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Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends

Posted By Jocie On February 5, 2013 @ 7:00 am In DIY,The Better Half | 11 Comments

As I have shared before, I am super lucky to have a real-life bloggy friend 5 minutes from my house – Liz from Naptime Decorator. She is sweet, kind, and has a wonderful sense of style. When we first connected a few months ago, she invited me to her Craft Night that she hosts for her friends (this is a real party, not the linky kind, lol!). Liz also has some pretty wonderful friends who have been very kind to this insecure crafter. :)

This past week was my third Craft Night and each time I have even more fun! Liz threw out some Valentine’s craft ideas and everyone chose their own (sometimes everyone does the same craft). I brought three crafts so I could make the most of my time crafting without kids. I was slowed down a bit by the great conversation and wine, so I only completed two.

Be sure to check out Liz and all her cool friend’s Valentine crafts [1] over at Naptime Decorator [2].

Valentine’s Wreath

My first was a Valentine’s Day wreath. I’ve had this grapevine wreath in the back of my basement for months because I got in way on sale and I really liked it! I brought the wreath, twine, scraps of fabric and scrapbook paper I had on hand, some buttons, and a lot of hot glue. I didn’t really have anything too specific in mind, just planning on doing bunting and flowers and this is what I came up with.

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Fabric Rosettes

The flowers were really simple to make. Here is how I made this fabric rosette, but also be sure to check out my fabric flower tutorial [3] on making six different kinds of flowers.

I started with a long strip of fabric and folded it in half lengthwise.

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Then, I began to roll one end in on itself -

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And kept wrapping it around and around and around. For a more texture in the flower, I twisted as I went around.

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I wanted the flowers to look a little more rustic, so I didn’t worry about frayed edges or the backsides of the fabric showing.

When I was happy with the size of my flower, I inserted a few pins to hold everything in place.

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I then hot glued the backside and placed a scrap on the back to hold it in place while it cooled completely.

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I removed the pins when the glue was still soft and then glued it to the wreath.

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Paper Accordion Flowers

I have made these before in the past and they are SUPER easy. I mean really, really easy!

I took a small strip of paper. The width of the paper will be the radius of the flower. The thicker the paper the bigger the flower.

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Then I folded it like an accordion.

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Once it was folded all the way, I put both the ends together. For one of the flowers, the strip of paper was too long (and the flower didn’t spread out enough), so I cut some of the length off and tried again.

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Once happy with the flower, I used hot glue to fasten the two ends together and added a button.

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Here’s a close-up of the grouping of fabric, paper flowers, buttons, and little bit of burlap.

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Bunting

I made the bunting using chipboard letters out of the dollar section at Michael’s, a little burlap, scrapbook paper, and twine. No magic here, just cut some triangles and starting gluing! :)

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Felt Rose Frame

This was one of the ideas Liz threw out to the group as a possible craft. She got the idea off Pinterest from Embellishing Life [4]. I used a $4 square frame from Joann’s, a piece of metallic dotted scrapbook paper, and red felt.

I made the rosettes in the same way as the rosettes on the wreath, just a lot smaller and with felt.

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What do you think? What have you made for Valentine’s decor this year?

As always, thanks for reading!

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