Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Framed Valentine's Day Wreath

I'm going to be honest: we don't decorate for Valentine's Day... before I started trolling blogs 1+ years ago, I didn't really think that *anyone* did. Turns out they do and I seem to be in the minority. Since we still have our Christmas decorations up, I decided to try my hand at a Valentine's Day themed something to encourage me to box up the holiday stuff. That something turned out to be a replacement for the Star of Bethlehem wreath that should have vacated our front door a couple of weeks ago.

I found all of the materials for this in the Christmas clearance bins at Michael's for a whopping $3.50. Quite a steal if I do say so myself.
I used one of the laser cut wood frames in a fancy baroque style, a fabric covered wooden "LOVE" plaque, a mini red cardinal, and some gingham ribbon.

I painted the wooden frame with a mixture of cream and gray acrylic paint (comes in a natural yellowy-pine color that just didn't jive with the color scheme I wanted). Once it was dry I hot glued the word to the bottom of the frame and added the little bird as an accent.

It's the perfect size for the front door. I was originally planning on just hanging the frame from the wreath hanger like you would a normal wreath but decided it looked too plain. I turned to my trusty hot glue gun, glued a strip of ribbon to the back of the frame, decided it was the perfect finishing touch, and called it a day. 

It's not the norm for a wreath, but I think it complements the holiday perfectly -- fancy (because of the scroll-y frame) but warm and cozy (because of the plaid).

I'm smitten.

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  1. Love that frame!

    I don't decorate for Valentine's Day either (it's not really a thing in Germany), but my door has been feeling a bit empty since I took down the Christmas decoration last week. Maybe I have to create a new fad of Valentine-y decorations in my neighborhood.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Tonna! It's amazing how something so small can add the perfect finishing touch :)

  3. So cute! I was looking for the "love" sign at my Michael's and they didn't have it. I'm going to check back this week. It is exactly what I need for my wreath as well!

    Found you via Nifty Thrifty Things.

    JQ @

    1. Mine was in the giant Christmas clearance section (the value wall) -- Originally $2 on sale for $0.50 if I remember correctly. Ask one of the clerks, I'm sure they'd be glad to help!

  4. I have seen those laser cut frames and thought they were so neat. I love what you did with it! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!



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  6. I don't decorate for holidays, but I really like this. A modern take on a wreath. I like it. I am hosting a new link party and would love it if you would link up. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/


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