Now that it’s February it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. Do you go all-out? Or do you consider it a “lesser” holiday? I guess I fall somewhere in between. How could I ever stop buying special chocolates for my kids and my sweet husband?
And certainly the “love holiday” deserves a front-door wreath and a few pretty decorations. One year I even made a Valentine’s bunting. Today I’m going to add a little glitter to your Valentine’s Day with the darn cutest vintage inspired Valentine I’ve made in a while. Ready?
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Materials to Make a Vintage Inspired Valentine
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- Cardboard hearts–cut by hand or use:
- Sizzix Big shot die cut machine and heart die
- Mod Podge
- Vintage music paper
- Hot glue gun
- Your computer (to print out banners)
I get some strange looks as I’m rolling out the door because it’s quite large, but who cares? When I get home, I cut it into manageable strips and store it behind a cupboard.
Step 1: Cut Heart Shapes
Using scrap cardboard or heavy weight card stock, cut out heart shapes that measure about 3 1/2″ across.
NOTE: My cardboard source is Aldi. You’ll find extremely large sheets tucked between the layers of sugar sitting out on pallets.
Step 2: Add Glitter to the Heart
To glitterize your hearts, spread Mod Podge generously–but evenly–and sprinkle glitter on top (also generously) and pat lightly with your fingertips to ensure adhesion.
Tap off the excess glitter and allow your heart to dry for a couple of hours or over night. If they curl up a little while drying, I set something heavy on them for a few hours and that flattens them nicely.
Step 3: Make Rosettes
To make rosettes for your hearts, cut pieces of vintage music paper about 2 1/4″ x 8″ and fold them into accordions. The next steps are a bit tricky, but I have all the details in my Christmas star post, so pop over there if you need some help.
Step 4. Make Small Glittery Hearts
Cut out small cardboard hearts about 1″ across and apply glitter.
Step 5. Make Small Banners
To make the mini-banners, pick a font you like (I used Veteran Typewriter) and use Microsoft Word Art or Canva to make it curve. The curve adds to the banner-ishness.
Print out the banners and cut around them (as I did in the photos).
Step 6: Put It All Together
Time to assemble all of the parts! Using a hot glue gun, attach the rosette to the large heart, the small heart to the rosette, and the word banner atop that smallest heart.
Attach a loop of ribbon to the back for hanging if you like.
I had lots of fun making these hearts in all different colors and using different words and phrases on the banners.
What else could you print on your banners? How about “Love You More,” “Kiss Me” or “I Will Always Love You”?
I placed them all around my ironstone cupboard. Things are starting to look mighty festive around here.
Wishing you successful Valentine’s Day planning and decorating!
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