Craft Projects, Holiday, Valentine's Day

Love Birds

Red love bird

I love birds and I love Valentine’s Day, so naturally I would do a bird-themed craft project for the Feb. 14 holiday. While Valentine’s Day is still a month away (a month to the day today!), I wanted to get started early on the few projects I have planned so the decorations can be out an about for a bit. I only have one Valentine’s Day decoration — a cute wreath my step mom made me — so I need just a few more things around the house.

As I sat down to watch the football game last night, I got out my sewing kit and a few pieces of felt. To start on my love birds, I cut out two pieces to make the body.

Love bird project

Then, I starting stitching around the outside of the body.

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I doubled up the thread so it would show more on the stitching.

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I kept stitching all the way around the body until there was a small slit open by the tail. I stuffed the body using some leftover batting.

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Once it was all stuffed, I sewed the remainder of the body closed.

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Time to add the rest of the pieces! I cut out a beak, wing and feet, and sewed each piece to the bird.

Love bird project7For the wing, I used a heart!!!

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Lastly, I added an eye using thread.

The red bird is for my hubby. Then I made a white one for me! For the second bird, I sewed all of the extra pieces on first. … the beak, the wing, the feet and the eye. That was a lot easier.

Love birds

We have the cutest love birds. ❤

All in all, it took me less than two hours to make these two love birds. Now they are sitting on our mantel — the first of the Valentine’s decor for our house.

Love bird project Mantel


Craft Projects, Quick and Easy Crafts

I love you because…

Check out the sweet gift I made for the hubby. It’s a little fru-fru, but, whatevs.

Here’s how to make your own:

  1. Find your perfect 8 x 10 frame. I searched two thrift stores for a pretty frame, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. I bought this silver frame from Michael’s.
  2. Find pretty paper for your frame. I found this light gold, textured paper in Michael’s scrapbooking section. I bought a 12 x 12 piece of paper and cut it down to fit in my printer.
  3. Design your “I love you because” graphic. I used InDesign, but you can certainly play around with the text in Microsoft Word until it appears as you like it.
  4. Print out your graphic, trim the paper down to 8 x 10, and slap it in your frame.
  5. Cover dry erase marker (unless you can find a pretty one) in ribbon using hot glue to secure it. Tie a bow if you’d like the added fru-fruness.
  6. Add a ribbon to the top of your frame to hang it from the wall. I knotted ribbon onto the picture hanger on the back of the frame. Then, I sewed a bow to the ribbon and embellished with a gold button to match the gold paper.
  7. Write your message!

Here’s how it looks hanging on the wall:

And there you have it — a quick and easy gift for the one you love!


Some epic Valentine’s Day cards

I made a wonderfully adorable Valentine’s Day craft, but I can’t show you all until I give it to the hubby tomorrow.

SOOOOO… here are a bunch of cute/funny/awesome/crafty Valentine’s I found on the interwebs that I wanted to share with you all.

No. 1: Pooping unicorn Valentine

This card would be perfect for my co-worker, Amy. A card with a unicorn that’s pooping a rainbow candy. Awesome.

No. 2: The funny journalist cards

As a recent j-school grad, this card is particularly humorous. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

No. 3: The Deck of Cards Valentine

This is the card that keeps on giving…. What could be cuter than a card that is a card for all 52 weeks of the year? Or a card made from cards! This is such a clever idea… and not too hard to make. Hop on over to the PaperVine to check out the tutorial.

No. 4: You’ll Do

This card speaks for itself — totally hilarious.

No. 5: The SomeECards card

My hubby might get into trouble with this one haha. But it’s pretty funny ;p

No. 6: The paint chip Valentine

SO CUTE! And practically FREE!

No. 7: Honey Badger Valentine

Haha this one is my favorite.

And, to be only slightly mushy, I actually got to shop in the Valentine’s-Day-cards-for-husbands section! {geeks out slightly}

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!