Learn How to Make an Unromantic Valentine’s Day Decoration
Aaaah, Valentine’s Day… romance, flowers, chocolates, date nights, high expectations. When I was a kid I remember my parents giving us Valentine’s day treats and gifts every year. My parents are still really sweet about sending my kids cards and treats for every occasion. In our house, we don’t buy each other Valentine’s gifts, and we don’t get the kids special treats. I might make pancakes in heart shapes for dinner, but that’s it. Back in my earlier days of blogging, I used to decorate a little more for Valentine’s day, because that’s just what bloggers did… However, it never came naturally to me because it wasn’t very me. I will say, I think the most “me” like Valentine’s Day project I ever shared was Lord of the Rings inspired Valentines I made for Sawyer’s class- they were creepy and humorous! When I was invited to be part of a Valentine’s Day decor hop this year, I decided I could do it on my own terms and infuse much more of my personality into this holiday. With that in mind, I created a sarcastic Valentine’s Day banner, perfect for my home and style. Today I am going to teach you how to make an unromantic Valentine’s Day Decoration so you can take this holiday and make it yours. At the end of this post, you will find several other bloggers sharing their own Valentine’s Day projects as well. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Step 1: Brainstorm
When I signed up for this hop, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a sarcastic banner for over our bed. I loved having the “Sleighin’ It” banner for the holidays, and I wanted something else to make me laugh. I recently received a Cricut Maker which makes creating banners so much less time consuming, and SO easy. One of the main reasons I wanted the Maker was for banner making. I love coming up with my own quirky sayings that I haven’t seen anywhere else and making those for my home. As a #4 individualist on the enneagram, I crave having things and coming up with things that no one else has… I just can’t help myself. The first step in my process to come up with a banner was brainstorming. I sat down and wrote down several ideas and I am going to share them here as well as remarks on why they didn’t make the final cut. (pun intended.) However, I will say that brainstorming is one of the most fun steps in this process. Tap into what makes YOU laugh and smile, and what you would want to see over your bed every day. This post isn’t here so you can just make the same banner, although I do not mind if you do. In fact, if you have a Cricut, you can grab it here. What I would really love for you to do is to dig into that dark and humorous side of your own brain and see what you can unearth. Anyhow, here are the ideas that I came up with. Most of them were passed on because they aren’t really appropriate for this blog, yet here I am sharing the idea with you anyhow on this blog. Why? Because they made me laugh and I hope they do that for you, too.
- Big Spoon Little Spoon
- Ugh, I have a headache
- Ask me again tomorrow
- Not today, husband (Like the Not today, Satan ones I have seen.)
- MY SIDE (in huge letters) your side (tiny letters).
- I have my period
- She’s the cheese and I’m the macaroni (Any Beastie Boys fans out there?)
There you have it… all of my appropriate and inappropriate banner ideas. You’re welcome. I chose one of the cleaner ones, “MY SIDE your side.”
Step 2: Cutting the banner
Back in December, I shared how to make hand cut banners in case you don’t have a machine, like I did not at the time. Since then, I received my very own Cricut Maker, and cutting letters out became a bajillion times easier. If you are someone who could see yourself making a new banner for each season, or other cut paper, leather, vinyl and even wood decorations, I can’t recommend this particular machine enough. Now all I have to do is create my design on the computer, grab my material and load it into the machine, and then tell the machine to do its thing… and voila, I have cut letters! You can read much more about the actual process here where I shared my front door vinyl.
Step 3: Putting the banner together
There are several ways you can put your actual banner together. You could sew the letters together with thread and sewing machine, you could punch holes and string them along, or you could do what I did for this particular banner and that is hot glue them. I chose this method because my cardstock was a little thin and I just thought it would hold up the best. I started by placing the very last letter of the banner upside down, adding hot glue, and placing embroidery floss on top of the glue. After it cooled a little I pressed it down, and added more glue on top to seal the floss inside.
Step 4: Hang the banner and admire your work
Once you’re done gluing, you can go ahead and hang your banner and declare that 3/4 of the bed is, in fact, yours! And if your partner really loves you, they’ll totally support that and stay on their sliver. How is that for romance? (By the way, I shot this banner 3 separate times and for some reason it just kept coming out a little out of focus so I apologize for that.) Although this banner is not your traditional lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day decor, it’s pretty much perfect for us. Sarcasm is very much our love language. I would love to hear what your above the bed banner would say? Drop me a comment and make me smile!
Check Out These Great Valentine’s Day Projects!
Valentine’s Day Craft – My 100 Year Old Home // Dollar Store Valentine’s Day Decor – Craftberry Bush // DIY Valentine’s Day Pillow – The DIY Mommy // Baked Valentine’s Day Donuts – Inspiration For Moms
Paper Heart Treat Bags – Sincerely Marie Designs // Valentine’s Charcuterie Board – Town and Country Living // Valentine’s Day Stationery – The Handmade Home // Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow – Two Twenty One
Valentine’s Decorating Ideas for Your Home – Wildflower Home Blog // DIY Valentine’s Day Decor – She Gave It A Go // Valentine’s Table Setting – Hallstrom Home // Unromantic Valentine’s Day Decor – Cassie Bustamante
Simple Valentine’s Day Porch – Modern Glam // Valentine Paper Medallion Mantel – Tatertots & Jello // Easy Valentine Garland – Twelve on Main // Valentine Project – The Tattered Pew // Valentine’s Day Tablescape – Jennifer Maune
Fortune Cookie Recipe – Happy Happy Nester // Dairy Free Linzer Cookies – Zevy Joy // Valentine’s Day Table Setting – Sanctuary Home Decor // Valentine’s Day Desserts – Life Is Better At Home // Galentine’s Day Ideas – Pink Peppermint Design
Printable Valentine’s Day Decor – The Happy Housie // DIY Valentine’s — Finding Lovely // Floral Heart Printable – A Blue Nest // Valentine’s Day Printable – Lolly Jane // Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Art of Everyday Living