Posts tagged ‘valentine’s day crafts’

February 14, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Decoupaged Valentine Jar

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope today you will have a lovely and happy day. In case you have sometime to craft today here is a great project that you can create. This decoupaged Valentine jar is not only cute, but it’s a useful craft. Store all your Valentine’s Day goodies in this jar, and display it in your home or office. This jar was designed by, Sherrie Ragsdale. See a list of supplies, and the instructions for this project below.

PLAID Supplies

  • Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.

Other Supplies

Red paper with white dots, Red and white striped paper, Pink paper with white dots, Pink ribbon, Pink buttons, Hot glue gun, & Jar


  1. Cut out red/white dot paper to fit the lid of jar and the front of jar. Glue in place.
  2. For the front of the jar, cut out a square from the red paper with dots. Next, cut out a slightly smaller square (approximately 1/2 smaller square), from the striped paper. Center and adhere smaller square to larger square using Mod Podge as your glue.
  3. Cut out one small heart from the red striped paper and one small heart from the pink paper with white dots. Set aside.
  4. Cut out a medium heart from the red paper with dots and a medium heart from the solid pink paper. Set aside.
  5. Glue medium pink heart to the top. Center and glue small striped heart on top of pink heart.
  6. Glue medium red dotted heart on top of the square paper. Center and glue small pink heart on top of red heart.
  7. Glue the square paper with attached hearts to the front of the jar.
  8. Add pink bow and buttons as shown in photo using hot glue.



February 13, 2012

Plaid is Spreading the Love: Enter our Twitter Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

So tomorrow is February 14th, Valentine’s Day. The day to celebrate your love for your significant other, family, and/or friends. While I love Valentine’s Day, I do think we all should spread love throughout the year, not just on February 14th 🙂

So although Valentine’s Day is the day to show your love for others, we here at Plaid would like to see you to show your love for crafts. We’re hosting a Valentine craft photo contest on Twitter, with the chance to win $50 worth of Plaid craft products! Three winners will be chosen.

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter (@PlaidCrafts), and send us a TwitPic that shows us a photo of a Valentine’s themed craft project you have created. We here at Plaid will select the top 3 craft projects submitted. And please remember, do not submit any pictures you wouldn’t want your mom to see!

Follow us on Twitter: @PlaidCrafts

Enjoy our Valentines Day Contest. Good Luck!

(Contest begins 12pm EST Monday, February 13th, and ends 11:59pm EST Tuesday, February 14th)

February 13, 2012

Make it Monday: Valentine Purse

By: Candie Cooper (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)

I was thinking back to my own school days. About this time twenty-five years ago my mom and I would be working on my Valentine Box. You know the ones–they house all the little notes classmates give to one another. One year it was wrapped in red paper with conversation hearts glued on, another it looked like a mini mailbox. So fun! I was trying to think of a quick-to-make-Valentine box and this is what I came up with. It’s a retro clutch disguised as a Valentine holder!  

Pick up clutches at the second hand store, then grab some embellishments, ribbons, Mod Podge, Extreme Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter paints and paint brushes. You may need some Folk Art paint too.

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February 8, 2012

Web Wednesday: Valentine Fabric Tags from Carolyn’s Homework

Everywhere you look, the web is filled with tons of wonderful Valentine’s Day craft projects. I love just looking at all the creative and unique crafts people are making. One unique Valentine’s craft I recently spotted were these, Valentine Fabric Tags. These tags were created using some FolkArt and Martha Stewart paints. Carolyn from Carolyn’s Homework, created these tags/labels that can be used on several different items. She used these on journals to jars. Such a great touch of personalization, that you can add to any Valentine’s Day gift. Click here to learn how these tags were created.


February 7, 2012

Tuesday Huesday: A Chic Valentine’s Themed Table

Gasp! That’s exactly what I did when I first laid eyes on this gorgeous table. I stumbled across this table first on Pinterest. The original source was from a blog called, The Inspired Bride. Although the creators of this amazing table decorated it with a wedding in mind, I see this table fitting in nicely at a Valentine’s Day dinner party. I love the mixture of colors used on it. There is little red hues in this design, which to many is the required colors to decorate with during Valentine’s Day. I feel that people often times forget about pink. I am such a girly girl so I love pinks, and purples for that matter. They are such feminine colors, that I love to decorate with. This table is soft, yet very chic. It is not overly mushy, but quite tasteful. Hopefully soon I can throw a dinner party for friends. I will definitely use this table design as inspiration.

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 2574 Brilliant Pink, # 462 Burnt Umber, # 2495 Gilded Oak, and # 932 Calico Red.

February 7, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Glittery Valentine’s Wreath

One of our favorite craft bloggers, Laura, just showed me this wonderful project she created to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I love the simplicity of this Valentine’s wreath. Laura was able to get this wreath for a steal. She snagged it at Michaels when they were having a 70% off sale. Awesome! The poor wreath had just survived the Christmas shopping holiday, so there were some spots on it that needed to be touched up. No problem, Laura just dabbed some our FolkArt Red Extreme Glitter paint on those areas. To see how Laura made this wreath check it out here on her blog, Katy Diddys.

February 6, 2012

Make it Monday: Dancing Hearts Valentine Mobile

Create a lovely and wonderful mobile with Gallery Glass, this Valentine’s Day. Hearts are all a flutter this time of year, and the song of love is playing almost everywhere you go. Even though there are only a few days left til Valentine’s Day, there is still plenty of time to get creative and make some festive decorations for this occasion. Below are the supplies you will need, along with the instructions. This project was designed by, Holli Long. Click here to see another Valentine’s Day craft made with Gallery Glass.
PLAID Supplies

  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Snow White, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Amethyst, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Ruby Red, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Surfaces – Leading Blanks
  • Gallery Glass ® Redi-Lead™ Strips – Thin
  • Gallery Glass ® Accessories – Tool Set
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ Sets – Primary Paint Set

Other Supplies
28 Gauge wire
Wire cutters
Red glass hearts
Optional: Red seed beads


  1. Tape pattern under Cuttable Plastic and trace lines with Thin Redi-Lead, trimming to fit as you go.
  2. Colorize heart shapes with combinations of Window Color colors of your choice. (Samples use Ruby Red, Wicker White, and Amethyst.)
  3. Create various dots, stripes and swirls as desired. Create marbled effects by stirring colors together slightly while wet. Experiment! It’s FUN!!
  4. When Window Color is completely dry, cut around all heart shapes with scissors, leaving a little “tab” of clear plastic between the ‘humps of the top of heart (to hang it by). Cut 8 pieces of wire approximately 12” long.
  5. Punch holes in the top and bottom of each heart using a T-Pin. Enlarge holes with the metal tool.
  6. Thread two wires through the top hole. Center wires and bend up. Holding wire near the plastic, twist several times. Thread two of the wires together and through a red glass bead. Twist all wires together to hold in place. Add another red glass heart to two of the wires. Twist all wires together and make a loop at top for hanging. Twist wires together to secure loop. Trim wires close.
  7. Attach another two wires at the bottom of the heart, bring ends together to align the hole at the center of the wires. Hold the wires close to the plastic and twist a couple of times. Add a red glass bead to two of the wires, then bring all four together and twist to hold glass bead in place.
  8. Connect to next heart shape by threading two of the wires through the hole at the top, then wrap all four wires around under the heart a couple of times. Cut wire close.
  9. Repeat for each space between hearts. (Note: you can assemble mobile with ribbon or cord instead of wire, if desired.)
  10. Optional step: Cut 5” lengths of extra wire. Thread wires through red seed beads: curl and bend wire to create a “wild” look. Wrap randomly around wire between hearts.
  11. Hint #1: You can add more or fewer hearts to your mobile as desired.
  12. Hint #2: You can write alphabet letters on top of the dry Window Color using the tip of Liquid Lead (spell out the name of your Sweetheart, spell out “Love”, etc.).
  13. Hint #3: You can write whole words on each heart such as ‘love”, “kisses”, “hugs”, etc.
January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Pretty in Pinks and Purple Table Decor

Can you believe that this is the last day in the month of January? I know I can’t. The year is already flying by, and before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your table with some Valentine’s decor, then you will love this pretty in pinks and purple table decor. This project was created by one of our designers, Trenice Bishop. She created these adorable decorations using Apple Barrel paints. Click here to learn how to create this project for your own table.

January 30, 2012

Make it Monday: Martha Stewart Valentine Containers

Don’t Martha Stewart’s crafts always amaze you? Transform some ordinary containers into holiday favors and gifts, with our celebratory collection! In case you have hit a Valentine’s Day project roadblock, try making these Valentine Containers. You can use these container to store candies, small cards, and other little nick nacks. Also these containers would make great gifts to give to your friend, teacher, or loved one. See below for all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Pink Viburnum
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Habanero
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Foam Pouncers Set – 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Utility Brush Set – 3pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Holiday Icons Laser-Cut Stencils

Other Supplies

Assorted trinket boxes


  1. Use a large brush to paint boxes a basecoat of Pink Viburnum.
  2. Use a foam pouncer and follow general stenciling instructions using the image as reference.

How to Paint the Stencil

TIP Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric.

  1. Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface.
  2. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.
  3. While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.
  4. Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil or color over it.

Clean Up

  1. Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint.
  2. Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.


January 27, 2012

Freelance Friday: Ribbon and Pearl Rose Pin

I don’t know if you heard, but Hot Glue Gun Helpers turned 1 years old this week. Cathie Filian was so excited about this anniversary that she is hosting a Hot Glue Gun Helper on her blog. Click here to enter. In case you win the giveaway or if you already have your own hot glue gun helper, we wanted to share an adorable craft project to use it on. This ribbon and pearl rose pin is a great Valentine’s Day craft. It’s simple to make, and is very versatile. Add this pin to your blouse, a headband, or use as an embellishment on a frame. To learn how to create this ribbon and pearl rose pin click here.