After the expense of decorating for Christmas, your budget may be a little tight for Valentine’s Day. Today I thought I’d share some budget Valentine decorations with you. My style is–how would I describe my style? It’s romantic, shabby chic, vintage, traditional-country…well you get the idea.
I made some precious rosebuds for just a couple of dollars. All you need is:
It doesn’t take much artistic ability to make these roses. All you really have to do is play with the crepe paper a little. Picture a rosebud in your mind, or search for a picture of a rosebud on the internet.
Start by folding the end of the crepe paper like this:
Then gently fold the triangle over to the inside:
Now gently and without creasing, fold the top of the ribbon toward the back:
Begin rolling the crepe paper making the center of the bud. As you roll the crepe paper toward you allowing the top of the ribbon to fall a little toward the back, it makes the beginning of a petal:
Next you twist the crepe paper and it creates the division between petals that you see:
Continue this process loosely rolling and folding until you reach the desired size of your bud. Then you can simply glue the end around the bottom of the bud:
Decide what you’d like to do with the buds.
I opted to make a flower ball ornament.
Using hot glue, begin gluing each bud to the Styrofoam ball. Be sure to alternate the colors if you’d like a multi-colored ornament, or you can use just one single color:
Tie a knot in the center of a ribbon to give your glue more coverage and glue the knot to the ball. Once the glue has cooled and the ribbon is secure, tie the top of the ribbon into a bow so you can hang it anywhere:
I made lots of extra buds and used them to scatter throughout my favorite hat box, along with some snowflake Christmas ornaments and silk rose petals leftover from another year. You and your children could make sweet paper snowflake ornaments:
If you’d rather not make your ornaments, an inexpensive decoration is a lantern. You can use them as intended or fill them with all sorts of holiday trinkets. I use my lantern throughout my home as well as on my front porch. I just change the decorations on the inside and sometimes I put a bow on the top. Here’s one I used last year as my centerpiece:
I just adore vintage Valentines. I found these online and printed them. I attached them to some burlap and used some brown twine to make a Valentine garland. I added a few red polka dot bows between the Valentines. Nothing fancy, but so precious:
If you have a Silhouette you use Silhouette graphics to make adorable Valentine plates. This graphic is really pretty:
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know birds are a passion of mine. This lovebird graphic goes well with the monogram of my husband and myself:
You could make a wooden or cardstock sign with a Silhouette, too!
Remember, you don’t have to have a big budget to fill your home with reminders of God’s love and your love for your family! My favorite craft projects are those traditional, all time-favorites using everyday materials from my home, gathering around the table with my sweet family making memories!