diy valentines decor

Thank you, Dollar Tree, for having the exact little sparkly hearts I was envisioning.

Happy February! Every year I forget how busy my job is in January. It is always such a relief when February arrives and I can breathe a little easier (figuratively, but also literally – I had a lame cold the last two weeks of January. I’m still relishing Luke sleeping through the night most nights – ticks me off when a cough keeps waking me up!).

So far, February has started out amazing – the weather has been gorgeous (sunshine, nice to see you again!), Luke got to see both of his grandmothers last week, and I’ve gotten in some small crafting projects. I also like being able to slow down and enjoy the small moments, like peeling carrots for Luke’s food while he played next to me in his jumper this morning. Now he’s watching intently as Ian makes some cookies.

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, so I thought I’d post some pics of my super easy DIY decor.

I made this yarn-wrapped wreath a couple years ago when we were still remodeling our house, so it must have been quick. The foam wreath is the more square variety (that they happen to sell at Dollar Tree). I just wrapped her up in yarn, embroidered a little felt heart and called it good.

yarn wrapped jar valentines diy valentines decor

I just threw together this little ensemble. I had the ideas floating around in my head, and this is what emerged. I’d like to add something more to the mason jar… maybe some flowers from a certain special someone? ūüôā I wrapped the mason jar in yarn awhile ago and figured out the rest a few days ago. Fun fact: the “Love never fails” was stenciled with my Tupperware stencils from my childhood.

diy valentines decor yarn wrapped jar heart garlandIt’s fun coming up with seasonal decorations for the half wall between our dining area and the piano room. I put in some simple scrapbook paper into the photo frame, set out some candle holders and hung a heart garland.

yarn wrapped jar felt heart diy valentine decorSo remember these yarn-wrapped jars from Christmas? Yep, took me about 5 minutes to cut out some felt hearts and tie them to the jar with some yarn. I’ve seen lots of mason jars with doilies and paper hearts tied around them on pinterest and other blogs, which is definitely cute, but I didn’t want to have to buy doilies so this worked for me.

yarn heart garland diy valentines decorThis yarn heart garland was inspired by a mini-version that I pinned here. Again, I didn’t want to have to buy supplies (the thinner yarn and smaller crochet hook) so I just used the heart pattern and used some regular yarn I had on hand. Then I used a yarn needle to thread a piece of yarn through the backs of all the hearts. The hearts crochet up super fast – maybe 5-10 minutes? – and so this was a quick, easy project too.

There you have it! Some little valentines crafts to decorate your home, enjoy!

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12 days of crafting: yarn-wrapped jars

From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 11: Yarn-Wrapped Jars

Another easy project for decorating or for giving! I love these for the same reason I love amirugumi and the yarn garland – you can make them with the inexpensive yarn, like Red Heart brand. Seriously, yarn can be pricey, so I love projects that work with the cheap-o stuff!

I made a couple smaller mason jar candle holders, but you could also wrap bottles or other jars up and use them as vases.

All you need:

  • some yarn
  • jars or bottles (depending on what you are making)
  • glue (optional)

All you do:

Wrap the jar the way you like!

  • Do the whole thing, or just part of it.
  • You can use more than one color and do stripes.
  • Experiment with wrapping technique – I wanted a more natural wrap, so I just tucked in the tails. You can see that the yarn criss-crosses in some places too; it’s not a perfect wrap. If you want it to be more uniform and even, you could use glue and carefully wrap the yarn in straight lines.
  • Embellish – add a little felt flower for a little something extra.
  • Make a pair (that’s what I did) or a set. Wouldn’t it be cute to do a set of 5 smaller vases in complimenting colors? Yes, it would!

Check your recycle bin for bottle or jar candidates, and wrap away! I told you crafting could be super easy!

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

12 days of crafting – day 2: wreath with felt flowers

12 days of crafting – day 3: mosaics

12 days of crafting – day 4: vertical christmas card holder

12 days of crafting – day 5: bottle cap magnets

12 days of crafting – day 6: re-purposed paper ornaments

12 days of crafting – day 7: owl calendar

12 days of crafting – day 8: finger-knitted yarn garland

12 days of crafting – day 9: amirugumi

12 days of crafting – day 10: no-knit, no-crochet scarf

12 days of crafting: no-knit, no-crochet scarf

From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 10: No-Knit, No-Crochet Scarf

That’s my mom – isn’t she just so cute?!

So when my mom came up for Thanksgiving, she said “hey, I brought along this scarf that Kathy made for me because I thought you’d like it.” And before she knew what was happening, I was taking a photo and asking how it was made.

Her co-worker Kathy made it for her, and it’s a great idea, especially if you want to make a scarf but don’t know how to crochet or knit!

You will need:

  • yarn in a variety of colors/textures
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  1. Cut 50 strands of yarn, each 96″ long. Mix and match colors and textures.
  2. Lay them all out together and knot them in the middle.
  3. Measure 7″ from the center knot and make another knot on either side.
  4. Measure 7″ from the last two knots and make another knot; repeat. You should have 7 knots total when you are done.
  5. Even out the ends if needed (so the sides are roughly the same length). I wouldn’t trim all the strands to the exact same length – it looks better if they are at slightly different lengths within a few inches.

Ta-da, easy knotted scarf!


So if you read about my amigurumi animals and said “but I don’t crochet!,” then this may be the project for you!

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

12 days of crafting – day 2: wreath with felt flowers

12 days of crafting – day 3: mosaics

12 days of crafting – day 4: vertical christmas card holder

12 days of crafting – day 5: bottle cap magnets

12 days of crafting – day 6: re-purposed paper ornaments

12 days of crafting – day 7: owl calendar

12 days of crafting – day 8: finger-knitted yarn garland

12 days of crafting – day 9: amirugumi

12 days of crafting: amigurumi

From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 9: Amigurumi


Today’s post is for those of you who know how to crochet: if you haven’t tried amirugumi, you should!

I know, amigu…wha? Confession: I almost always have to ask Ian what it’s called, because I just don’t have room in my brain to store that word.

Amigurumi is the Japanese name for cute little crocheted or knitted creatures, animals and dolls, like this little owl:

So cute, right? And guess what: SO easy. Most amigurumi patterns predominantly use the single crochet stitch, and come together super fast! They make great Christmas gifts or additions to gifts – like these little guys I paired with some Frog & Toad books:

I’m not going to go into great detail on these, but here are some of my favorite amirugumi books (I just check them out from the library):

Amigurumi World

Tiny Yarn Animals

Easy Crochet Critters

Super-Super Cute Crochet

And this Free Amigurumi Patterns blog has some great stuff too!

There are tons of books and websites out there, those are just a few that I have used.

I really recommend giving it a try – they really make fun gifts!

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

12 days of crafting – day 2: wreath with felt flowers

12 days of crafting – day 3: mosaics

12 days of crafting – day 4: vertical christmas card holder

12 days of crafting – day 5: bottle cap magnets

12 days of crafting – day 6: re-purposed paper ornaments

12 days of crafting – day 7: owl calendar

12 days of crafting – day 8: finger-knitted yarn garland

12 days of crafting: finger-knitted yarn garland

From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 8: Finger-Knitted Yarn Garland

You will need:

  • yarn
  • your fingers

That’s all!

Finger-knitting isn’t all that hard, but it’s probably easiest learned in person… Nevertheless, I took a few photos of the process, so hopefully you can figure it out! I used the 3-finger method; you can also do it with 2 or 4 fingers – the size of the garland will change accordingly!

Step 1: Take the end (tail) of your yarn and hold it between your thumb and hand (I leave about 6 inches in case I need it to hang the garland later). Then weave your yarn under your middle finger, over the ring finger and under your pinky.

Step 2: Weave the yarn over your pinky, under your ring finger, and over your middle finger.

Step 3: Now take the yarn and wrap it under all three fingers and back over the top of all three.

Step 4: Hanging onto the yarn behind your hand, you’ll go back to your pinky and bring the bottom loop up over the top one, and completely over your finger. Do the same with the next two fingers. In the photo above, the pinky is done, the ring finger is in process, and the middle finger has yet to be done.

Now just repeat steps 3 and 4!

After 6 or 7 rounds, take a look at the chain forming behind your hand. It will probably look a little funky, like this:

Let go of the tail and bring it behind your hand. Give it a good tug so that the stitches even out and look more like this:

Now you don’t have to hold onto the tail, so that makes it a little easier. Just keep knitting away…

…until you have the length you want! To finish it off, cut the yarn and bring it through the three loops your fingers were in, and pull tight.

Those garlands took about a half hour each. I love this method of making garlands – no tools required!

If you need more instruction, you can always search youtube for how-to videos. Happy finger-knitting!

 

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

12 days of crafting – day 2: wreath with felt flowers

12 days of crafting – day 3: mosaics

12 days of crafting – day 4: vertical christmas card holder

12 days of crafting – day 5: bottle cap magnets

12 days of crafting – day 6: re-purposed paper ornaments

12 days of crafting – day 7: owl calendar