David Bowie Valentines

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As you know, we are big fans of David Bowie and we couldn’t image a more perfect homage to the rock idol than through a holiday that expresses love, Valentine’s Day. Thus, we present to you, David Bowie valentines.

They come with a fun icon on one side and a rad coordinating pattern on the other so all you need to do is print front and back. Easy squeezy.cool free valentines david bowie

Download and the printable David Bowie Valentines here. Make sure you print them front and back to get the full experience. Happy dancing! cool free valentines david bowiecool free valentines david bowiecool free valentines david bowie

Photography and styling by Ashley Isenhour  |  Designs by Caitlin Boyes 

Eyeball gumball drink stirrers

Eyeball drink stirrers

Guys! We have a big Galentine’s brunch party coming in a couple of weeks, but we thought we’d sprinkle some tutorials we created for it before we release the final party pics because 1) I can’t keep a secret 2) These eyeball gumball drink stirrers must be made and used pronto. We kind of like them and think you might too 🙂 Eyeball gumball drink stirrersEyeball gumball drink stirrers

Find out how to make these eyeball gumball drink stirrers below!

DIY Room to room: hearts

Guys, I’m taking the plunge, I’m going Valentine’s. As one of my resolutions for the new year is to plan better, I thought I’d get going! Here are some of my favorite heart projects that would be so fun to make for Valentine’s Day.

DIY tissue honeycomb diamond heart by You are my Fave for Julep
DIY heart pillow
DIY heart doilies by Martha Stewart 

See more Valentine’s Day DIYs here

This Girl: Valentine’s Day edition

Valentine’s This Girl is subtle and restrained in soft pinks and greys.

This Girl  |  Escapes  |  Focuses 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

garland pink ombre
ombre heart garland in pinks
heart wreath ombre

Guys! I can’t even wait to tell you how Paul and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day. Hint: costumes will be involved. And Paul’s may be fancier than mine. That’s all I’m going to say for now.

I’ve had a ball creating Valentine’s Day projects for you. I love Valentine’s Day. I think it must be the warm color palette. Or love or something. I made this ombre garland for a couple of workshops that I gave this week. Stay tuned for more details about them.

Happy day!

photography by Trisha Zemp

Valentine’s Day planner

Valentine's Day ideas
If you’re anything like me, you need someone to spell out what the expectations are very certain events. And if you’re also like me, you don’t consider the day before last minute. You don’t even consider the day of last minute. You’re just doing things as they come and the day of…well…it’s here and now it’s time to get ‘er done. Thing is, you still want to do a good job and show people that you care so you race against the clock doing a meticulous job with what little you have and you tell yourself “I’m just doing the best I can.” Because you really are.
So, I have spelled it out for you. 
Here’s how Valentine’s Day will go. Because I’m assuming you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Right? No? Ok, pick and choose or just write a nice letter and print it off. Thing is, that’s still great. 
  1. You’ve gotten some honeycomb diamonds in your party stash maybe? Turn it into a heart once everyone has gone to bed. I LOVE surprises and love nothing more than to wake up to something festive. It creates a magic in the air. Hopefully your local party supply has a stash of these. Honeycomb heart installation by Melanie from You Are My Fave for Julep
  2. Breakfast in bed with conversation heart donuts. Because everyone loves donuts and love. By Kelly of Studio DIY
  3. Arrow and heart oversized balloons. Again, I like me a surprise. Put this outside the door right before everyone leaves. You know you’ll get a few squeals. Heart balloons by Kelly of Studio DIY.
  4. Remember those neighbors or school kids who NEED a Valentine? There is no time to make something crazy from Pinterest but there IS time to print something off and fold them. Origami hearts from You are my fave
  5. Again, there’s not time to get fancy so print off these floral/French Valentines to your loved ones. Printable valentines on Camille Styles
  6. WAIT! You need to wrap the gift you got! Do it fast and with simple paint and X’s and O’s. XOXO gift wrap from Sugar and Cloth
  7. We all know flowers are expected. But don’t try and order from someone fancy. There’s no time. Pick up some roses from the grocery store and put each one in a different vase. 
  8. Guys. I’m NOT a cook. I would NEVER attempt this, but I would think about doing it until I realized I would NEVER do this. Look how yummy and color appropriate it is. Sigh. Ricotta and Sage filled beat ravioli from Sunday Suppers.
  9. I wouldn’t even attempt this although in some alternate universe maybe. Ashley’s dark chocolate pot de cremes. MmmmmmMMMMMMmmmmm. From Sugar and Cloth.
I once had a friend tell me that instead of being disappointed in her expectations not being met for a birthday or other meaningful holiday, she made sure to tell her husband in advance what she wanted. I have a hard time doing this (because can’t they read our minds?!?!) but please pass this onto your significant other for some ideas. Clearly, not all of them (unless he’s really needing to score some points). 

Make a giant heart pouch

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big paper heart
ideas for Valentine's Day box

Because you can never exploit a craft too much. (Oh wait…chevron!) Yesterday I turned the paper Danish heart into a leather pouch to carry your little trinkets in–I currently use mine for my earphones–and today I thought I’d go the extreme opposite and show a GIANT paper Danish heart that would be perfect for little kiddy Valentine’s instead of a traditional box. Apparently the box is a big deal as some mommies have been telling me lately. This one takes 5 minutes so if you’re into time management might I suggest it.

MATERIALS: 4 pieces of Canson pastel paper (from the art supply store. Doesn’t have to be Canson, just any art paper will do), scissors, tape or glue, template (download here)

Step 1: Use the template and enlarge it to fit the size of the Canson art paper. I filled the entire sheet.
Step 2: Cut the pattern out onto 4 pieces of paper, two in each color of your choice.
Step 3: Tape the two similar  colors together at the bottom or glue them together.
Step 4: Follow the same process as THIS post to weave the two together.

DONZO. Seriously, so easy and major impact. You know what I mean?!

photography by Trisha Zemp 

Make a woven Danish heart pouch

danish heart instructions
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Christmas in Denmark is symbolized with a heart. It’s quite common to spend the Christmas season making woven hearts out of paper and hang them everywhere–on a Christmas tree, on garlands, on postal stamps. They’re really sweet. Here in America we don’t use the heart for Christmas, but as you know from all of my projects within the last week, Valentine’s Day. SO, I morphed the Danish Christmas heart into something a bit different–a leather pouch. Because I love making things practical in addition to cute.
Materials: leather scraps (you can get some from Amazon), small Velcro circles, scissors, heart template (download here), pen
Step 1: Cut out the template and trace it onto your scrap of leather.
Step 2: Cut out the leather.
Step 3: Fold the leather strip in half and crease.
Step 4: Weave together by starting with the first little strips on either color and placing it outside of the other.
Step 5: Move onto the second strip and place it under.
Step 6: Move to the last and bring it out again.
Step 7: Now start with the next strip and repeat the process but do the opposite pattern of the first strip.
Step 8: Repeat to the last strip and do the same pattern as the first strip.
Step 9: Turn the finished heart into a pouch by placing the adhesive velcro circles onto the inside of the pouch on either side.
Donzo.
instructions for Danish heart
danish hearts out of leather
pouch leather heart
I had made a few hearts and then realized that I could use them at a Valentine exchange that I attended over the weekend. I figured I needed to do something a little extra to them so I added in an arrow to complete the package.
I made the arrow out of a bamboo skewer and black paper (see more instructions here).
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valentine's day idea
photography by Trisha Zemp

3D Leather heart pins

3D leather heart tutorial
If you hate Valentine’s Day, I apologize in advance of this whole week–it’s gonna be heart-centric. But let me clarify that I’m not about the lovey dovey mushy Valentine’s with long stemmed roses and and baby’s breath. I’m all about the happy, friendly, let’s-show-people-they-are-loved Valentine’s. And who doesn’t want that?! These projects are intended for a bit of friendly happiness.

Valentine’s Day party heart straws & stirrers

Valentine's Day party
make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day party
make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day
beautiful photography by Trisha Zemp 

When I latch onto an idea I kind of exploit it to its fullest. Exhibit H: Valentine’s Day straws and stirrers. Last week I took the idea of the heart links that’s been floating around the web and then I made it huge and added bows in it. This time I miniaturized it and thought they’d be adorable on straws or a stirrer. Add on a cupid’s area and I die of cuteness. PLUS, it’s SUPER easy and shouldn’t take you much time at all. BINGO.
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Materials: pink or red paper, black paper, scissors, hole puncher for the straws, mini hole puncher for the skewers, straws, skewers, glue

Step 1: Cut out strips for the hearts out of your red or pink paper. I made mine about 5″ long and 1/2″ wide.
Step 2: Fold the strip in half to form a V.
Step 3: Glue the end of one strip.
Step 4: Wrap it around to form a heart and secure together.
Step 5: Hole punch one end of the heart closer to the bottom.
Step 6: Hole punch the other side closer to the top. The top one you will want to give it a slightly larger hole so punch it about 1 1/2 times. This will make it so the heart is not distorted.
Step 7: If you’re just making the straws you’re done! But if you’re making stirrers cut out a tip for the arrow out of black and little strips for the ends of the arrow.
Step 8: Glue the black parts onto the skewers.
Step 9: Trim off the ends of the arrows so they are even.

Donzo!

make a heart straw
heart projects
valentine's day party ideas
Valentine's Day party ideas

 Stay tuned for a whole week of quick and easy Valentine’s Day projects starting on Monday!

Oversized heart chain

Photography by Trisha Zemp
 

I’m baaack from three conferences last week and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

But in the mean time… I’ve spotted a cute paper heart chain on the interwebs (like this one from Just Bella or this one from Trendenser) and of course I wanted to try and make it huge like I do everything else so I came up with this oversized paper heart garland, which would be perfect to hang from a door or a entry way. I had to add some arrows in to act as support so it would retain it’s shape and it worked pretty well. Let me show you how to do it ombre style.

Materials: Canson art paper (learn how to ombre it here), paper wrapped wire (order some here), white crepe paper to wrap around the wire, black paper, glue gun, hole punch, craft knife
To make the heart strips: 
Step 1: Ombre your paper (learn how to do it here)
Step 2: Cut it into strips 1 1/2″ strips
Step 3: You will hole punch two sets of papers per heart. The first strip: punch about 1/2″ from one end and then about 8″ from there. The second strip, punch 1/2″ from the end and then 8″ from the other end.
To make the arrows
Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper about 3/4″ inch strips going against the grain and wrap it around the wire. Use glue to secure it at both ends.
Step 2: Cut out arrow tips out of black paper.
To form the heart:
Step 1: Glue two strips together at the end (the ends without the holes) and glue another set of strips together. This last one will form the second heart.
Step 2: Glue the ends of the first set of strips onto the outside of the tips of the second heart shape.
Step 3: Bore a hole at the point of the first heart. I used a craft knife here.
Step 4: Repeat until you have the amount of hearts you would like on your garland.
TIP: You will want to trade off which way the arrow points (for balance) so make sure to switch off which way the holes face.

To insert the arrows:
Step 1: Start with the middle holes and insert the tip of the wire in and down through the bottom hole and then up through the top hole.

To finish off the arrows:
Glue the black parts of the arrow onto the tips of the wire.

Voila! Let me know if something is unclear!

Happy early Valentine’s day and I’d love to see your oversized paper heart garlands. Tag all your projects with #thehousethatlarsbuilt

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.