Looking for fun and festive Thanksgiving decoration ideas? Our Decor Department loves these simple and natural centerpieces. Pick a surface of your choice (pumpkin, squash, candle, mason jar come to mind) and a grain of your choice ( lentils, bulgar, wild rice and split peas are all nicely textured and colored). Simply spray the surface with non-toxic glue and roll in assorted grains.
1. Invite fewer people for a more intimate setting
2. Buy a vintage wedding dress
3. Consider using beautiful branches instead of blooms
4. Look for decorative details on etsy, ebay or at fleamarkets
5. Have small dessert bites instead of a wedding cake for everyone
6. Use minimal blooms and have small decorative herb gardens
7. Using bigger flowers means using fewer flowers
8. Keep your wedding party small
9. Instead of buying individual bouquets for each bridesmaid- pin one blossom onto each of them
10. Use potted plants as both centerpieces and party favors
Valentine’s D.I.Y. Day #10 by: Shannon Hardy – Décor Assistant
Cupcake Liner Pom Poms
I love this cupcake liner pom pom arrangement because it is a fun craft that will wow any party guest. These sweet little cupcake liners are a great way to save money, add a floral touch to a space and are a simple and easy way to create a centerpiece that will last. By switching out the colors of the liners and the candlesticks, the pom pom can reflect any theme, season, or mood you want to create. This idea came from Kara’s Party Ideas, which has a great section on Vintage Valentines and is a D.I.Y. craft that is full of whimsy.
Since cupcake liners are inexpensive and cost just a fraction of what silk or even real flowers would be, these quirky poms add a fun pop of color to any space and are great for any party.
What you’ll need:
- Cupcake liners (any color or style)
- A Styrofoam ball
- A glue gun
Take 2 cupcake liners and stick a pin through the center of them. Fold/scrunch the 2 liners around the pin. Put a dab of hot glue on the tip of the liners. Insert the pin into the Styrofoam ball. Push the pin all the way into the Styrofoam so the cupcake liners are securely glued to the ball. Carefully open the liners making sure the pin is all the way inserted into the Styrofoam. If it isn’t, push it all the way in. Repeat until the whole ball is covered with lovely cupcake liners! Attach fishing line or a ribbon to hang. (For this particular pom pom you can leave a space uncovered so you could set the ball on a large glass candlestick)
Valentine’s D.I.Y Day #9 by: Katie Collins – Décor Assistant
Message in a Bottle
If you are looking for a creative way to show someone you care on Valentine’s Day, this is a fun alternative to the impersonal and repetitive cards found in stores. You can take items like old glass bottles and wine corks that are lying around your home and personalize your message to that special someone, family or friends at very little cost. This can be used not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year for birthdays, other holidays, or just to tell someone you were thinking about them!
This endearing idea came to us from Better Homes and Gardens. These bottles will make a perfect Valentine’s gift or decoration around the house.
What you’ll need:
- Vintage glass bottle
- Cork top
- Letter, candy, stickers, paper hearts, etc.
Fill your glass bottles with whatever you would like, whether it is a letter to that someone special or candy and paper hearts. Next cork the bottle and set out as decoration or give as a gift!
Valentine D.I.Y. Day #8 by: Shannon Hardy – Décor Assistant
I fell for these lollipop flowers because they are a quirky way to show your love on Valentine’s Day. Whether you use it as an edible arrangement centerpiece or as a single sweet surprise, these candies will make any one a sucker for you!
This arrangement of lollipops from Better Homes & Gardens is a cute way to add a small piece to put on any table or to give as a gift.
What you’ll need:
- Hole Puncher, scissors
- Double sided tape or glue
For each flower, fold the colored paper in half and cut out six hearts. Punch a small hole near the tip of each. Insert a lollipop stick and arrange six hearts on the stem, fanning out the petals around the stick. Wrap the ribbon around the vase and cut the correct length. Finally add your bouquet of suckers!
Valentine D.I.Y. Day 7 by: Megan Click, Lead Designer
Mix and Match Votives
As we all know candlelight is a key component to any romantic evening. These paper votives from Krissy Tiglias at Real Simple are a great way to incorporate style and creativity into your Valentine’s Day. Just look around your home for any extra fabric, ribbon or paper, grab your honey and get to work!
- Assorted Paper
- Double Sided Tape
Wrap paper around the votive for size and cut the appropriate length. Next tape the paper to the votive. For extra fun add some ribbon on top!
Valentine D.I.Y. Day #6 by: Abby Mertz – Décor Assistant
U Complete Me Pillows
These pillows are not only adorable but functional as well. Customize them with your favorite saying to make them special for you and your honey. Use them year round to add some love in your home. There’s no better day than February 14th to cuddle up with some cozy cushions!
What you’ll need:
- Two pillowcases (light colors will work best)
- Iron-on Transfer Paper for light colored fabrics (tee-shirt transfer paper). Be sure that it is the correct type for your color printer. You will need two sheets.
- Color printer
- Iron (no steam)
- Print the PDF onto transfer paper. Cut out carefully around the text, leaving the letters attached with a small amount of the transfer paper. Be careful not to scratch the surface of your transfer paper while working. Note: the text will print backwards. It will read correctly when applied to your pillowcases.
- Lay your pillowcases out on a flat surface and line the words and letters up on your pillowcases with the paper-backing facing up (be sure that both sides of your text will line up to read correctly once the pillows are in use).
- To give yourself an easy guide for lining up the two sections of text simply fold pillowcases in half lengthwise and insert a pin to mark where the center is. A trick for ensuring that your text is straight before ironing is to fold the lower half of your pillowcase up to the center (where you inserted the pin). The bottom edge is now a nice straight guideline for you to arrange your words along.
- Arrange the letters approximately 2 inches away from the outside edge so that when the pillowcase is stuffed the text would still be visible. Once everything is straight, iron on your text following the directions for use, found inside your iron-on transfer paper packaging.
- Allow design to cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing the paper backing. For optimum usability and softness, wash before use.
Valentine D.I.Y. Day 5 by: Rachel Briggs, Lead Designer
Charming Lamp Shades
As a lifelong D.I.Y. junkie I love anything that has me take everyday items and put a new spin on it. This drum shade idea is great and can be incorporated into any style, season, or design. All you need is an idea, tape, fabric and voila! you’re the MacGyver of D.I.Y.
These lamp shades from Better Homes and Gardens are a simple way to decorate and set the mood this Valentine’s Day! You can use light or dark fabric depending on if you want to brighten or dim the room.
What you’ll need:
- Lamp with shade
- Fabric of choice
- Double sided tape
- Ribbon (optional)
First wrap the fabric around the lampshade to get the correct amount and cut. Tape the fabric to the lampshade and you’re done! For extra flare you can add ribbon.
Valentine D.I.Y. Day #4 by: Pamela Chakides, Design Intern
This flower petal paper mache piñata, by Brooke Reynolds at Inchmark, is a great addition to any party and is super easy and fun to make. It’s a great way to add some flare to your Valentine’s Day party. Creating this flower pinata also gives you the chance to show off your artistic side by adding different colors, designs and textures.
All you will need is:
- Pink tissue paper (or color of choice)
- Soccer ball piñata
- Party favors
- Purchase a soccer ball piñata (or any round shaped piñata) and pull off all of the black tissue paper, which makes up the soccer ball, so you are left with a white, round piñata.
- Next, cut out semi-circles in the shape of petals and attach them in rows on to the piñata.
- Fill the piñata with your choice of party favors: candy hearts, Valentine’s or heart shaped confetti are all great ideas to have pour out of this great piñata you made.
- Finally, hang your piñata with the ribbon or string and hit away!
**Making your own stick to hit the piñata is a super cute idea to add to your party as well! **
Valentine D.I.Y. Day #3 by: Katie Collins – Decor Assistant
Cloth Rose Wreath
I love this heart shaped cloth rose wreath, from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots. This wreath is great for those, like us, who have scraps of unused fabrics lying around. Mix and match various colors and textures of fabric to create a wreath that demonstrates your own creativity and imagination, while using those scraps that have been collecting for far too long! Share the love on Valentine’s Day by hanging the finished wreath on a door for everyone to see!
What you’ll need:
- 1 foam heart
- 1 1/2 yard white party taffeta (you could also use apparel lining or bridal satins; you just need the fabric to be a little stiff so the roses stand up!)
- Red ribbon
- Hot glue and gun
- Fray check (optional)
- Cut your fabric into 1 3/4 inch up to 2 inch wide strips by about 20 inches long. You can also alternate by making some of the strips 8 or 9 inches long just to vary the thickness of the fabric roses.
- To make your fabric roses, start by placing one end of a fabric strip between your index finger and thumb. Roll the fabric strips around your fingers and hot glue the fabric rose in place. Next, press one end to make a rose and hot glue it to the foam. Fill the entire wreath (front only) with your fabric roses, making sure you have a nice full wreath when you are done.
- Now, cut a length of ribbon that you think will hang nicely from your door. Hot glue the two ends together to make a circle. Flip your wreath over and place a huge dab of hot glue to the top center of the foam back. Press your ribbon circle from the last step into the glue.
- Now, cut 3 smaller strips of ribbon in varying lengths and glue the ends to make circles. This is going to be your bow. You will layer largest on bottom, then middle sized, then smallest on top.
- Cut another much smaller piece of ribbon to wrap around the center of the 3 layered ribbons you made above. Hot glue into place on the back side.
- Now, cut two more strips of ribbon to make the ends of the bow. Go ahead and snip the ends at the top and bottom. Now, just hot glue the two ribbon strips to the top of the main ribbon.
- Glue your bow to your main ribbon and ta-da! you are done and have a festive Valentine’s Day wreath!