Spreading the love
Married as I am to someone who has steadfastly refused ‘to get sucked into all this commercial nonsense’, Valentine’s Day has long been a bitter sweet day for me. It can easily leave you feeling ‘left out’ – often for no real reason at all but ‘left out’ all the same!
Looking around I notice quite a few other people feeling much the same and have come to the conclusion that,I commercialised or not, the day DOES give us an opportunity to ‘spread the love’. It’s great that the day has been expanded to showing love to anyone special to you. I love the excuse to do something fun and unexpected to make someone feel special and appreciated.
And BONUS! It gives me an excuse to do some crafting!
My chosen Valentines for this year are a neighbour who has had a very difficult start to the new year and a family member who seems a tad lonely.
In addition my granddaughter was due for a sleepover – she’s my never-fail craft buddy and guaranteed to get a project going.
The day before her visit I did a little shopping for materials – some heart-shaped mini container blanks and also some coaster blanks that I thought we could decorate; perhaps fill the boxes with some choccies?
What we used:
- Acrylic paint
- Heart shaped punch
- Old magazines (made from good quality paper)
- Spray lacquer to seal magazine pages
- Decopatch white gesso
- Modge Podge or Decopatch glue/varnish
- Brushes for painting, gluing and varnishing
- Alcohol based marker pens
- Felt to line boxes
- Contact adhesive
How we did it:
Give each item to be decorated an undercoat of white gesso – not essential but recommended for a good finish:
Choose a background colour for the containers and coasters – we tried to get a theme going to but each item can be individually decorated if they are to be given separately.
While the paint was drying we chose pages from the magazines that had pages with patches of colours we liked and sprayed these with lacquer to seal the colour.
Using the punch we punched out a selection of different coloured hearts arranging them into groups of colours
Work out a design for the placement of the hearts – we decided on a random scatter of hearts in a certain group of colours with just one or two reds
Using Modge Podge we carefully pasted on these onto the boxes, lids and coasters taking care to smooth out all wrinkles and air bubbles from under the heart shapes;
Once complete we gave all outer/upper surfaces two coats of Modge Podge to even out the surface, allowing each coat to dry before continuing;
I then brushed on a number of coats of Modge Podge allowing each coat to dry before painting on the next. I then sanded the pieces until smooth, wiped with a slightly damp cloth to remove all dust and carefully applied my final coat of Podge.(This stage is optional but I Iike how the decoupage seems to sink right into the surface giving a beautiful finish)To complete our decoration I added some parallel row of dots (a smaller contrasting coloured dot inside a slightly larger one) around the border of the top and base of one box and a circle of hearts around the other. I added a similar heart pattern to the coasters
I then traced off a template of the box lid and base and cut out four of these shapes in felt. I measured the depth of the boxes and cut a length of that to line the sides. also cut eight tiny circles to fix underneath the coasters
These shapes were pasted into the boxes using glue and voila – they were ready for their choccies!
So while I don’t do the traditional romantic Valentine’s Day I DO think it’s a great opportunity to show some love and an Excellent excuse to get crafting.
So, who’s on Your list this year?
Until next time
HAPPY VALENTINE CRAFTING!