In case you haven’t noticed….
I love to use styrofoam sheets when I need to create a whimsical shape or as a base for holiday decor.
Past Project Examples:
So, when the nice folks at MakeItFunCrafts.com asked if they could send me some of their
FloraCraft® Make It Fun® Foam Sheets to develop a wall art project,
can you guess what my answer was? ha ha
I chose to create a Super-sized Valentine’s Day design and below are the details, product info,
measurements, instructions, how it turned out and a BONUS gift suggestion too!
It’s a simple D.I.Y. project featuring “X” and “O” (symbols for Kisses & Hugs) patterns
made out of newspaper or any large paper you have on hand.
I used the handy packing paper that came inside the box of Make It: Fun Foam®… recycle! 😉
Once I created my “X” and “O” patterns, I laid them out on the Make It: Fun Foam® sheets & traced around them (using a pencil).
And to save you the effort, I measured the pieces & parts of my completed pattern and am sharing those details below:
Next, remove the patterns and cut-out your “X”s and “O”s!
FloraCraft’s® also sent me their very cool Styro Cutter® Plus Carving Tool (as well as a nice jar of cutting fuel too!),
but if this tool is not in your budget right now, you can also use a dull metal knife or spatula (like a frosting knife)
and put the leftover pieces to work (as a file)
to smooth out the edges of your finished designs.
Last, but not least, choose what color(s) you’d like to paint your designs
and spray paint them outside, in a well ventilated area, using old newspaper to protect your surface.
Perfect Pink and Carnation Red are the colors I chose because I love mixing red & pink for Valentine’s Day,
but purple & pink or 2 shades of each would look great too.
[IMO, Design Master is the best paint to use – to avoid product shrinkage, be sure to follow painting directions carefully]
I also found an incredibly cute, perfectly (color) matched & budget-friendly Valentine decoration
at Wal-Mart for only .98 cents… a Heart Garland!
Helpful Hint: You’ll have to thread the cording through the hearts yourself, for proper hanging,
so add a piece of scotch tape to one end of the cording to make it easier & to avoid fraying.
I recycled a few decorations to help me create the rest of my Valentine’s Day design.
Remember my white Lanterns?
& shiny red pillar candle holders (by the way, these were a Goodwill find)?
I stacked the pillar candle holders inside the white lanterns,
topped each of them with one of the hearts from the banner
and added a few conversation hearts in the bottom ~
The final details ~
some cool, pink & red chevron print ribbon (from Michael’s Crafts), wrapped around my mantel using tape to keep it in place,
rose heart wreath and BE MINE sign I already had
and a gift for my Valentine (more details about that below).
Here’s my finished, super-sized expression of LOVE…
After decades of Valentine’s Day celebrations together, my Hubby and I buy each other thoughtfully practical gifts these days
and I’m excited over what I found for him this year!
He’s British-born, so it’s in his DNA to enjoy a spot ‘o tea (and coffee),
but I want him to drink out of the safest mugs possible.
So, I’ve been hunting for White, Bone China mugs, with generous handle openings, for his man-fingers,
and found 2 (at HomeGoods – $4.99 each) that had the cutest sayings on them (awwww).
And BONUS ~ they were made in Great Britain.. woo hoo… mission totally accomplished!
I also added in some dark chocolate, tea, coffee & honey sticks (portable honey servings)
popped them into this perfectly-sized box (also found @ Wal-mart), added a bow and homemade gift tag.
The gift tag features a photo from our wedding day that I scanned into my computer
& printed out in Black & White with an added red heart graphic & sentiment.
I “heart” this idea of a much more personal touch over a store-bought card.
(BTW, feel free to giggle at my giant, bell-shaped wedding gown. LOL)
So, the “signs” of LOVE are on display at The Seasonal Home and we’re ready for the season of hearts;
I even set up a fun, little cookie jar & cupcake display in the kitchen!
Happy Valentine’s Day and…