After the busyness of the Christmas season, I am craving clean and simple decorations for my home. I have stripped things down and put them away in closets in favor of empty surfaces and a fresh clean outlook for the new year. I decided that a Valentine’s Day craft would be perfect. However, it had to be simple and not too complicated. What’s simpler than a bouquet of paper hearts in glass bottles? This literally took me minutes to complete, and I am so happy to have a little bit of fresh spring color in my kitchen.
1. Print your design onto cardstock.
My big design decision for these hearts was to put three different digital background papers in a document in Photoshop. I wanted to have a different paper on the top and bottom of my hearts. I placed three different papers in my document and spaced them out evenly. Then I printed the page on some matte cardstock. I printed both sides so that I wouldn’t have to worry if the hearts moved around in my vase.
2. Cut out your hearts.
Once my paper was printed, I folded it in quarters so that I could cut the hearts on the fold for a symmetrical shaped heart. I cut out as many as I could from the folded edges of one piece of cardstock. You only need a few hearts for this Valentine’s Day craft; remember, we are keeping it clean and simple.
3. Glue your hearts to wooden skewers.
Next, I took some wooden skewers that we tend to have on hand. I used regular white glue and glued the hearts to the wooden skewers. I arranged them in my bottles with the help of a little tissue paper in the bottom of my bottle so that I could keep the skewered hearts at varying levels.
4. Arrange your heart bouquet in a glass jar.
Last summer, I found these cute little glass bottles at our local thrift store for just 99 cents each! They have been so handy for making up a quick centerpiece for a table or windowsill. These little bottles are perfect for my quick-and-easy heart bouquet. You can find bottles or vases anywhere, but for a fresh, modern look, look for tall skinny vases with small openings and grab a few of them – they look great as a set.
That’s it, a simple Valentine’s Day craft that can last throughout the Spring!