Crafty Friday: Valentine Heart Tree Decor

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Why? Because it’s cool. And because I’m in Florida right now and wanted to share while I’m away.

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.

I think you deserve that!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

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.”

My mom had tears in her eyes when they placed the puppy on the floor. “Do you know whose puppy this is?” “Yes. Theirs.”

“No, it’s ours.”

Ours.

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.

Now, onto Valentine’s Day! It’s NOT too early to decorate. Let it be a month long! Let it be a year long!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Valentine Heart Tree Decor:

Materials:

Dead branch with many small limbs
Cardboard
Scissors
Thick yarn
Clear jar of vase
Jewels, stones or sand for the bottom of your clear container
Gold spray paint

Instructions:

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.

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Enjoy!

Fun, Easy Christmas Craft: Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees

This fun and easy #Christmas #craft will keep delight your little ones, and then you can use the Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees for decorations too!

I remember something my little sister said last year that made me beam for days.

She was pregnant and it was a winter night, with the sunset creeping ever closer to afternoon, and we had about eight minutes to do a maternity shoot. Somehow we managed it, in the near dark, and I later handed (emailed) over her pictures. “I’ll do newborn ones too!” I said, because of course I would do that for my sister. And that’s when she said it. She said, “Man, having a photographer for a sister is so clutch.” I couldn’t stop beaming. I was so happy she had noticed!

Christmas craft

Now I’m going to tell you how I use the term. “Having an art teacher for a mom is SO CLUTCH.” I probably don’t sound as cool as my sister did, but that’s ok. The thing is clutch. My mom has been an artist/art teacher for about 40 years now. She expresses her thoughts, opinions, experiences and DREAMS through art. I used to be her art assistant and I’ve taken note of the projects the kids really took to the most, and I use them with my own kids. It amazes me how imaginative they are.

This fun and easy #Christmas #craft will keep delight your little ones, and then you can use the Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees for decorations too!

This project is exceptionally cool. When we were in NJ for the weekend, my mom took the kids to her art gallery while I had a newborn photo shoot. There, the kids made a bunch of crafts. Hey, free art classes. I can’t deny how cool that is either.

This fun and easy #Christmas #craft will keep delight your little ones, and then you can use the Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees for decorations too!

So if you’re feeling inspired this weekend, try this amazing craft!

This fun and easy #Christmas #craft will keep delight your little ones, and then you can use the Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees for decorations too!

Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees

Materials:

Long twigs
Felt in a variety of colors
Hot glue gun
Small wood slice rounds in different sizes
Scissors
Cardstock
Pencil

Instructions:

  1. Begin by drawing half of a Christmas tree shape on the outside edge of a piece of cardstock paper and cutting it out. You can view the photo for reference on how to do this.
  2. Fold a portion of felt over and cut out a Christmas tree shape using your cardstock tree shape as a template. Cut out 4-5 felt trees for each finished tree you wish to make. You can create and cut out a smaller template as well if you would like to make trees of different sizes.
  3. Break a twig to the length you would like your tree to be.
  4. Starting at the top of the twig, put a straight line of hot glue down the twig about as long as your felt trees.
  5. Fold a felt tree in half and push it into the hot glue so that the hot glue runs behind the center of the felt tree, and the top of the tree is just above the top of your twig. Again, you can view the photos for reference on how to do this.
  6. Continue folding and gluing your felt trees all of the way around the twig. You can fit 4-5 felt tree shapes on the twig depending on how full you would like your finished tree to look.
  7. Create a base for your felt and twig Christmas tree by gluing together 2 or more small wood slice rounds of different sizes. You can also use a single wood slice if you prefer.
  8. Use hot glue to attach the bottom of your twig and felt tree to the base. Hold it in place for a minute or two until the hot glue has hardened.
  9. Display your felt trees as a group on your mantel, shelf or table this holiday season.


This fun and easy #Christmas #craft will keep delight your little ones, and then you can use the Rustic Felt and Twig Christmas Trees for decorations too!

What’s your favorite Christmas craft?