Made With Love: Valentine’s Day Ideas for Your Home Décor

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Valentine’s Day seems to bring out the “crafty” person in all of us — so, just in time for that special day, here are some easy-to-make décor ideas from Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com) to dress up your home. Strings of hearts, of course, are probably the number-one accessory for this holiday; make them out of miniature cutouts and wire for a fabulous candle trim, or use larger hearts and yarn or ribbon to decorate a headboard, mantel, mirror, or shelf. Décor can be a small touch, like a ribbon of pink or red fabric trimming a cake plate…or it can be a splashy accent, like a photo tree with family pictures on display (framed in hearts, of course!) Use red, pink, and white candies in clear glass to hold a candle, or substitute glass beads in those colors for even more shine.

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A wreath of red, pink, and white decorated loops, trimmed with a paper or fabric “lollipop,” looks fabulous on a door. So do floating hearts made with paper cutouts curled much the same way you curl ribbon. A collage of tiny cutout designs (birds and hearts are used here) is pure fun on white stock, or embroider your own design on a scrap of canvas. Make a bouquet of crepe paper flowers (the fluffier, the better), or put together a rustic “spool” heart plaque for your country-loving friends. Tuck a red journal filled with loving thoughts, pictures, or quotes next to a place setting and you’ll make memories that last all year. So let your imagination go: whether you’re frilly or practical, sentimental or whimsical, this array has something you’ll love for your Valentine’s Day!

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).