Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!
Add Color to Your Valentine's Day
It's no secret that my husband and I don't go all out for Valentine's Day. We treat it as any other day, but I do make a nice dinner for us all to enjoy as a family. However, I love to decorate the house. After all the Christmas decorations are put away, the house always feels empty and bare.
So each year, I like to add a little color and sparkle with a few intentional pieces. It's fun to make unique pieces out of regular household items, giving them a new life and purpose. Below I'm sharing three easy DIY pieces you can make yourself with items you probably already have on hand.
3 Valentine's Day Crafts
- Rustic Cupid Arrows
- Love Birds Picture
- Stuffed Love Bug
1. Rustic Cupid Arrows
I've wanted to make my own cupid arrows for a few years, and I finally made it happen. I'm thrilled with how these turned out! With a little time, patience, and a few household items, you can easily make these too.
- Wire (I used pieces from an old, white wire hanger)
- Thin cardboard
- Jute twine
- Construction twine (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Scotch tape
- Wire cutters
- Needlenose pliers
- Cut the wire to the desired length and straighten it out as best as you can.
- Set your one end on your piece of cardboard and draw a triangle to surround it.
- Cut out your cardboard triangle, and, using it as a guide, cut a second.
- Hot glue one end of the wire to one of the triangles. Allow it to sit for a few seconds, then carefully place the other triangle on top. Apply gentle pressure so that the second triangle adheres to the wire. Let it sit for a minute or two to cool and cure.
- Using the jute twine, tape the end to the middle of the triangle.
- Begin wrapping the twine around the cardboard. Continue wrapping until all the cardboard is covered. There's no rhyme or reason to this; just wrap it in whatever pattern you'd like.
- Once the cardboard triangle is covered, cut the twine with plenty of length to work with.
- Keeping the tension on the wrapped twine, tuck the end under one piece of the wrap and then overlap, creating a loop. Thread your end through your loop and pull it tight. Secure with a few drops of hot glue. Allow it to cool, and then trim the excess.
- Cut three equal rectangles from the burlap.
- Using your twine, tie a knot in the middle of each rectangle to create fletching.
- Determine where you want to place the fletching on the other end of your wire. Once you have your desired spot, secure with hot glue.
- Repeat the above steps to create as many arrows as you'd like.
2. Love Birds Picture
What a sweet decor piece! Anyone can make this simple picture with just a few materials. I even got my teenage son to help me out with this one!
- Picture frame
- Red gift bag
- Two old book pages
- Sparkle hearts
- Black Sharpie
- Scotch tape
- Cut your gift bag to fit the frame.
- Draw a bird shape on one book page. Cut it out and then use it as a guide to cut a second.
- Draw an eye and a wing on each bird.
- Place everything on the bag and figure out where you want each piece to lay. I put a large red sparkle heart down and then placed each bird on top. I added a white sparkle heart in between the birds. I also decided to add two white sparkle hearts on opposite corners for added interest. I used the handle of the bag to create a branch for my birds.
- Once you know where you want everything to lay, tape it down to the bag.
- Clean the glass of your frame and then put your love birds picture inside.
- Display as part of your holiday decor.
3. Stuffed Love Bug
This little bug is adorable and will make a cute addition to your decor. Customize to fit your color scheme and choose to create a little nose or not. It's completely up to you!
- Old sweater
- Pillow stuffing
- Two black beads or buttons
- Red or pink ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- Cut a small to medium size rectangular shape from your sweater.
- Place pillow stuffing in the center.
- Begin folding the corners up to the center and secure them to each other using your glue gun.
- Once the hot glue has cooled, fold three corners up to the center one by one, and glue them together.
- You can choose to leave the fourth corner out, as I did, and glue the seam, or fold it up to the center and glue it to the others.
- Let the hot glue cool completely.
- Flip your bug over and glue two beads or buttons for the eyes.
- Tie a ribbon or two around the body of your bug to jazz it up a bit.
- Display your love bug as part of your Valentine's Day decor!