in a cream crocheted band with jute rope flowers that have pink button centers.

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I had just enough of this script fabric (purchased from The Scarlet Poppe a couple of years ago) left over in my fabric scraps to make these romantic hearts.  I wrote the word “Love” on the largest heart with red and pink magic markers then coffee stained all of them, along with some torn strips of scrap pink fabric I had, before filling them with batting and sewing them shut.  I then wrote on the stained pink strips with a black magic marker the words “Be Mine”, “I♥U” and “XOX” on the three smaller hearts and pinned the strips on with rusted safety pins.

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I felt the need to give credit where credit was due and add a couple of pictures of my daughter working on the window.  She even let her little sister help a bit and they had a lot of fun together!

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I also made a few decorations for our dinning room table.  Unfortunately these pictures aren’t the best quality because of the sunshine streaming through my dinning room windows but you’ll get the gist.  Set upon my red woven runner are two bed spring candles and a small primitive white drawer box set with some Valentine fillers.


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I put some red pipberries in the drawer of this primitive box and set the top with an old rusted heart, some cookie cutters and a few burlap “love” hearts I made last week.  As I promised when I posted a picture of these hearts on Facebook last week a tutorial on these will be given at the bottom of this post!

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I was fortunate to find a whole twin size mattress of springs when walking through our woods one day this fall.  I have lots of plans for those springs!!!  So far all I’ve done with them is make these bed spring candles at Christmas time.  Of course I didn’t put them away at Christmas because they can be easily altered for every season or holiday.  For Valentine’s I tied pink ribbon on them and used my Scrabble letters to spell “LOVE” vertically on the middle strand.  I love the game Scrabble so LOVE all the Scrabble crafts and art I see on Pinterest and was super pleased to be able to do one myself!

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I just couldn’t resist adding my sons Valentine’s box we made together last night for him to bring to school today!  I knew he wouldn’t really want something covered in pink and hearts and when I saw this picture on Pinterest…

I was inspired to make this…

My son was THRILLED with his boyish Valentine’s box and was so excited to bring it to school today and show it off!

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And now as promised…

First I pinned a piece of burlap onto a cardboard box.  A pin board would work also, but mine are used for organizing our families schedules, school things, etc, so I used a cardboard box.  Make sure to pull the burlap tight.  If you don’t the burlap will bunch up making it difficult to write on or causing the words you’ll write to look funny and distorted.

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Next I used a black magic marker to write “love” in a few different places on the burlap.  Be sure to space these apart quite a bit so that you don’t cut into the space of each heart.

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After you are done writing on the burlap, remove the pins and take the burlap off the box or pin board.  Set your box/pin board aside, you will not need it again.  Fold a large piece of coffee stained fabric in half and pin this and the burlap together, with your words face up.  (If you don’t know how to coffee stain fabric there is a good tutorial here.)  When I pinned my fabrics together I just put three pins around the three points of the word where I would cut my heart shape from.

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Next I cut different sized hearts around my “love” words.  I didn’t draw a heart on the fabric to follow, I just free handed it, but you can if you are more comfortable with that.

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In these next pictures, close ups of my hands, pay no attention to how badly my nail polish needed to be redone, yikes!

Now unpin your hearts and take the burlap heart and without turning it…

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…simply just place it on the back side of the coffee stained hearts, with the word love facing the backside of the middle heart.

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Pin your three hearts together, with at least three pins, one at each point of the heart.

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Sew a 1/4 inch hem around the outside of your heart…

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…making sure you leave room to turn the heart right side out and for putting batting inside.  You’ll see I left mine pretty small but yet big enough to do this.  The less hand sewing the better!

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Turn your heart right side out by holding the two muslin pieces in one hand and the burlap in the other hand and push the heart through the opening.  This will make sure the word “love” is out.  Be careful to do this correctly so that you don’t end up with the muslin as your two outside pieces and the “love” word on the inside.

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Next you will fill your burlap hearts with batting and sew it shut.  Heads up burlap is a bit tricky to hand sew because of how it likes to pull apart.  Last…enjoy your burlap hearts!!!

I hope you enjoyed this post and all of my new Valentine’s decor.  I know my kids certainly are and I’m glad that I finally did this for them!

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