Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cute, Easy, and Cheap

After I typed the title to this post, I thought, "Hmmm, you could get a TOTALLY different meaning from that, if you you catch my drift...But I'm not going to change it. I promised some cute, easy and cheap Valentine's crafts so that what you are gonna get!!

I made them all with stuff I had at home. The only thing I bought was a 1 dollar scrapbook pack from Target. I love Target's dollar spot! If you haven't already seen them, around every holiday they have coordinating scrapbook supplies, ribbon, paper, stickers etc. For Valentine's there was a pack with punch out tags, borders, and frames. I used them for most of the things I am going to show you. Here is some of the stuff in the pack. And that is after I raided it for my projects. You get a ton of stuff for a buck!

I didn't use them on this first craft though. I have some tall glass jars that I wanted to fill with something Valentine-y. I thought about hearts, like I used on my topiary, but I wanted to do something different. I thought about conversation hearts, but I don't really like them (I only like the orange and yellow ones for some reason) and they are tall and it would take A LOT of conversation hearts to fill them! That's when I got the idea to use paper. I got some scrapbook paper, rolled it up, stuck it in, and tied a ribbon around the top! Done! Fastest "project" ever! And I love how it looks. The pictures don't do it justice. It is really cute. And if you don't have tall jars already, I know the dollar store has some tall vases that are about the same size that would work great as well. And how easy is that to change for each holiday? Cheap too!

For my next project I used pink, white, and red card stock, the border strips and circle frames from the Target pack, a brown ink pad, and a glue stick. Oh, and some frames in random sizes from the dollar store. (I am starting to realize how much I shop there!) The frames have been hanging up in my home for awhile now. They hang over some shelves and usually have the word Family in them. (I'll have to show that later!) So here is my Valentine twist for them.

I cut card stock to fit each frame. I cut the border strips to make X's and used the largest circle frames for O's. I inked the edges of them all with a brown ink pad, glued them on the card stock and put them in the frame.

And here they are on my wall. So cute! And once again, the picture doesn't do them justice. So, once again, cute, easy, and cheap. It only took me about half an hour to get it all done.

For my last cute, easy, and cheap project. I took some ceramic tiles we have leftover from a bathroom remodel. If you don't have them, they honestly are like 25 cents each at Home Depot.

Here is what I made...

For this one I took some hearts and wrapped embroidery floss around them, and hand wrote the Love You. I stuck them on the tile using adhesive foam squares so they would pop out more. Tie a ribbon on top and done. Only took about 10 minutes. It was so fast I decided to make more!

For this one I used more punch outs from Target, slid the ribbon through them, glued the ribbon to the back with E6000. Done. Less than 5 minutes on that one. So I'm gonna do another one! Just because I can!

Once again, some punch outs from the Target pack. This time I used my trusty Mod Podge to put them on. I used glossy since the tiles are glossy. A good trick I have found with Mod Podge and paper is to use a credit card to smooth out the bubbles. I keep a used up gift card in my craft room just for that purpose. Let her dry, add some more ribbon and that one is done too! Way easy.

Well, I think my house is done being decked out for Valentine's, so unless I find something else that I totally love, I'm done with the Valentine's stuff and will move on to other things! You guys are going to think that is all I know how do to! I am planning on painting my craft room this week and will have some fun stuff to show from that. So stayed tuned for more!

P.S. THANK YOU so much for all the awesome comments! I love reading them! If you ask a question I will answer it as a comment. But keep them coming! I love them!


I linked the post to Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design.


  1. oh wow!!! i love it all!
    i really need more valentines goodies for my home! you have inspired me!
    many blessings

  2. I love your ideas! I even have a few tiles lying around the garage as well that I could experiment with. Thanks!

  3. Love the XOXO picture frames! Such a cute idea. And picture frames are ALWAYS good for something right!

  4. Great Valentines decor. Love the XO pictures, so cute!

  5. I clicked over from U create. You've got great ideas for Valentines. :) I saw in one of your post that you have a sillouette. I really want to get one but haven't yet. I don't know of anyone that has one- so I was glad to see it on your blog. How do you like yours?

  6. Bowie Bunch,
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Silhouette. I use it all the time. I love that you can cut any True Type font that's on your computer without having to buy cartridges. I also love that you can download individual shapes, so you don't end up buying a bunch you won't use to get the one you want. I highly recommend it!

  7. Thanks! I liked that it can cut any true type font, too. :)

  8. How cute! I really like the Xs and Os, that is a neat idea.

  9. I found your blog via ucreate. Love the xoxo picture frames....such a great idea!


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