Easy DIY Valentine’s Gift

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I have an easy DIY Valentine craft that would make a great gift for a teacher, neighbor or friend. It’s so simple that even kids can make them to give away.

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I made a basic heart out of thin wire. You want it thin enough to bend but sturdy enough to stand up. I used jewelry plyers to shape the wire.

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I wasn’t kidding when I said this was simple! Just knot embroidery floss and the base of the heart and twist the floss all around the heart and down the stem. I knotted it off at the bottom.

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These herbs were $1.00 at the garden store and I simply wrapped them with a square piece of brown craft paper. I cut out felt hearts, wrapped the paper with embroidery floss and there you have it. A simple, sweet and fun gift to give on Valentine’s Day!

Blessings,
Karine Signature

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DIY Marquee Love Sign

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I am fascinated with marquee signs. They remind me of hours spent at the carnival and all the excitement of spinning rides, cotton candy and game tickets. I love the trend of bringing marquee signs into weddings like I did above and also in home design. I wanted to see if I could make my own.

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I found these chipboard letters at the craft store. I wanted to purchase the extra-large letters but I know myself and how I can get carried away so I settled on a more reasonable size. I first cut out the back with a xacto making room for the cords of the lights to tuck into the back of the letters.

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This project required more brain cells then I had anticipated but a little brain workout is a good thing. Yes, I am thankful for elementary school math!  I figured out how many lights I had and how many letters and we’ll you get the picture. Just take some time to plan it out and mark where your bulbs will go.

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I used a screw driver to punch holes through my letters. You can see in the photo that I spray painted them gold. I forgot to do this before I measured the placement of the bulbs so I did the math a second time! I tucked the cords into the back of the sign using twist ties to keep them all tidy. In hindsight I would have used less bulbs and which would have given me more space for the cording. Despite that,  I’m happy with all of the “glow” I get from the bulbs. The lights are indoor/outdoor cafe lights that I found at Target.

IMG_9963Here is my finished Marquee Love Sign lighting up my house. (I fixed the one light that needed to be tightened.)  My LOVE sign makes me so happy and I can’t wait for it to light up my house for Valentine’s Day!

Blessings,
Karine Signature