Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day Craft Guest Post



I would like to introduce you to my friend Colleen from So Much to Say. She is a very busy Mommy and I'm glad that she is here as my guest.



Hi South Shore Mommy readers!!!  I am Colleen from So Much to Say
I am excited to be posting here today with two quick Valentine's Day craft ideas. 
A little about me . . . . . I'm a mom of two and wife to my husband of almost ten years. I spend my days working as a lawyer which I love.  When I am not at work, you can find me with my two beautiful kids beside me.   My favorite thing in the world is hearing my littles giggle and cuddling up with them on the couch each night.   I also love coffee, wine, lists, organizing, party-planning, and decorating (and re-decorating!) our home.  I love to read blogs although admittedly they fill my head with ideas and crafts that I obsessively  keep track of on Pinterest.  I blog about many things like our life experiences, our home, projects, recipes, crafts, and sometimes just our ordinary days at home.
I am going to admit (although shamefully) that I have never used burlap before. Isn’t that sad?  For someone who likes to try crafts it’s crazy to think I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon – especially given how cheap it is!!!!  I recently bought a bunch and by that I mean about 3 yards (clearly measuring is not one of my strong points and there will be TONS of burlap projects in my near future). I thought we could make one of those cute Valentine's Day banners seen out
 there in blog land. 
Here is the finished project:
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I started out cutting strips of burlap roughly 5x7 for each pennant.  We had the fabric Valentines hearts on hand so we took the easy route and used those as the center. You could easily use
scrapbook paper, fabric or felt.
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I had leftover Martha Stewart baker's twine that I used to hang it. I took each piece as pictured below and folded it over the ribbon and hot-glued it in place.
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The hearts were adhesive so those were easy enough to put on. My little helper E did those.  I found some ribbon in my stash and tied those on every other pennant for some added contrast.
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What do you think?  My husband asked if fireplace banners were “the new thing”.  Silly guy, I may be slow to the burlap train but banners and bunting are all the rage!!!
This whole project was very inexpensive.  I think I paid like $5.00 for the 3 yards of burlap and the other items I had on hand. 
The next project I saw on pinterest and thought it would be a cute addition to the mantle for valentine's day. I bought the buttons at Michael's, the frame I had and the burlap is mentioned above.  I free-handed a heart shape and cut it out of a piece of paper. I then started the trim of the heart with the buttons using my glue gun. Once the trim was done I used started putting the rest of the buttons into the heart shape. 
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The cute little frame next to it was done by my little girl!
If you stop on over I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much for reading and
 a big thanks to South Shore Mommy for having me!!
Have a great weekend!










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5 comments:

  1. I love the craft ideas!! Especially the garland. I'm a huge fan of garland and have made garlands out of scrap booking paper with messages...ie....Happy Birthday! I wish I had the time and energy to make this project with my sweet girl. We have all been under the weather. Lucey and I have been working on a craft that I will show to the public soon. lol Also, Thank you so much for your generous comment. You are so sweet.... With Joy~ Beth

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  2. What wonderful ideas. I will definitely make notes of this for next year! xo

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  3. Very cute! I keep thinking I should make a banner, but I never seem to get around to it :)

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