The Accessories Make the Outfit, Right?

V-day crafts

Valentines Day is a day of sweet memories for me.  Of waking up as a child to a pink & red wrapped gift on my bed and special treats at the table.  Memories of care packages filled with home baked goodies to share with friends in my dorm room.  And post-college memories of sidesplitting belly laughs with girlfriends at my annual Valentine’s Day party where the wine flowed & the girls one-upped each other with dating disaster stories.


One Valentine’s day, in a moment of sugar-induced boldness, I decided that my then boyfriend (now husband) who up until this point hadn’t kissed me yet, had waited long enough.  Armed with a few bags of conversation hearts, I plucked out every “Kiss Me” heart and left them in a bag on his car windshield, hoping he’d get the hint.  He did, and a year later he surprised me with a trail of candy hearts saying, “Marry Me”.

To kick off the valentine season (which in our house begins the day the Christmas decorations come down) I created a few simple embellishments.  I’m a sucker for all things red, pink, heart shaped or sparkly and with an assembly time of less than 10 minutes, what’s not to love?



Heart Hair Clip

 Materials:  paper heart template, red felt, metal hair clips (purchased from Walmart), decoupage glue (I used Martha Stewart brand), glitter (I used Martha Stewart fine glitter in Tourmaline), hot glue gun



Instructions: Cut out paper heart template (mine measured 2” across for the hair clip & shoe clips).  Trace paper heart onto felt (I used a stiff red felt sheet from Jo-Anns).

Coat felt with decoupage glue and cover liberally with glitter.  Shake to remove excess glitter & dry overnight.

Once glue is dry, seal glittered heart with another coat of decoupage glue.

Use hot glue to attach metal alligator clip to back of heart.



Sequined Heart Pin

Materials:  paper heart template, red felt (stiff, thick felt sheet), metal pin (purchased from Walmart), red sequins (from Jo-Anns), Aleene’s Jewel-It Embellishing glue, hot glue gun


Cut out paper heart template (mine measured 3 ½” across).

Trace paper heart onto felt.

Coat with Jewel-It embellishing glue

Cover liberally with sequins, pressing gently into glue

Let dry overnight & reapply individual sequins to any areas that have sparse coverage

Hot glue or sew metal pin to back of heart


Sequined shoe clips

Materials:  small sized paper heart template, red felt, metal hair clip, red sequins & Jewel-It embellishing glue & hot glue gun


Instructions: Follow same steps for Sequined heart pin but finish with hot gluing a metal hair clip vertically to the back of the heart which allows it to clip to the top of shoes.



In this stage of life, Valentine’s Day has become a special opportunity to speak love into our children’s lives, reiterating for them in the days leading up to 14th all the ways in which we love, treasure & admire them.  Our hope is that their memories of Valentine’s Day are of being affirmed in their spirit, their character & their worth; a celebration of virtue over romance….and you better believe we’ll be monitoring all candy heart messages along the way!

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  1. Great Valentine crafts, love the clip for the hair.

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  2. Love the little heart embellishments! The sparkly ones on her shoes are so sweet!
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  3. Those clips are precious….what a fantastic idea!
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  4. Julie, I just love the background story….so sweet! You are amazing and so crafty and talented too, of course ;)

  5. Michael Reddin says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!

  6. Such pretty Valentine’s day ideas. Great crafty projects.
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  7. Love this! Beautiful and simple. I miss having little girls!

    Thanks for the facebook shoutout!

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  8. The hearts are such a sweet embellishment… but your little model is the sweetest!!! She looks adorable in her Valentine’s outfit!

  9. Sooo cute!!!
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  10. Cute, cute story! Those little accessories are so sweet.

  11. Oh how adorable, and the cutest little model too!
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  12. P.S. Yes, I do enjoy your contributor Julie. I think it is fun to see new creativity on such a lovely blog.
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    • thanks so much for your encouragment, debbie! i’ve loved popping in and being so warmly received into this community. xo julie ps. can’t wait to use your valentine mod podge ideas with my girls!

  13. So simple and yet so effective! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Have a great day!

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