Since seeing this photo a few weeks ago, I’ve had Valentine’s decorations on my mind. Then, only yesterday, I realized that the holiday is a week away (whaaat?). Unlike Christmas, Valentine’s is not a holiday where it seems acceptable to leave your decorations up for weeks following. So, short on time, and not wanting to spend money on decorations that would be used for only a week, I came up with this simple Valentines wreath. It’s our only decoration, so it’s a good thing that it checks all of the typical valentines notes…red (check!), pink (check!), heart (check!), ‘love’ (check!). It took me a little over an hour, and only $5 worth of supplies – which makes it the perfect last minute project to whip up in the next few days. Here are the steps I took…
4 sheets of thin felt – you can find them at JoAnns for $.49/sheet, cut into 1″x 4″ strips
Aluminum Florist Wire
Scissors (if you have a rotary cutter and mat, even better!)
Wire Cutters (you can use scissors if you don’t have cutters)
Shape half of a heart, then fold the wire back on itself, and shape the second half of the heart on top of the first half. This helps to start off with a nearly symmetrical heart. Unfold the two sides so that you have a heart shape. Don’t worry about trying to make the wire look straight, as the felt ties will eventually hide all of the imperfections.
Shape your script, leaving long enough tails on either side of the words to be able to wrap them around the heart shape. Try not to be concerned with making the script look smooth and ‘perfect’ at this point; it will be easier to spot and fix once you’ve attached the felt ties.
Tie the felt strips around the perimeter of the heart. You can either space them closely for a dense look (like I did), or further apart for more of a sparse look.
Once you have the density that you like, assess whether you like the length of the ties. I prefer a shorter length, so I cut about 1/2″ from each side of the tie…
*Note, even if you know that you want a shorter length, still cut the ties to be 4″. Otherwise, they will be too short to create a tie.