Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends

February 5, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

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 over at Naptime Decorator.

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 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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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. 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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11 Responses
  1. This is the cutest Valentine’s wreath! Thank you for sharing the great tutorial! I love the colors you chose; it’s a perfect touch for Valentine’s!

  2. trebor says:

    Ahhh…pink overload! 🙂

    There’s a chance I’m closing on my house on the 14th…a happy Valentine’s Day it would be! (If not then…the week after)

  3. frazzled5 says:

    Thank you for breaking down the process for the fabric roses- I am terrible at these but I think you have inspired me to try again:)

  4. Megan says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous, Jocie! I’ve tried to email you back after you comment on my blog and it says you are a no reply blogger. I wasn’t sure if it was how you wanted it set up, I know mine has changed sometimes. But, I just wanted to say thanks for your kind words. 🙂


  5. You KNOW how much I love your crafts! 😉 Thanks for the sweet words – so glad we’re real life buddies now:)

  6. mom2kaelyn says:

    Love this. I have a wreath just calling for this decor! 🙂

  7. I’ve only made a little garland out of hearts. Nothing to exciting or over the top, but more than I’ve ever done!

  8. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    The tutorial on the roses was very good!

  9. cbadaracco says:

    I was so inspired by your framed heart, that I made one this afternoon!! I love it!

  10. JustME says:

    Isn’t this just the cutest wreath ever? I love the twisted fabric roses and the adorable banner. What fun to have a craft party. I’d love to start one. You’ve given me a great idea. A double thanks Josie!

  11. poiboybf says:

    So far the only preparations that I have done are a dinner reservation and cards. Eek!

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