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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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I just love Valentine's Day, and I have really been wanting a few more decorations for my house.  When Lifestyle Crafts send me a couple of items from their newly released Sweetheart line,  it gave me the perfect opportunity to create a darling heart bunting for my mantel, and a fun Valentine countdown to enjoy with my kids at the same time.

This is such an easy project, but SO cute.  It won't take long to create your own heart bunting!

  • scrapbook paper and coordinating cardstock
  • some way to cut hearts... ( I used my Lifestyle Epic)
  • distress ink
  • jute
  • mini clothespins
     I started with the nesting eyelet hearts die, and the nesting scallop hearts die, and cut 28 hearts in two different sizes (14 large, 14 smaller) out of scrapbook paper and cardstock. I adhered a smaller heart to a larger one, switching up the patterns. You don't have to use the epic to do this project--you could use your Silhouette, other die cutting tool, buy die cuts from a scrapbook store, or even cut your own using scissors.  Your kids could design and cut their own!

    I printed out a sheet of paper with 14 different Valentine activities, cut them into strips, and adhered them to the back of the hearts. I clipped the hearts onto jute/twine, using mini clothespins I painted spray painted red, and then hung it on my mantel! If you don't have a mantel, no worries---hang it across a doorway, in a window, or even across a sliding glass door. 

    How it works:

    Each day--February 1st through February 14th--my kids will get to choose a heart, and we'll do the activity listed on the back.  You could number the hearts on the front if you like, and have them go in numerical order, but I decided to let them choose whichever one they wanted. This will require more prep on my part--making sure I have everything ready to go--but I think they'll love it!  Here are a few of the activities I included:

    ♥ Valentine Bingo
    ♥ "Heart Attack" friends and leave yummy treats
    ♥ Make & decorate Valentine cookies
    ♥ Make heart snowflakes
    ♥ Read a Valentine story
    ♥ Watch a fun Valentine show
    ♥ Make pink hot chocolate
    ♥ Make a Valentine chain

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    Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post, however, I was sent product to try out. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. Please see my full disclosure here.


    Blogger {northern cottage} said...

    oh how darling! i bet it makes your heart SING everytime you walk by!

    January 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
    Blogger Janine said...

    That gives me a good craft idea for me and my girls tomorrow.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM  
    Blogger Jen said...

    simply adorable! love it. :)

    January 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
    Blogger Veronica and Daniel said...

    This is completely adorable! I am sad that I dont have a fire place to hang one one...I guess the living room wall will have to do :) Thanks for the idea!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM  
    Blogger Aleksandra said...

    This is so cute!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM  
    Blogger Sky said...

    Your ideas are rockin' lately, Kierste! We love Valentines around here too and for some reason I've been holding off since it's still quite early- I need to just jump in! Love you blocks, love decoration and this- your style is always inspiring :)

    January 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
    Blogger Cole Family said...

    I would love to know all 14 ideas you came up with. I have to do this with my kids but sometimes I have a hard time coming up with ideas. Thanks!


    January 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM  

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