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Easy, Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Banner

Hey everyone! I hope you a great weekend! Today I want to share a couple of really simple and inexpensive projects including this Valentine’s Day Banner and my Valentine’s Day vignette. This is one of my favorite projects because it’s so crazy simple and you could apply to any holiday or party. Everyone has cereal or other cardboard boxes in their home. Well, this is a great way to recycle some of that material.

I found all of my supplies at Michaels orWalmart. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a couple of cardboard cereal boxes (or more, depending on how long you want your banner)
  • scrapbook paper
  • Stencils of whatever size letter and font you like
  • spray adhesive
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler

I started out by breaking down the boxes so they were flat and then I cut them apart into sheets. I drew out a pattern on what was the inside of the box with a ruler. It was a shape I liked in a size I thought I wanted.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I cut the shape out and copied it on to 3 more sections of cardboard so that I had 4 pieces exactly the same size to spell out LOVE.

Although I adore red for Christmas, I’m not a huge fan of bright red, in your face, Valentine’s decorations so I picked out some neutral scrapbook paper to use for this project…

 

Scrapbook paper used for Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I flipped the paper over to the back and traced the cardboard template out…

 

template for banner

 

I cut out the scrapbook paper in the shape of the cardboard and then used the spray adhesive to adhere it directly on to the cardboard. The trick with this is to do a few light coats not one thick one.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I left about 1/4 of an inch at the top so that I could bend it over to hold the twine I was going to use to hang the banner. I arranged the pieces in the order I wanted the colors to be and then I began to stencil. I mixed some different paint colors together until I found a version of red that I liked….

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used a regular glue stick on the top of each piece and bent it over with the twine behind it. I used clothes pins along the edge overnight to help it stick.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This was such an easy project and only cost $2.50 to make (basically the cost of the scrapbook paper) I love that it’s not too over the top Valentine’s Day. I just think it looks HAPPY!

The rest of the vignette was also quick projects. These wooden signs were made from pieces of left over MDF I had from another project. I painted it white and then distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper. I cut the heart out of more scrapbook paper and used the spray adhesive to glue it to the board.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To make the XO sign, I simply painted the wood, sanded down the edges and stenciled the letters in the same color I did the letters on the banner.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I purchased this box for $4 at a thrift store.  It was a kind of gross brown when I got it but add some chalk paint and stenciled letters and it becomes a cute Valentine’s Day letters box.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up the white pitcher at Target and I love it with the pretty pink flowers. I added the key and scrapbook paper heart.

 

DIY Valentine's Day wooden pennant - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This wooden pennant I made from wood chips my husband cut from a log. I tied everything together with the same color reddish pink.

 

Valentine's Vignette and DIY Banner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really like the way it turned out! Super easy and inexpensive! Do you have some Valentine’s Day projects planned??

Happy DIY’ing!!

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Valentine's Day Project - Love Coat Rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

A Valentine’s Day Project That Lasts All Year – A Dose of DIY Blog Hop

Hellloooo everyone and Happy New Year! I know it’s a bit early, but I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day project today.  While everyone is in the midst of cleaning and organizing, which I have also been doing and can’t wait to share, I have been working on a few projects. I have joined the lovely ladies again for a Valentines Day blog hop! We will all share some lovely, get it, creative DIY projects with you to help celebrate and hopefully inspire you to create some of your own. Please check out their links below to see some of their mad skills.

 

A DOSE OF DIY

 

So, I like to think I’m somewhat of a treasure hunter. My idea of a great day is searching through garage sales or flea markets for cool stuff I can recreate in some way or just decorate my house so that it is unique, My favorite place to do this is Brimfield, MA at the Brimfield Antiques Show.  Last year I found a booth tucked way in the back of a field where the guy was practically giving stuff away. I got a whole box of frames for like $10 because you never know when you’ll need some more frames, right?

Along side the box was this piece of oak cut in a half circle…

 

Love rack wood before

 

Not the best picture, I know. See, most people would have not even given it a second look but me, I saw treasure. Anyway, I got it for $5 and wasn’t completely sure of what I would do with it. It all came together after I did the LOVE pictures with the kids and I had the left over letters they held to spell LOVE. Turns out they fit perfectly across the piece of wood.

To get started, I decided to paint the board white…

 

coat rack wood after paint

 

I used homemade chalk paint (paint, water and plaster of Paris) in a couple of coats to cover it and then distressed the edges and some spots in the middle with sand paper. I picked up these hooks at Hobby Lobby for $2 each on sale and spaced them out along the bottom.

For the letters, I had painted them almost black to make them stand out in the pictures with the kids but I wanted them to blend in with this piece so I painted them with the same chalk paint I used on the wood.  They are made of cardboard so I was able to sand them down and get the same antiqued look as with the wood but I had to use a bit of antique ink around the edges.

Then a little hot glue and they were set…

 

Valentine's Day love coat rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So the finished product turned out super cute. I have no idea where I am going to put it at this point. I have this habit of making coat racks and how many do you really need??  It may actually be a gift for my Mom, but don’t tell her.  🙂

 

Love Coat Rack - Valentine's Day DIY Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Valentine's Day Project - Love Coat Rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks for stopping by. Please check out the other blogs and their cool Valentine’s Day projects and ideas with the links below.

You can also see some of my other Love inspired projects:

Creating LOVE photos with my kids                         Making a LOVE Sign out of scrap wood

I also have a few more Valentine’s Day inspiration ideas coming  so check back soon Or sign up for my emails and never miss a post! 🙂

 

Happy DIY’ing! and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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