So it's done. I've been crafting my brains out over the past two weeks and I need a break!
I did reach my goal, though! I had to make a slight amendment because the craft store was all out of O's for my XO garland. But I replaced that with something I've been meaning to do for over a month - a marbled clay ring dish.
Here are the crafts I charged myself with completing before Valentine's Day:
I kept putting this one off because of the amount of time I thought it would take. But it actually came together fairly quickly. I followed this tutorial and got the faux flowers at Michaels. I filled in the grapevine wreath and branches much more than the tutorial did, but I like how it turned out! And its a definite door filler, measuring in at almost 3 feet (including the bow).
Marbled Clay Ring Dish - replaced the XO Garland I couldn't get the parts to complete
I've been meaning to do this craft for SO LONG! I saw them forever ago on A Beautiful Mess and got all the supplies, then they sat on my computer printer until my husband broke out the clay for Toddler G this past Saturday morning when I was out. Oops! At least it made me use the rest of the unused clay before someone else did.
Next time (yes, I'll do it again!) I'll use a little more clay for each bowl. I had some ragged edges and the bowls were a little thinner than I would have wanted. But nonetheless, they're still pretty cool looking.
This one was so easy, just cut 12x12 scrapbook paper in half and tape it to the wall. The paper got a little wrinkled when Baby M decided to grab the paper while I was putting it up. She loves all things shiny!
I apologize for the horrible photo, for some reason I only took a photo of this one with my phone. I got the idea here, but used the template for the Halloween Garland I did back in October because I really liked the paper dimensions. I wanted to have some pattern so I used scrapbook paper I already had. Then I simply used tiny clothes pins (previously used on my Xmas Card Tree) and attached them to ribbon. Easy peasy.
Unlike the tutorial I used, I couldn't find little bees or ladybugs anywhere! So I've had to make due with slightly creepier ones (spiders, flies, and ants). Not half bad. Could be great for someone who isn't totally in love with Valentine's Day ;-)
How did I do?!
Ikea is launching two new collections this month!
I love all things Ikea. You must check them out, super cool!