Decorating for Valentine’s day is always great motivation for taking down and storing all those Christmas decorations (Which, if you haven’t done so already its time to call me!). Christmas is so fun and magical and the decorations really make a home beautiful. But, after all the presents are opened and the wine is gone, January can be a bit dismal with. Unless you go strait into embracing the next holiday: Valentine’s Day! Decorating for this special day can always be fun and add a pop of color around your house and your heart.
When you are ready to show the love around your house, here is a great NO-SEW project you can even do with the kids!
I started by raiding my fabric bin for a base material for the flags and reds or pinks for the letters. I found some natural toned burlap and T-shirt material. I stuck with plain/solid T-shirt material since the burlap has great texture and it doesn’t fray.
I measured out the base of the flag to be around 8 inches wide with a height of 11 inches. This is what worked for the piece of fabric and the size I thought they should be. These numbers are negotiable. I used pinking shears to cut the edges of the flags.
I cut out 6 flags to accommodate “L-O-V-E” with 2 heart flags on the flanks.
(All the flags turned out quite uniform, but they do not have to be perfectly the same!)
Then I cut out the letters. Super simple: measured the height and width so the letters would fit on the flag. *Note that different letters fit differently within the triangle so make sure they all start and end at the same level on the flag, otherwise the whole presentation looks a bit wonky.
I asked the girls for help when I started cutting out the hearts. They are superstars at scissor use so first we practiced making hearts with paper and then they helped me pick out scraps for the fabric hearts. I didn’t let them take a crack at my sewing scissors just yet! They also got to create the design layout for how all the hearts would appear on the flags. I administered the hotglue for the flags and they slapped on the hearts and letters. I found a great ribbon to use to attach the flags: it was about 6′ long but 1.5″ wide. Make sure you have slack on the sides to hang. Since some of the top of the flags had to be cut I folded the ribbon over the front and back of the top of the flags and glued them in place in the fold, however I did not fold the ribbon in half the entire length.
After all the glueing was complete, I asked the girlies to find a spot to hang our new creation and of course: it’s in our entry way. The perfect reminder when we walk thru the door that this house is filled with love.