Valentine’s Day Decor-Love Letters All Year Long

I confess. I don’t decorate my home for Valentine’s Day. I know! Shame, shame! Honestly, I did good to put up a Christmas tree this year! I used to go all out with seasonal decorating but in the last few years, I’ve really let go of that. Wanna know something? I am so much happier! Because of my new, relaxed approach to decorating, I’ve found ways to stretch decor from one season to another, one holiday to the next. The project I’m sharing with you today is a fun, inexpensive way to decorate for Valentine’s Day and keep the love letters flowing all year!

Did I mention, I am a lover of love letters {say that three times fast!}? Finding a hand written note just warms my little heart! Dry erase boards make it really easy to leave a quick note. As much as I like finding them, I really enjoy leaving them! They aren’t always sappy love notes! It’s fun to make the quick connections with my husband or kiddos and often I’ll just leave silly one-liners or write something that will trigger a fun memory.  My daughter, who is grown and too many states away, told me the other day how much she misses my little notes. Even when she was in high school, I’d sneak notes into her lunch. My boys are the opposite, in fact, they object to lunch notes of any kind at this point. So, I leave them notes around the house instead! They don’t say it, but I know they like it!

 So, here’s what I started with. This frame was a yard sale find from last summer. I think I bought a whole box of frames for $5! If you don’t have a frame laying around, and you don’t want to hunt around thrift stores for cheap ones, Walmart has simple wooden frames for under $5 all the time.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

I already had all for this project, with the exception of the red roses, which I picked up this morning at Hobby Lobby for 30% off. Scrapbook paper works great for 8×10 sized frames. You just cut the paper to size and insert it like you would a photo. If you have a larger frame, you can use fabric instead of paper here. I use Aileens Tacky Spray and adhere the fabric to the cardboard backing when I go that route, so it doesn’t bunch up under the glass. Whether you use paper or fabric, remember you’ll be writing over it so choose a lighter color.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

I dry brushed the frame with Benjamin Moore’s Mascarpone and Wiemaranar, both mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder, distressed it and gave it a coat of clear.  Once it was all dry I simply reassembled the frame.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

For the roses, I used strips of muslin and burlap. Each strip was about 2 1/2 inches wide and probably 12-16 inches long. The longer your fabric is the bigger your flower will be. I start by rolling the fabric around itself a few times to get a “bud” started.  Use a dot of hot glue along the way to keep it together.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

When it gets to this point, you’ll twist then tuck the fabric underneath the bud you’ve created.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

I switch my hold at this point. Instead of gripping the bud in the center, I hold onto the outside with my thumb in the center so I can spin as I twist and tuck.  Just keep twisting and tucking, using hot glue to keep it all in place until you reach the end or reach the desired size. You’ll have this excess left over.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Just fold it under and hot glue it down.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

From here, you’ll want to arrange them and glue them onto a piece of felt. Trim away the excess but don’t stress about the back, it won’t be seen. 

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Now you could just hot glue it onto the frame but I like to use velcro so when the next season rolls around, I can change it up! If you have velcro made for fabric you can skip the next step. Just adhere your velcro pads and stick it to the frame! Mine was not made for fabric so I had to hot glue it to the arrangement. To make sure I had it aligned properly, I stuck the rough side of the velcro to the glass and barely sit the fluffy side on top. Then I put the arrangement where I wanted it and pressed down. I carefully peeled the velcro pads away from each other then hot glued the pad to the back.

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Ready for love letters!!!

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Without the key :) Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

Valentine's Day Decor-Dry Erase Board by A to Z Custom Creations

I like to use an easel but you can hang these too! Super easy! I’d love to see what you create! Feel free to share your pics with me! 

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Comments

  1. I love this!! And I absolutely adore your flowers!! I need to make some!! I am afraid that it will start a whole new obsession for me though!! But man it’s pretty… I’m headed for my fabric scraps now!! Thank you!!

    • Thank you Lori!! You are going to LOVE making these!! They really are so easy and they are so pretty! The beauty is that each one takes on it’s own shape and has it’s own character! So, yea…if you are like me, you’ll likely become obsessed! Try it with colorful floral fabric! AMAZING!!! I wear them too btw…clipped on jackets or hats or in my hair! ;) Obsessed.

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