Friday, December 28, 2012

It's Only a Paper Moon


I love the month of February as I consider it a Side-by-Side holiday to New Year's Day and Christmas. It's not at all necessary to put away your wintery favorites to make room for pink hearts and paper wreaths. So get out your vintage Valentines, and craft until your Heart is Content!


When I craft with Valentines, I look for ones that belong together. The clues are subtle; but they are there, and so much fun to find. Notice the odd way the images on the left are cut. They are a matching set! The little girl on the right has a number at the bottom. I have lots that match her. 


HEARTS: Cut 5 ExL, 3 L, 10 Med, and 10 Sm Hearts (not pictured) from printed paper. Adhere all but Small Hearts to White Card Stock with Glue Stick. Scallop white edge with Decorative Scissors. Punch holes in each heart alternating, Left, Right, and Middle. DECORATE:  5 ExL, 3L, and 2 Sm Hearts with images cut from Valentines.


TAG SHEET: Cut 10 tags. Back with white card stock. Punch alternating holes in each tag. (Note Small Heart Tags are not punched). Tags can also cut into circles or ovals (Note LOVE letters on tags).


ASSEMBLY: 14" Wire Wreath Frame, Matching ribbons in varying widths, White Sheer ribbon, Hot Glue Gun, Pop Dots (optional).


ARRANGE: decorated hearts around wreath. NOTE:  2 Sm. Lamp Hearts act like one ExL Heart. "February Heart" is clustered together with matching themed hearts. Tie Decorated Hearts with Sheer White Ribbon. Apply dot of Hot Glue to frame where heart touches.


REPEAT WITH PATIENCE: Truly this is a project where you must add one element at a time holding the wreath away from you to see if placement appeals to you. NOTE: Sm. Hearts are used as fillers to hide any spots where frame is showing.


By recreating Valentines on cut out hearts, the wreath has a co-cohesive feel to it that just placing uncut images would not provide.


Folded Valentines often have go-together images such as these adorable lamps. LOVE THEM!


OMGosh! This is such a fun and easy project to make, and I hope you will!



Please do not Pin pattern on Pinterest





71 comments:

Betty said...

love your idea for vintage valentines-so cute and cheery.

E said...

I love these wreaths you create I'd love a kit (?) !!! E

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful valentines wreath! I would love that kit.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful valentines wreath! I would love that kit.

Debby said...

I'd love a kit. Can we purchase one. That wreath is so adorable.

superstitches said...

Would love that kit. Where do you find your vintage images?

Sandy said...

Oh E! This is so cute!!!! I just love how you think of these things!!!! I am sure you could sell these kits all over the place! I have to get out of Christmas mode and into Valentines mode! :)

Teresa said...

How cute is that wreath! Love the way you're able to show so many cute graphics at once. I'd love to try my hand at the wreath. Have a good day.

Sandy said...

E,
Can you [point me to the site where they have the new "old" lights? Sandy

Shirley Hatfield said...

I always feel greedy jumpin' in on the giveaway bandwagon...but I just came over here after seeing the wreath on Pinterest...it's so sweet it almost makes my teeth ache. So put my name in the bowl. =D

Amy Jo said...

Oh I would love a kit! It is so cute!!

Blessings,
Amy Jo

chris mckinley said...

Looks like a fun project!! I'd love the have a kit to get started!

chris

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is just adorable, Elizabeth! You always find the cutest and sweetest images to use in your projects. I was just looking at some Valentine's images today to get ready to make things for my Etsy shop.

Robin Sanchez said...

Your paper wreath is so dang cute!! In fact I love everything that you make. Your projects are always cut and sewn to perfection - neatness does count.

Just want to say too that I love your pink afghan....and you can crochet too?

I would be honored to receive your wreath kit!!

Robin
onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com

Tammy's in Love said...

Goodness sakes! The Christmas red glitter rides again! I love these little raised card wreaths, I may try to do snowmen! Five inches fell over night and through the morning here in MN!

Anonymous said...

I would love a kit! I love your blog and have created several things you've highlighted in your posts. The first thing I made was the gingerbread man. He's out on a shelf right now. He makes me smile every time I look at him :)
ohbecs@gmail.com
Thank you for considering me!
Becky

sonia tatum said...

What a beautiful wreath!! I would love the kit.

Mamacessories said...

Oh I love this wreath! I would love a chance to win this, but if I am not the lucky one - I will study the picture to make one! You are so clever!
Thank you!
Maria

Mary Steinbrink said...

What an adorable wreath! I would love to make one!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh goodness!! This is so adorable! I was just wanting to go do some crafting for Valentine's day too! I would love your cute little kit! You're so generous! :) Hugs, Holly

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You make every holiday fun! I mentioned you on my blog today! I showed something I made...and on the shelf is something you made, too! Hugs!

Jenny's Heart said...

I am home sick today and this post just made me feel so much better. You know how Ilove hearts and your wreath is adorable! X's& O's

Denise said...

YEAH ! I now know how to make these thanks to you.Did you ever take a peek at the one I made that you gave Me? Wonderful fun for craft lovers.Happy New year Elizabeth ! ox

Celestial Charms said...

Such a wonderful Valentine's wreath. You know, I'm addicted to making these now! Each holiday, will have a wreath represented, for sure. I'm on the lookout for various images and cards, as we speak. Thanks for sharing the instructions with us!
Maureen

MissShapes said...

I was just thinking I had to make one of these when I saw that you are giving away a kit!! I would be soo tickled to win. I love your creations!

Carrie P. said...

I love vintage valentines and the wreath is such a fabulous idea. Thanks for a chance to win a kit. I am pretty new to your blog and I just love what you do.

LindaSonia said...

Oh my I'd love to make a sweet wreath like this and to have a kit with all the embellishments would be awesome!!

LindaSonia said...

This is LindaSonia again - forgot to leave my email in my previous post: baddabinda@yahoo.com

VintageBettys said...

If you have any kits left I would love one...Where can I purchase it!I'm so lucky I already have a wreath to put them on...

Sandy said...

E,
If you are putting names in a hat please include mine! :)

I am anxious to see those Christmas bulbs...:)

Kim K. said...

You've been so generous with me in the past, I just want to say that I'm excited to see your latest Valentine creation. I visited Target today and their dollar bins are filled with all sorts of Valentine trims. Can't wait to get my craft room cleaned up to start new projects!!

cheryl said...

What a generous give-away! I would love the chance to recreate one of your sweet as can be crafts! Cheryl in North Dakota

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I always appreciate you sharing your craft/decorating ideas and this Valentine wreath is so sweet! After I'm done painting the living room walls, I think it's time to start some Valentine creating!
Happy New Year, elizabeth!
Warmly,
deb

Eileen said...

One of my favorite movies is Paper Moon with Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. I love the Inkspots singing "It's Only a Paper Moon", and my dear old Mum who I miss every day of my life sang this song while she ironed.If I don't get picked for the kit, at least tell me where I can get ahold of some vintage valentines. I just love this stuff you make. It makes me happy.

Eileen said...

One of my favorite movies is Paper Moon with Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. I love the Inkspots singing "It's Only a Paper Moon", and my dear old Mum who I miss every day of my life sang this song while she ironed.If I don't get picked for the kit, at least tell me where I can get ahold of some vintage valentines. I just love this stuff you make. It makes me happy.

Heckofarush said...

I would love a kit....so cute!

DOUBLE D said...

So cute,I would love to have a kit..

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Adorable wreath!

Sissyfox said...

Elizabeth,

You may have just solved a little problem for me. This year I finally made one of wreaths with the ball ornaments. I couldn't find enough pink ones, so I made one with the bright primary colors with silver and gold mixed in. My husband LOVES it, and he asked if we could leave up even though all other Christmas has been put away.
What could I say?

Now, I can say "Look at this pretty Valentine wreath I made. Maybe we can put it up in place of
the Christmas one". What can he say? :)

carla said...

Hi!!! This is so sweet!!! I would love the vintage card kit!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

A Little Creation said...

I was in the craft store today looking for cute vitage"y" valentine paper to use for the swap over at Erica's Golden Egg Vintage.
Chris=]

Trudy Moye said...

This is so cute. I love, love, love vintage valentines. I have to make this. You have the best ideas.

Pieceful Bits said...

Add me to the long list :)

I love how you know how to put items together: color, style, etc.
(~~)
J

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Never a dull crafting day with you. Adorable wreath and can't believe you are on to Valentine's Day already...I am ALMOST done putting my Christmas away..phew!

ginny said...

Elizabeth love your tutorials.Also thanks for the perfectly perfect heart shaped template.My sister and I are going to give this project a go on Sunday.
We have more fun together crafting your projects.We did the Whitman Sampler ornaments for a pre-Christmas get together.Soo much fun that my sister spent 2 nights over instead of one.
Thanks for my our days brighter.

kathy said...

Thank you so much for the instructions for the heart wreath.I have started thinking of making one based on your christmas wreath. I'd definitely love to win your kit.

kathy said...

Thank you so much for the instructions for the heart wreath.I have started thinking of making one based on your christmas wreath. I'd definitely love to win your kit.

RetroSandie said...

Too late to get in on the draw, E! But your wreath is beautiful and such a cute idea! I don't have many old Valentines so I guess I will have to scour the 'net for images to print and cut. I love Valentines, too, and don't know why I never collected them. Geez, I think I would need a MANSION to hold all of the things I would like to collect!!!!
Hope you are well...
Hugs, Sandie

vivian said...

OH!! Im too late! your kit would have been perfect for me. Everything you do is just so colorful and pristine! and you have the best grapics and valentines. You must have a really great printer.
Well, anyways, that is just freaken adorable my friend!
xoxo
vivian

Jacqueline said...

You are like my magical spark plug! You jump started me into February! Ha ha...I should write valentines tag lines for a living!
Happy New Year Elizabeth. Happy to be back in your world breathing creative with you.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Miss E,
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving the nice comment. It reminded me to look for the pause button again. I really needed that today because I am feeling so stressed and overwhelmed, just one of those days. I must say that popping over to leave this note for you and seeing all the beautiful vintage valentines things did truly cheer me up, even if just for a little while. So thank you for that! Have a wonderful weekend my sweet friend. I know you can relate to the overwhelmed thing because your brain also goes a million miles a minute at times, and you also have other responsibilities to deal with as well.
Big hugs,
Julie

A Vintage Fairy said...

I would love to make a wreath like that!!

Ina said...

I love it! That would be so cute to hang anywhere. You are so creative! ;p

E said...
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LBP said...

lOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! This is one that I think I could be able to do!

Blessings

Linda

Liveandlearn78 said...

Elizabeth, all I can say is WOW! You are an amazingly talented woman. Do you by chance have PDF copies of the valentines you used? I adore the lamps. How darling.

Nan said...

I'm catching up on posts. I love your Valentine wreath and I could do this I actually have in the basement one of those wire frames doing nothing which is now calling my name. I have also on hand lots of Valentines printed off the computer of vintage images.

My Vintage Mending said...

Absolutely gorgeous...I can imagine this on your front door or gracing the walls of your craft room. Smiles..Renee

Patti said...

Oh how wonderful this wreath is! How fun and easy to make. Thank you E for showing us how to make it. I can only think of you when I see it!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Too absolutely wonderful!!!!

VintageBettys said...

Lucky girl Jenny :)

GardenofDaisies said...

What a wonderfully sweet valentine wreath! Super cute. I'm always so inspired by the crafts you share with us.

Carole said...

What a cute idea for vintage cards that you want to keep and display. Thanks for sharing the process. :-)

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Oh my goodness...I love this wreath. I am very excited to have a Cricut (Christmas present form my Husband) I am really going to dive into so me of these projects this year! I favored many vintage Valentine's on Etsy...hum. Need to go look again!
Karen

The Custards said...

Gosh - a plethora of Valentine richness! I have about one old card I think and that is all! I shall have to have a think to 'up my game' - ho ho
Best wishes for 2013
Jenny

Penni Eagan said...

Oh Soooo Cute!!! I'd buy a kit. I would love to give one to the love of my life!!!

Home Sweet Home Place said...

I am so confused! The "tag sheet" you speak of....is it a printable? Where do we get one? I just love this wreath and I have got all my hearts done but when I went to print out tags...I searched your ENTIRE site and couldn't find the tag sheet!!! Am I missing something?
Thank you!!! Love everything you do/make/write!!

Jill said...

This is the first time I've visited - i love that wreath!! I'm going to pin it! Wish I could find some cintage Valentines!

AmieAnn said...

Holy Goodness! This has to be my favorite Valentine wreath EVER! You are a valentine rock star!
I am your newest follower~
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Sue said...

I adore your wreath! Now I just need to find some vintage valentines...

Shan @ Design Gal said...

I love your wreath! I hope you don't mind that I posted about it on my blog today - don't worry, I linked back to you! :) I really enjoy your site!