Even if you’re single and have no plans for Valentine’s Day, you can still make the most of the holiday with your other solo girlfriends! Order a pizza (or make some holiday-themed food), put on your favorite tunes and make a crafting night of it. There are tons of really fun Valentine’s Day projects at every level of crafting expertise!
Already promised to babysit your siblings while your parents go out? Check out this roundup of awesome crafts for the youngsters. While they’re busy with their own projects, here are three of our favorites for you to try out:
Felt Conversation Hearts:
Nothing quite says Valentine’s Day like conversation hearts. And what’s better than eating them? Sewing up your own plush versions, of course!
Materials for one heart:
Pastel colored felt (9 x 12″)
Needle, sewing thread, embroidery thread, pins
Step one: Measure and cut a 1 & 1/4″ x 12″ strip from the long edge of the felt piece. Cut out the heart pattern, trace 2 hearts onto the felt and cut them out.
Step two: Beginning at the bottom point of one heart, pin and sew the felt strip all the way around the edge of the heart. This can be done by hand with tiny stitches or more quickly with a machine if you have one handy.
Step three: When you reach the end, trim the excess from the strip–an inch or so–and sew the ends together. Turn the seam to the inside. Matching the center top and the bottom point, pin the second heart to the strip. Sew the edge same as the first, leaving an opening to stuff it. The top seam is turned to the inside but the bottom seam is left exposed to give the appearance of molded candy. Stuff the heart with polyfil and finish sewing the opening. You’re done!
This craft is super simple and can be customized for any word you’d like to make.
Wire reinforced clothesline (available at home improvement and hardware stores)
Step one: Clip off a length of clothesline (it took about a yard to make the pictured word) and shape into whatever word you’d like to make.
Step two: Tie or hot glue the end of yarn onto the beginning of the wire and start wrapping the entire word with yarn.
Step three: When you reach a point where two wires cross each other, wrap the yarn around both wires to stabilize the design and hold the word in place.
Step four: Wrap yarn all the way to the end of the word and tie a knot or add a dab of hot glue to secure. Leave about two feet of yarn hanging loose at the end if you like the look of the word in the photo.
Source: Family Chic
Crepe Paper Hanging Hearts:
There are so many great paper rosette DIYs, but this is one of our favorites for Valentine’s Day. It’s not too difficult but takes patience and time! Great for those who love working with paper.
Birthday streamer crepe paper
Step one: Cut out a heart shape from cardboard (whatever size you want to make). The larger the heart, the longer it will take to fill.
Step two: Loosely twist the red crepe paper and roll it into a rosette.
Step three: Hot glue the rosette to your cardboard heart. Try to scrunch them tightly together so you can’t see any of the cardboard. Fill little gaps with little pieces of crepe paper.
Step four: When the heart is covered, wrap the edges with a long strand of twisted crepe paper.
Step five: Next, make the ruffles by folding the pink crepe paper in half and gathering/scrunching it up.
Step six: Hot glue the ruffles around the edge on the back side of the cardboard.
Step seven: The last part is gluing down a ribbon for it to hang from. Viola!
Source: At Second Street
Pssst…into baking? Check out these V-day themed cake pop recipes!
Are you a crafting enthusiast? Are you planning to try any of these ideas, or do you have DIY favorites you like to make each year? Share them with us in the comments below!