Making Valentine Jewelry: 7 Sugary Sweet Ideas

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is dressing for the occasion. Whether I’m donning my clover headband for St. Patrick’s Day or piling on the pastels for Easter, I always like showing my holiday spirit through my clothes and accessories. With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, it’s finally time to start planning my red and pink! I don’t have many Valentine’s jewelry pieces in my collection, so I thought this would be the perfect time to craft something new.

Valentine Craft Ideas You Can Wear

These Lacy Heart Earrings are just what I need to complete my Valentine’s Day attire! With their red color and subtle heart shape, they’ll definitely get me in the holiday spirit. I love the intricate filigree details in these pretty heart pendants. They’re like tiny Valentines I can wear! I think I’ll be my own Valentine this year and gift myself this adorable DIY Valentine craft.

 

If you’re spending this special day with your sweetheart, you’re going to want to look your best. This Chocolate Covered Cherry Hearts Necklace is the perfect date night accessory. The colors are a bit more muted for a more sophisticated look, so you could definitely wear this out to a fancy dinner. The layered beads and chunky gold chain are fashionable but fun. I’d pair this with a solid black top or dress to really let the necklace stand out.

 

For all the single ladies out there, Valentine’s day is always a good excuse to get together with your girlfriends! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a girls’ night in and plan a fun Valentine’s craft you can all make together? I think this Valentine’s Beaded Heart Jewelry would make a fun party project. With a variety of ribbons, you’re all sure to come up with something different. Try using Swarovski crystal beads for some extra sparkle. No reason you can’t pamper yourself on Valentine’s day!

 

If you have to work on Valentine’s Day (like me), dressing up at the office is always a fun way to subtly celebrate. Crafts like this Wired Heart Pin or this Faux Metal Heart Necklace are good options if you’re looking for heart-themed jewelry, or if you just want to add a touch of pink to your outfit, you could try the Love on a Wire Bracelet or Right Angle Weave Cocktail Ring. Pieces like these will help you feel the Valentine’s Day love without going too overboard.

 

There is even more inspiration for Valentine jewelry over at AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com to get your creative juices flowing. It’s time to start on all your Valentine craft projects, because February 14th will be here before we know it!

So what are you crafting in preparation for Valentine’s Day? Do you dress up and decorate for the holiday?

Announcing: FaveCrafts Annual Valentine’s Day Card Swap!

If you were a regular FaveCrafts reader last year, you may remember our Valentine’s Day card swap. It was a huge success, and everyone had such a great time making cards and swapping them with other FaveCrafts readers. So we decided to make it an annual event! Here are the cards I made last year:

If you’ve never heard of swapping before, here’s what it’s all about: Everyone who participates is assigned a partner to send to, and someone is assigned to send to you. Then every swap participant makes/buys/procures the item to be swapped. For our swap, it’s homemade Valentine’s cards. Once you receive your swap partner’s address, you send them a homemade card, and you’ll get one from someone else in return.

I’m excited to “meet” a few readers by sending and receiving cards from you! It’s so much fun to receive homemade Valentines in the mail, and I can’t wait to get more this year.
Want to start swapping? Here’s how:

  1. Register for an account on swap-bot.com. It’s free!
  2. Once your account is set up, go to our swap page here. It’s called “FaveCrafts Valentine’s Card Swap 2.”
  3. Click “Join Swap.” The last day to join is February 1, 2012.
  4. You will be randomly assigned a partner to make a card for. Make sure that it’s homemade in some way!
  5. You will be notified via email when your partner has been assigned to you. Once you receive your partner’s name and address, send your card to them. Please have your card in the mail by February 11, 2012. Please don’t disappoint your partner by neglecting to send a card to them, or sending it late.
  6. Then wait patiently by the mailbox for your Valentine to arrive!

Any questions? Contact us for more info! Now who’s excited to start swapping?

Last Minute Valentine’s Fun and eBooks

Valentine’s Day is almost here, you have three days left to come up with something crafty for your loved one. Be sure you check out all these eBooks for some great ideas for your loved ones and children.

21 Valentine Crafts Ideas for Kids eBook from FaveCrafts

Create Knitted Gifts for Valentine’s Day from AllFreeKnitting

Free Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects from AllFreeSewing

Last Minute Valentine Gifts: Crochet for that Special Someone from AllFreeCrochet

Get creative, get crafty and show that special someone just how much you care about them. Homemade gifts are the best presents anyone can get.

How to: Make Sequin Heart Earrings

If you’re a regular Link Love reader (or craft blogosphere lurker) you know that heart themed crafts are HUGE right now, and sequins are the new glitter. First I showed you Grosgrain’s sequin heart shoe clip tutorial, and then I found Rae Gun Ramblings’ sequin heart headband. I was completely smitten with these ideas, so I knew I had to put my spin on it. I just bought some earring-making supplies last week (of course I braved the Snowpocalypse to go to the craft store!) so I decided to make sequin heart earrings. The tutorial is obviously heavily influenced by the two aforementioned projects, but I figured I’d show you how I did it.

  1. I drew a heart on some card stock scraps and cut it out to use as a template.
  2. Then I cut out two hearts from some scraps of red felt I already had (leftover from my sewn Valentines!)
  3. I hot-glued strings of red sequins to each of the hearts, making sure to cover the entire felt piece. I just went in a random zig-zag design, since the pieces were so small.

  4. When both hearts were done, I attached the earring backs. First I added a jump ring onto each earring back, and then I hot-glued the jump ring to the back of the heart, covering it up with a smaller piece of felt to keep it secure. I’m sure there’s a better way to do this, but it was my very first time making jewelry!

Et voila! The earrings are done!

And in case you’re curious about what my ear lobe looks like, here’s the earring in action:

21 Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects

January is almost at a close and I don’t know about you, but it seems to me this month has flown by! The next special holiday we have to look forward to is Valentine’s Day and since it’s right around the corner, now is the time to start making crafts.  As the editor of AllFreeSewing.com, I’ve put together a collection of some of the best Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects out there. Whether you’re looking to make something for your spouse or your child, something to hang across the fireplace or to collect paper Valentines, we’ve got a project for you.

Valentine’s Day is all about showing your loved ones that you care. What better to do that than by gifting them with homemade treats and crafts from your heart to theirs? (Well, definitely include a lot of candy in the gift too!)

It’s only a few short weeks away so don’t forget to start crafting for V-Day!

Here’s a peek into the collection. To see all the projects check out 21 Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects.

Decorations

Valentines Mail Pouch Tutorial: Every child needs a special place to put all their collected Valentines.

Gifts

Romantic Ruffled Bracelet: Make this for a friend or yourself! It’s beautiful and will look great on date night.

Games

Felt Heart Memory Game: The kids will love playing with this festive Valentine’s Day game.

What do you plan on making for your Valentine this year?

How to: Make Sewn Valentines

Have you ever tried sewing on paper before? It’s surprisingly very easy, and I love the way it looks to combine traditional paper crafts with sewing! Dana from Made has a simple tutorial on quilted notecards, which is what inspired me to try it. I also used this tutorial for inspiration.

I made these Valentines to send in our Valentine card swap. If you sign up to participate, you could be one of the people to receive one in the mail! You can sign up until February 4th. Now here’s how to make them:

  1. First I cut some scrapbooking card stock to be the size of the envelopes I already had on hand.
  2. Then I made a heart template with some of the card stock scraps. I folded the paper in half, drew half of a heart, cut it out, and unfolded it to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. You know, that old trick.
  3. I bought felt in red, dark pink, light pink, and cream. Since I was making 3 cards (one for each of my swap partners), I cut three hearts from each color. Since each heart had to be slightly smaller than the one underneath it, I trimmed my template down with each color.

    They look so pretty all stacked up!

  4. I took one heart of each color and arranged them on top of each other and placed them on the front of the card.

  5. And then I stitched right down the center of the hearts.


    The hearts are even a little bit 3-D, which is my favorite part.

You can do whatever you want for the inside of the cards. Want to see what the inside of my cards looks like? Join our swap and maybe you’ll get one in the mail!

Special Announcement: Introducing the FaveCrafts Valentine Card Swap

Have you ever participated in a swap before? I’ve done a few in the past, and I had so much fun! I wanted to get FaveCrafts readers involved in the fun, so we are very excited to announce the first FaveCrafts card swap!!!

If you’ve never heard of swapping before, here’s what it’s all about: Everyone who participates is assigned a partner (or two, or three–for this swap, you will be assigned 3 partners). Then every swap participant makes/buys/procures the item to be swapped. For our swap, it’s homemade Valentine’s cards. Once you receive your swap partners’ addresses, you send them a homemade card, and they’ll send you one in return.

Swaps are a fun way to facilitate a sense of community among our crafty readers. Plus, everyone likes getting snail mail! If you have no one to exchange Valentines with, or if you just want to see what everyone else is making, participating in a card swap is the best way to get involved!

Want to start swapping? Here’s how:

  1. Register for an account on swap-bot.com. It’s free!
  2. Once your account is set up, go to our swap page here. It’s called “FaveCrafts Valentine’s Card Swap.”
  3. Click “Join Swap.” The last day to join is February 4.
  4. You will be randomly assigned 3 partners to make cards for. You can make 3 different cards or 3 identical cards; it’s up to you! Just make sure that you make and send 3, and that all 3 are homemade in some way.
  5. You will be notified via email when your partners have been assigned to you. Once you receive your partners’ names and addresses, send your cards to them. Please have all cards in the mail by February 11. Please don’t disappoint your partners by neglecting to send cards to them, or sending them late.
  6. Then wait patiently by the mailbox for your Valentines to arrive!

Any questions? Contact us for more info! Now who’s excited to start swapping?

Gift Sunday: Hearts & Crafts

If on Valentine morning you haven’t yet crafted anything special for your special someone, you are definitely running out of time. You might want to check out a few last minute Valentine ideas if you have a couple spare hours before your loved one wakes up! Crafting on Valentine’s Day is also a bunch of fun for the kids, or the couple who will celebrate their love on a different day. It’s never too late to show someone you care.

Here’s a few last minute heart crafts to make for someone special, or craft with the kids:

Love Card – a nice card goes a long way on Valentine’s Day

Button Heart Ornaments – This one’s great for the kids to make for Grandma and Grandpa, or to decorate the house with.

Melted Crayon Heart Valentines – A fun craft for a Sunday afternoon for the kids to play with and get into the Valentine spirit.

If you like these projects, check out more Last Minute Valentine Crafts.

Kids Saturday: Last Minute Valentine Crafts

Valentine’s day is tomorrow. Show your loved one just how much you love them. Help your kids create these fun last minute Valentine crafts. Some of them are so fun and easy to make. Papercrafts and foam crafts, can’t get any easier than that.

Be My Valentine Foam Heart– This foam heart project is so easy to make. It only takes three steps before it’s completed. Your kids can then give it to anyone they want.

Button Heart Ornaments– This is my favorite Valentine craft. It’s so cute! All you need are some buttons you might have lying around the house and some ribbon. They can then be hung around the house.

Foam Heart Frame– Your kids would have a blast making this frame project. The stickers and shapes are so fun to work with. They can then put a picture of their favorite person in there.

Other fun Valentine crafts:
Hippity Hoppity Valentine Card
Kids’ Valentine Box
Pencil Perfect Valentine’s
Tic Tac Tote

Link Love: Last Minute Valentine Crafts

Yesterday, I told you how to make Red Velvet Cake Balls packaged in something crafty for last minute valentine gifts. Today, I would like to share some other great ideas for Valentine’s Day from great websites outside of FaveCrafts. Enjoy!

  1. Paper Mosaic Valentine from Crafts by Amanda
  2. Free Cupid Printable from Macula Art
  3. Valentine’s Day Mosaic Trivet from Sweet Pickles and Chocolate
  4. Valentine’s Day Candy Bar from Brunch at Saks
  5. Paper Bouquets from Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Crayon Stained- Glass Hearts from Martha Stewart
  7. Paper Plate Valentine Spiral from Grown in my Heart
  8. Jewelry Top Gift Box from Cupid’s Charm
  9. Flower Pot Valentine from Craft Tutorials
  10. Hershey Kiss Valentine Gnomes from An Inch of Gray