Express your affection by creating these simple handmade gifts and decorations for Valentine's Day:
Valentine's Day Vase Display
Before you cast off those old bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, give them new life as a Valentine's Day-worthy accent for inexpensive vases.
Use jewelry or glass glue to secure chains to glass bottles, either in a neutral color or pink or red. Try wrapping chains around bottles, outlining shapes, positioning as letters or numbers, or creating other simple designs. We also removed the pin from the back of a plastic flower and let it embellish one of the bottles. When the glue is dry, prime the bottles and paint with high-gloss paint. We chose white, but this collection would look equally stunning in glossy cobalt or yellow.
Valentine's Day Banner
Bright colors make this Valentine's Day mantel pop — traditional pink hearts mix with bright orange, yellow, green, and blue patterned fabric on the banner.
Trace 16 hearts onto pink houndstooth or patterned fabric; cut out. Use a stencil to paint letters onto the hearts to spell out a sweet phrase (like "Be Mine Valentine"). Sew the hearts onto colored fabric squares with fun patterns, attach the squares to red ribbon, and hang across a mantel. Create the LOVE art by spray-painting paper letters various colors; glue onto a canvas.
Handmade Valentine's Day Paper Bouquet
Create an everlasting crepe-paper flower bouquet for a never-wilt show of your sentiment. Choose classic Valentine's Day colors, or a combination of hues that's your intended's favorite.
Cut a 20-inch strip of crepe paper. Cut petal shapes along the top of the strip (such as large rounded or pointed petals or fringe). Leave about 1 inch at the bottom so the strip won't tear. Adhere a chenille stem or piece of florist's wire at one end of the paper strip. Roll the crepe-paper strip around the stem or wire, fluffing and shaping the petals as you go. Secure the end with florist's tape, and arrange the bouquet in a small vase or Mason jar.
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