Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Version of Valentine's Crafting...

The people closest to me know that I love to switch up our home decor quite often.  I use different seasons and holidays as my excuse to swap patterns, colors and textures in and out of our space all year long.  But shockingly, that doesn't mean I go all out for every holiday on the calendar.  One of the holidays I've never decorated for is Valentine's Day.  And while I'm still not going all out...thanks to a super sweet invite to a blog hop full of talented ladies, I've decided to try my hand at a little Valentine's Day crafting! :)

14 VALENTINE'S DAY  PROJECTS

For my project, I wanted to make some art to add a little "love" to our mantel.  I went shopping in my crap craft room {one of the few times I've been thankful for my hoarded stash taking up an entire room} and gathered my supplies: empty frames, cardstock, a heart-shaped lever punch, glue, ruler and x-acto knife.



I know my color scheme doesn't scream Valentine's Day, but it fits perfectly in our home and I wanted to prove to myself I could make something Valentine's-ish without using pink and red.

I started by cutting out my backgrounds.  I used the filler paper that came with the frames as templates, and cut clean lines with my ruler and x-acto knife. {Please ignore my much-in-need-of-a-manicure-nails.}


Then I started punching holes...errrr, hearts.


I lined things up as I punched along so I could get an idea of how many I'd need.


When I had enough hearts cut out, I laid everything into place.  Then I got out the trusty Elmer's to glue each heart down, one by one.  


The key is to not put a ton of glue on the back...just a dab.  And since you have the grid already laid out, you can slide the hearts around until the placement looks right.  I didn't measure anything for this project.  In fact, that was my requirement.  I didn't want to measure anything! ;)

After the first grid was done, I decided to use my next frame to write out an X and O.  Again, I just eyeballed the placement, and glued after I laid everything in place.


Once the glue dried, it was time to pop them into their frames, and voilà!  Instant Valentine's Day art for our mantel! :)






Now, before you go, please make sure you enter to win a $140 Target gift card and check out the 13 other amazing Valentine's Day projects!!  You won't want to miss any of them! :)

Target gift card giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway Valentine's Day Projects 1
Valentine's Day Projects 4
Valentine's Day Projects 2
Valentine's Day Projects3

43 comments:

  1. I love your Valentine's display! The not-so-typical colors are refreshing. And I love Target for--drumroll--their diapers. I lead a thrilling life!

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  2. adorable! i love the black, white and gold combo!

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  3. target is affordable and always on trend! :) sorry- had to answer the question, too!

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  4. You know how much I love black, white and gold! So pretty!

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  5. I love Target because of the Dollar spot, their great deals (clearance!!!!!) And their friendly staff.

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  6. I love Target for their clearance! I have found several great deals

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  7. Target is great b/c of the variety of things available!

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  8. It looks great on your mantle. I have never done much for Valentine and I love that you did it without pink!

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  9. love target clearance... love taraget home... love everythinggg! Kate Z.

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  10. Super cute! I don't decorate for V day either, instead I go nuts in my classroom! And I'm all over that Target card! There are tons of turquoise items on clearance at my Target that made me think of you!

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  11. very cute. and i love that you can shop your craft room...like me. craft hoarders UNITE! hah.

    I love target because, it's flipping target. CMON!

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  12. Great V'Day display! I love target because it is just awesome! great style for a great price. Who doesn't love TARGET! Hope I win.... Victoria

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  13. *le sigh*

    Oh Tar-jay how do I love thee? Let me count the ways....

    Really though I love everything about Target. Mostly the Threshold home line.

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  14. Black and Gold looks great together! Your mantel is amazing! Thanks so much for being in the group today!Hugs!

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  15. I'm not a big Valentine decorator either so I love how your craft fits in so well with the rest of your home! (P.S. I have a crap room too - it is NEVER clean...)

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  16. I love Target because that's where I buy the majority of my home stuff. Great decor, good towels, toys, movies, etc. Love your version, I'm not a big fan of pink or red (except my daughter's very pink room and the vintage red in my son's room but not together).

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  17. Super cute, Gabbi! So glad this giveaway brought our blogs together! I've had fun looking around at your posts!

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  18. Super cute, Gabbi! I love the non-traditional color combo you chose. Your mantel looks great! I'm so happy to have discovered your blog!

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  19. Girl, I am so glad I'm not the only one with a crap, er, CRAFT room full of stuff! :-D I love what you did with things you already owned--so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! It was great to be on this hop with you!

    ~Abby =)

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  20. I love what you did! I had never decorated for Valentine's Day either, but I've decided it's kind of fun :) So happy to be part of this blog hop with you!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

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  21. Adorable. You so crafty. My mantle is blank. I should get on that.

    I think this comment will be shorter if I list why I don't like Target. Because it takes all of my money. That is all.

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  22. Adore this! I have a huge crush on anything black & gold :) Love, love your mantel...perfect! XO

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  23. So simple! That is my kind of crafting too. If only I had one of those fancy machines. Love your mantle. It is so elegant. Had a great time hopping with all of you today. Have a great week!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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  24. Pretty heart craft and mantel! I like your use of untraditional colors! So pretty! :)

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  25. I can always find something to update my home from Target!

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  26. i love that your V-Day crafting is in gold and black. They look great on the mantle!

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  27. Very pretty! You bring the class to V-Day. Gold is such a great choice!

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  28. I love Target because of the home decor and fashion finds. You get great quality for a amazing price. :)

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  29. Two words: Nate Berkus.

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  30. Love target--threshold and nate and dollar bins and...everything!

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  31. I love Target because of their clearance markdowns!!

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  32. Target actually has the best produce. I've never found a better pomegranate than at Target!

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  33. I love Target because I can get groceries and pretty stuff all at once.

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  34. Target is basically Disney World for me - I love everything about it!

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  35. I always love the variety and styles they have at target!

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  36. I love Target because I can get anything from TP to Picture Frames to bananas!

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  37. I LOVE TARGET! Target is my go-to store. I am never disappointed with any purchase. From clothes to decorating to food, they have it all!

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  38. Very cool projects, these projects highlights your creativity, love those shape puncher device, does it have changeable shape cartridge or puncher? I'm just curious, thanks.

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