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!