Hearts All Around

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By Adrianna Zampieri

February has finally happened upon us, so now it’s the time of year to wear your heart on your sleeve and spread the love. And of course one of the best things about any holiday are the decorations you can display to embrace the festive spirit. These heart DIY projects are sure to get you feeling the love.

I3S16Feb2_HeartGarland Garland of Hearts

This easy-to-make garland from “MADE” is a quick and cheap way to create something charming that expresses your Valentine’s Day spirit. And since this project takes practically no time at all, whip up as many different versions as you want. When assembling your garland, alternate colors of pink, red, and white, or go monochromatic and use different shades of the same color. Of course, you can also sew a garland using colors that match your home to use as everyday decorations. One can never go wrong with a string of hearts.

What You Need:

  • Felt in pink, white, and red
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Red, pink, or white sewing thread

How to Do It:

  1. Fold the felt in half and free hand cut hearts. Cut out as many as you like and in as many sizes as you like.
  2. Using the sewing machine, sew the felt hearts together, one right after the other. You can sew them horizontally or vertically, and you can choose to have the hearts all facing the same way or alternate the direction.

I3S16Feb2_Floral Heart Wreaths Floral Heart Wreath

Holiday-themed wreaths are a popular decoration, but instead of shelling out the big bucks to purchase one, “Design Improvised” has an alternate solution. Make your own. With just one trip to your local craft store and a few dollars (always look for coupons), you can have everything you need to design your own Valentine’s Day wreath that’s tailored to your specific preferences. You can make just one to hang on your front door, or you can put together a few to hang in a cluster on a wall. Either way, these wreaths are a cute, romantic decoration perfect for February.

What You Need:

  • 5-6 small bunches of artificial flowers
  • Grapevine wreath in the shape of a heart
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun

How to Do It:

  1. Use a wire cutter to clip the flowers from their stems, leaving at least an inch of the stem left.
  2. Slot your flowers into the grapevine wreath form. To get the flowers to stay permanently, add a dab of hot glue to the stem before sticking it into the form.
  3. Work your way around the wreath, making sure not to leave any gaps between flowers.
  4. Hang your pretty floral heart on the wall!

I3S16Feb2_Heart Mason Jar Mason Jar Heart Lanterns

Everyone loves mason jars. Everyone loves lights. And a lot of people love Valentine’s Day. What happens when you take those previous statements and mash them all together? A “Lights.com” tutorial is born that shows you how devise a Valentine’s Day themed lantern out of a mason jar. It’s another quick-and-easy tutorial; however, it’s more expensive than the others, but the end result is well worth it. They’re just the right things you need to build that warm and cozy atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day date.

What You Need:

  • Spray paint in red or pink
  • Decorative ribbon or yarn
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glass mason jars
  • Box cutter or precision craft knife
  • Warm White Constellation Series 50 LED String Lights, a flameless candle, or a tea light depending on the size of your jar
  • Permanent marker

How to Do It:

  1. Stick on a few stripes of painter’s tape on one side of the jar. You can then draw any size heart on the tape using a permanent marker.
  2. With a box cutter or precision knife, cut along the heart you drew on the tape. Then start peeling off the tape around the heart.
  3. Coat the entire jar with spray paint. After it’s fully dried, carefully peel off the taped heart.
  4. With the decorative ribbon or yarn that you’ve picked out, tie a bow around the top of the jar. It’s a nice way to add a little more texture to your project.
  5. Add in the 50 LED copper wire lights or a flameless tea light. Now you’re ready to share with your loved one!

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