I don’t know exactly why, but I am really into decorating for all holidays lately. I am sure it is partially since I’m a stay-at-home-mom and I am home pretty much alllllll the time, but it is fun to “dress up” your house to match the season. All of our Christmas decorations came down and were packed away on January 1st and our house looked so bare! I decided we should put up some Valentine’s Day decor, since really, it is right around the corner and it helps bring me down gently from the Christmas decorating high I was on.
I have a few ideas to share with you all later, but I wanted to get this post out now in case some of you are looking for some relatively easy projects for Valentine’s Day decor! I saw this blog post on Pinterest from My Sister’s Suitcase, and I loved the idea and decided to give it a try. It was a fun project, and took a couple of nap time’s to complete, which wasn’t too bad from a timing perspective.
Yarn: I used Crafter’s Secret from Hobby Lobby, but anything will work. You can do different colors like I did to create an ombre effect, or you could do the letters all one color.
Letters: I used wooden letters from Michael’s. You could use paper mache letters, as well.
Hot Glue Gun/Glue
Scissors & Tape
1. Pick a letter to start with. I went in order of the word, so I started with the “L”. The hardest part about this project is figuring out which way to wrap the yarn so that the entire letter gets covered. The “O” and the “V” are the simplest. The “L” and the “E” are more complicated. For the “L”, I cut small pieces of yarn to hot glue to the top and bottom of the letter.
2. You will glue those small pieces super tightly together at the top (or bottom depending on where you are starting). Once the ends are covered, you can trim off the excess and glue down the sides (shown in the second picture). Make sure you put them as close together as you can so it gives the appearance of being tightly wrapped.
3) For the “L”, I then wrapped the red vertically on the bottom first. Then, I wrapped horizontally on the side part of the “L” and the bottom to make sure it was fully covered.
4) To create the ombre effect, when I was getting close to switching colors, I left some space in between the wrap that I could fill in with the next color so it looked purposeful.
I taped down the end on the back.
5) The letter “O” and “V” are easy to wrap, and for the “E”, I wrapped vertically first, then horizontally, as you can see in the picture here. I know it seems kind of confusing, but once you start wrapping, you will get the hang of it.
Each letter probably took around an hour to complete, on average. But, I love how they turned out! The yarn gives them a cozy feel and they really brighten up the room.
Let me know if you decide to make these and how they turn out! These would be fun to do for other holidays, too — I’m thinking like a black and orange wrapped “BOO” for Halloween!
P.S. Thank you for all of the kinds words and encouragement about Gavyn’s DocBand — we are so appreciative of the support. We have his second appointment this week and I can post an update then!
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