Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentine Potpourri craft

Valentine's craft and giveaway
I thought I'd share a craft I used to make, and have since resurrected! LOL

Here's what you'll need:
Wide lace (you can use "off the bolt" lace fabric, but I just found this 6 inch wide flat lace trim),
Two different sizes white lace eyelet, I had 1 inch and 1.2 inch, but you can use any TWO DIFFERENT sizes you wish.
About a yard each.
oh yes, and potpourri and hot glue gun and glue sticks!

See that wire? I got mine in the gardent dept of Michael's. I was really wanting the thick coated (white) wires, but they didn't have 'em at Michael's, Joann's or Walmart. I KNOW I used to use the white ones. I saw thin ones, but don't waste your time on those! LOL

On the eyelet, there's a "casing" at the top where it's gathered. Run the wire "stick" through this. Some have cotton casings, this one just had net-type - which is why I really wanted that white wire! LOL



Run it the whole length of the wire "stick"












Leave enough ends of the wire exposed (for twisting together later)


























Join the ends. You could shape into a heart before joining the ends if you're brave. But I found the best way to do it is join the ends first, then shape into a heart.....
















Then when you make the back heart (the one that has the larger lace) you can shape it to the form of the heart you first made.
















Now you're going to make a "lace sandwich". Don't worry about cutting out a heart shape of the lace, just lay some down and glue. You can trim later.















See?















Now do this for both hearts.


NOTE: I usually put in a little "give" to the top heart. You're going to be "stuffing" with potpourri so you want it to be able to hold it, right? LOL. If you don't know what I mean, just ask. I'll be happy to try to confuse you more. (giggle)
























Hot glue the two hearts together, leaving a small opening to stuff the pot pourri through, then glue the opening closed.

You're basically done now, but here's the fun part...Figuring out how you want to decorate it. I had trouble deciding....

I tried rose buds, I tried 1/4 inch satin ribbon and couldn't decide where to put it! LOL
Then I finally decided on some shear organza ribbon....

And glued a small rinestone in the middle of the bow.
OH! I just glued a loop of ribbon on the back for a hanger.

These make great Valentines. But, you could also do these as favors. I did this one year using roses from bouquets we had at a memorable event to pass out to all the girl cousins in my family.

Hope you enjoy! If you make these, please take pics and send me a link...I'd love to see yours!

31 comments:

  1. Aw, that's really cute :) I might have to give em a try!!

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  2. Oooh I think I've got everything I need to make this!

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  3. That turned out really pretty. I think it's difficult to find good Valentine's day crafts--maybe that's just me!

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  4. Wow -- this was a lot easier than I thought! I love glue-gunning :D

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  5. Hey Jeanette,
    This is so pretty...thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I still want to make some of those victorian purse ornaments that you did a tutorial on too! It's on my list of things I want to make this year. You are so creative. :)

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  6. great tutorial jeanette, keep em coming!

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  7. Cute cute...with great instructions too!

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  8. I would love to win one!! They are lovely like all the crafts you make. I wish I was craftier!

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  9. I follow blog.

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  10. your button is on my blog; http://fredamans.blogspot.com

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  11. tweet; http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/8283468219

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  12. Hi Jeanette,
    I just wanted to stop by to say "HI" and to thank you for your visit and comment at A Petite Cottage... and what do I find? A wonderful Valetine's craft idea...Love, love, love it. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial with us...This project is definitely something I would love to make, but even better would love to win...LOL I would love to be included in your giveaway...Thank you. Anyway, I do hope you enjoyed your visit at my blog as much as I did at yours...Can't wait to see more. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Smiles,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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  13. Hi Jeanette,
    Me again...I just became a follower. Yay! Have a nice day.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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  14. Hi Jeanette,
    Me again, again...LOL Just wanted you to know that I grabbed your cute little button too. You can find it on my blog's sidebar, scrolling under "Sweet Places To Visit" Thank you.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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  15. Adorable. I have never made one. Will have to try now. Thanks.

    Thanks for linking up.

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  16. Very pretty - You did a great job! I bet it smells good!

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  17. Way cute...thanks for sharing!

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  18. Ooooh pick me pick me please! I'm a follower and I have your button on my side bar.....ummmm what else was it? Oh yeah, I'll go blog about it right now. THanks for sharing the tutorial. Hugs Naomi

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  19. Love your site and this heart. I am going to give it a whirl. Thanks for showing us how to do this. Hugs, Lia

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  20. Cute heart and lovely blog!! I will definitely give it a try ....

    Till the next visit!

    Have a wonderful day,

    Saskia

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  21. So pretty, thanks for sharing your technique :)

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  22. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

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  23. I love this project. Thanks for submitting it to Trendy Treehouse! We will be in touch.

    Thanks again,
    Tara
    Trendy Treehouse

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  26. I love this, glad you went down memory road! xo
    Theresa via DearCreatives.com

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