MAINLY, it’s because Valentine’s Day is totally my thing. I’d call it my favorite holiday, but since I don’t actually have a favorite holiday, I’ll say what I love about it. It’s my favorite holiday for decorations. It’s my favorite holiday for decor in general, and for colors, socks, leggings, shirts, and boxes of chocolate. I have so many stories about Valentine’s Day, but each one deserves its own post. They’re all coming, I promise. I’ll leave you with one Valentine’s Day story today.
It was February 9th, 1989 (but who’s counting)? I was settling down for a nice night in front of the TV. Specifically it was TGIF – remember that amazing lineup of shows on ABC? Surely you do! Full House was my personal delight, and I could quote a mean Steve Urkel from my Family Matters love. My sister wanted to go out with friends but my mom said we all had to stay because they were having “close” friends over and these “close” friends had a new baby my parents wanted us to meet. What?? Well, ok. I didn’t question it. I got set up in my TV bliss. Then the guests arrived and came downstairs holding the whitest, fluffiest, cutest puppy I’d ever seen. I just figured, “Oh, ok. They brought their cute puppy AND their baby.”
That was the best valentine I ever did get, especially as a kid. Ours. My parents always told us we couldn’t get pets. Turns out we could. Also, the guests weren’t their close friends (breeders) and there was no baby either. I bet you knew that.
Valentine Heart Tree Decor:
Dead branch with many small limbs
Clear jar of vase
Jewels, stones or sand for the bottom of your clear container
Gold spray paint
1 – Begin by spray painting your tree branch gold. Do this outside and leave it out to dry.
2 – While the branch is drying, cut out some heart shapes from cardboard. You want the heart shapes to be empty inside, as they will act as your forms for making your small yarn heart ornaments for the Valentine tree.
3 – Begin to wrap each of the cardboard heart shapes with thick yarn. You can use any yarn you have on hand, but thick yarn gives better coverage and helps you get the forms covered much faster.
4 – Once you finish wrapping each heart, tie off the end in the back.
5 – Loop a piece of yarn around the top of each yarn covered cardboard heart and tie it in a knot. This will serve as the hanger for your yarn heart ornament.
6 – Fill the bottom of a clear jar or vase with your choice of colored jewels, stones or even sand.
7 – Stick the spray painted branch into the jar and decorate it with your yarn heart ornaments.