Well, it’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day and I finished my little side table decor! So I guess I can enjoy it for a week right? Well, next year all I will have to do is take my crafts out of storage and I can enjoy them the whole time! But I know I’ll make some more stuff too. The little space behind my side table where my Valentine’s decorations are needed a little “oomph” as it was completely blank wall so I had the Valentines Craft Idea to make another garland!
To Get Your Craft On You Will Need:
Pennants (I got these adorable wooden ones with the side finishing from Pick Your Plum for $4 but you can make your own pennants like I did here.)
Fabric ribbon (I found the one without wire worked best.)
Vinyl Stencils (If you don’t have a cutting tool you can buy Plaid peel and stick stencils like the ones I used here.)
The little pennant’s came in a pack of 4 so I knew I could either do X’s and O’s or LOVE. Because I already had the paper mache X’s and O’s there I thought it would be too much for more so went with LOVE.
To Get Your Craft On Do This:
First I threaded the ribbon through the little heart shaped cut outs, shoving them along the ribbon and adding the next pennant until they were all evenly spaced. I guesstimated (That’s scientific, right?) how wide my table was and then once all four of the pennants were on I measured the pennant against the table to make sure it would fit and adjusted as needed. I used a red ribbon with little white hearts for a fun Valentine’s look.
Next I used my Silhouette to cut out 4 inch letters in Vintage font and I peeled the excess vinyl from around the letter, making a stencil. You can use contact paper to make a stencil as well but I like that the vinyl sticks to the surface and forms a seal to make a great stencil. I saved the letters and stored them with my extra vinyl and I’m sure I can use them for something else. I placed the vinyl on each pennant where I wanted the letter to go and was ready to paint.
I used a little sponge to dab the black paint in the stencil area. I tend to be a bit heavy handed when painting but really, less is more when stencil painting so that it dries cleanly and no smearing.
The key is to let this paint dry completely! I tried using this method of stenciling with the vinyl before and used too much paint and didn’t let it dry all the way. I was too eager to pull the stencil back and see how it turned out and because the paint wasn’t dry I made an absolute mess! Worse than a kid. This time I let the paint dry and when I peeled the stencils back it worked beautifully!
I wanted a hand painted look for this Valentines craft idea rather than the vinyl (even though I love my vinyl!) and I love the way the vintage letters and paint look on the wood pennant! It was the perfect finishing touch to my side table. Maybe I can do with my Valentine’s decorations what some do with their Christmas decorations and leave them up a few extra months.
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