I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to make cute pink and red crafts, bake delicious treats, and think of cheesy personalized valentines for friends and family (if you’re into that sort of thing). I love all of those things! But at the same time, I can’t help but think “Do we really need a holiday for this? Really? Shouldn’t we celebrate love all the time anyways? Is this just a holiday to put pressure on couples to ‘get it right’ with the perfect gift or perfect night out together?”
Despite my conflicting opinions about Valentine’s Day, I do have some very sweet memories from this holiday! For our first Valentine’s Day together, Cody got me a cute little teddy bear that had a tiny backpack on its back. Inside the backpack was a jewelry box with a beautiful heart pendant necklace. Of course, I loved that necklace (and still do!), but the teddy bear, later (creatively) named Mr. Bear, was my favorite part of the gift. After years of wear and tear from use, I’m sad to say that Mr. Bear is on his last leg. His red winter hat is torn from his ears, his sweater and backpack have been patched, and his once-soft fur is all pilled up from many “swims” in the washer. Soon I will have to pack him away to save as an old keepsake!
So while I was once not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, new relationships and eventually a new family brought with it new and fun Valentine’s traditions. While Cody and I don’t make a huge deal out of the holiday, it is a nice excuse to put away the winter decorations and get out (or make new!) bright-colored decorations before Spring arrives 🙂
This DIY wreath project is simple to make, but it takes some time, and some sore fingers! You might also want a vacuum and/or lint roller for afterwards. I shamelessly spent 3-4 hours making this while simultaneously bingeing on HIMYM and some Valentine candy (because, obviously…) So break out your comfy clothes and TV remotes and begin!
Here are the necessary supplies:
- metal wreath form
- scissors or a rotary cutter + cutting mat
- fabric – I chose pink and grey&white stripes and decided to make the wreath with twice the amount of stripes. I ended up using about a 1/2 yard of pink and 1 full yard of stripes.
- candy (that’s just for you :))
Begin by cutting all the fabric into 1 inch wide strips. I left my fabric folded to make it easier to cut. The best thing about this project is that the fabric strips don’t need to be cut perfectly because they are all going to end up tied anyways. Yay for imperfect crafts!
After cutting the long strips 1 inch wide, cut them again to 6 inches long. I just lined them all up on my cutting mat and cut right through them. Quick & easy! Now to the fun part..
Begin the seemingly never-ending task of tying the strips onto the wreath form. Fill one wire at a time, starting on the inside wire, then rotate the knots inward and start on the next one until the section is finished. I started with two knots on each strip, but I got lazy and it seems like one knot does the trick just as well 🙂 I ended up ting about 9-10 strips per wire per section, totaling about 320 strips.
When the section is filled, you can adjust the knots to make the section more poufy and full. The back should look like this!
I finished it off by adding a small section of a polka-dot garland I found at Target a few years ago (the things I find in the back of my craft drawers!) and a big bow on top from a piece of scrap fabric.
Hang it up and admire your handiwork! 🙂 Here’s a picture of some Valentine themed pillow covers I made a few weeks ago. While I was planning on making a DIY post about them, I forgot to take pictures and a sewing tutorial without pictures is pretty worthless (and confusing)! They have some flaws, because I’m totally not great at sewing, but I love how they turned out!
Thanks for reading! XOXO 🙂