Love, Kisses & Valentine Wishes

January 28, 2014 | by Jocie (email) |

I have never gotten too much into decorating for Valentine’s Day, largely because my girls’ birthdays are on January 24th and February 11th. I’m usually so wrapped up in party planning and birthday decorating, Valentine’s Day is a bit much. But last year, Ethan and I cut some pallets and made some cheap art for the occasion. 

vday on the cheap - One Project Closer

Check out our Pallets 101 video tutorial on how to cut pallets and assemble art.

When planning out my pallets, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, so I took to Pinterest, looking at cool subway-style art, printable, and other Valentine’s Day decor. I ended up with two different Valentine’s printables from Lovely Little Snippets and Eye Candy Event Details.

As usual, I used excess paint from previous house projects. One pallet I painted off-white, the color from our kitchen. And the other pallet I painted pale blue, the color from of living room.

I then grabbed my no. 2 pencil, my acrylics, and a paint brush and watched some Fringe (our current addiction on Amazon Prime) while I started to work. As usual, I free-handed the design by looking at the inspirational picture, using a pencil first. I am sure you could easily use a Silhouette Cameo or a printer and transfer paper if you aren’t a big fan of free-hand. I’m just too lazy and think its quickest to free-hand it.

After that, I painted the words on both the pallets and let them dry. The next day, I lightly sanded them with coarse sand paper. Sometimes I over-sand, so I had to go back and touch up some spots with the acrylic paint.

I love that pallet art is so quick, cheap, and EASY! yay for another pallet victory.

Love Like Crazy - OPC The Better Half

Love, Kisses and Valentine Wishes - OPC The Better Half

I added a little paper and wire banner because it looked like there was too much white space. Turned out super cute, I think.

Wire and Paper banner - OPC The Better Half

Paper Heart Bunting

Every month, me and the girls go to our local Senior Center to bring a little cheer and creativity. Last week, we made handprint trees with scrapbook hearts. It was super cute and both the kids and seniors had a great time.


But afterwards, I was left with lots of lots of scrapbook hearts which I used to make bunting, along with baker’s twine. How cute is this picture of the girls? My dad from Chris Paulis Photography took it over the holiday and it is my new fave!

Paper heart bunting - One Project Closer 

Candy Corn and Tulips

In case you missed it last week, here were my crafts for the monthly craft night with Naptime Decorator!

Heart Tulip Wreath - One Project Closer

Candy Corn Frame from One Project Closer

Dollar Store Hearts & Magnets

How cute are these glittery hearts and magnets from the Dollar Store??

Dollar Store Glitter Hearts Dollar Store Magnets from One Project Closer

$5 Centerpiece

Did you see this on Instagram? I got the container from the Target Dollar Spot and the tupils were left over from my wreath craft.

 $5 centerpiece from One Project Closer

What do you think? What should I do for my next pallet? Any pallet tips we should include in out tutorial in the coming weeks?

As always, thanks for reading!

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30 Responses
  1. Gina says:

    I love these! My husband’s birthday is Valentines day so I used to always do some decorating and bake a heart shaped birthday cake. Now that we’re older and kids off at college there’s just a few decorations.

  2. Jacque says:

    Ahh that little bunting adds the perfect touch! LOVE!!!

  3. mom2kaelyn says:

    I love these Jocie! I was just toying with the idea of decorating for Valentine’s day. It usually just gets skipped because hubby’s birthday is the 13th! Poor timing on his Mother’s part! Haha! I’m so in love with pallet projects and cannot wait until your video tutorial. πŸ™‚ I still owe you a picture of my first pallet project too.

  4. Amy says:

    Cutest Valentine art ever!!

  5. Lisa (fred's sister) says:

    these look great Jocie….

  6. paintergal says:

    I like the one with the aqua color. They’re both cute.

  7. paintergal says:

    How big are these?

    • Jocie says:

      Hey, sorry I was slow on responding to this – they are about 17×20″, so not very big but perfect for in front of the fireplace or a small wall. πŸ™‚

  8. Ashley says:

    This looks so great! I love them! πŸ™‚

  9. megan says:

    That pallet rocks, Jocie! I hope I win it πŸ™‚ I just put the finishing touches on what I’m bringing tomorrow night. Megan

  10. frazzled5 says:

    I love decorating my home, but because we rent I cannot do too much. The pallet is just adorable, you did an amazing job!!! Pinning these:)

  11. naomipsalm77 says:

    I love these! I am so impressed with your painting skills and I think you are crazy to love those you love! :O)

  12. Tessa says:

    Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Valentines Day themed linky party!

  13. Paul&Aundrea says:

    These are great! I can’t wait for the video tutorial.

  14. Those are adorable!! Love them!

  15. Michele says:

    Super cute. Pinned:)

  16. Love your pallets. So bright and cheerful! Visiting you from Hookin Up with HOH.

  17. Katie Adams says:

    Oh my goodness I love your pallets. They are gorgeous!

  18. Eva Scott says:

    Super cute. I love pallets and these are so pretty and cheery!

  19. naomipsalm77 says:

    Well, it looks like I’m going to need a birthday present because some “crazy love” person just bid me out! πŸ™

  20. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
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  21. I love it! Wonderful piece of artwork! Love the colours! Wishing you a lovely week! Angie xo

  22. Lindy says:

    This is just beautiful!!!! I love it!

  23. Pam says:

    Soooo creative and colorful!! Makes me happy looking at them πŸ™‚

  24. So super cute, Jocie! I was a horrible blogger this year and didn’t even pull out my Valentine decor πŸ˜‰

  25. All of your projects are fabulous! I can’t take my eyes off of your dining room farm table – I want one so bad!!

  26. Ashley says:

    Adorable projects! I love all the bunting!

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