10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY

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10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY

The Challenge, once again, finding Valentine's Day decorations that aren't cheesy.

The Solution: DIY: Custom Crafts to match my decor!

As a lover of Love and passion and all things romantic, Valentine’s Day is most certainly a holiday I hold dear to my heart. Funny though, I had never really decorated too much for Valentine’s Day. Most likely because I have never seen any Valentine’s Day home decor that I liked. This year I decided I would try and do a little something and try to decorate. 

During one of my Target Christmas shopping outings I happened to grab a little $3 set of ceramic nutcracker ornaments (3 pack for $3) and a 3 pack of little ceramic reindeer (they were white ceramic but had been painted black). I grabbed them and thought they would make a fun craft project to do with my daughter, or add them to the playroom in the worst case. It was $3, I figured let’s give it a whirl. 

After I got to decorating for Christmas, my main living room and adjoining Office/Library had an elegant navy and gold theme going and lots of nutcrackers! All elegant and stunning! I just love nutcrackers, what can I say! (Check out my Winter Wonderland Décor post). 

I have this “mess” of a craft table in the garage where a lot of “projects I am going to get to” get thrown on top of…who doesn’t have this spot? Or more than one of them? LOL As I walked to the garage one day I looked down and saw the little $3 ceramic nutcracker set from Target and I thought, hmm…

This past summer I did a lot of projects and one thing I discovered while doing some last year was gilding wax.

I LOVE IT! 

I decided to try the gilding wax on the ceramic nutcrackers! 

I grabbed my gloves, opened the bottle, and rubbed it all over. I also had some silver gilding wax so I used a little of that on a few spots like the belt and a few other areas, just to give it a little bit more character. 

I think they turned out pretty cute. I added them to the garland around my chandelier in the Office/Library and they looked cute. 

10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY nutracker
This is how they turned out. I did not paint or prime them, I just rubbed onto the ceramic with these!
10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY nutracker
I really love how the gilding wax works...it inspires me to go after the reindeer next.

My little reindeer turned out so great, I was inspired to go to Target and find Valentine’s Day ceramics to try to make a set to match them. I wanted to bring Valentine’s Day gently into my winter décor, and still keep my adorable little reindeer family in place!

Once I got to Target, I found much more than I bargained for and let’s just say, the checkout lady and my bank account both almost had heart attacks at checkout! 

I bought SO MUCH! I also bought about 5 of everything since I needed one, my daughter has to have her own set, the mom’s, and one extra for me to “experiment with”. That’s a lot of stuff Tony! 

I felt a little overwhelmed…what was I thinking?

I started anyway…I grabbed a heart and rubbed…

Once I got started I wasn’t too happy…the ceramic didn’t take to the gilding wax on the hearts the same way it had before and I realized, it needed a base color. The reindeer came out so amazing because they were already painted a base black…the gilding wax went over it so beautifully. 

The problem? They need a base coat of paint!

10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY gnomes hearts X&O milk paint
I started off with some milk paint and began adding a base color. Then I started to experiment. I use Rust-oleum paints a lot!
10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY gnomes chalk paint
Experimenting with mixing colors, I ended up with a nice copper color!

After I slapped on a base color of grey, I used this Farmhouse Red Chalk paint. I used some on a few X & O’s (they were drying), then I mixed a little with my grey, added some black acrylic, a little metallic bronze color and this is what I ended up with.

The red really turned it a nice copper. It looks really cute on the gnomes. I also painted a ceramic tray with the copper color and it made it look like red clay pottery, a happy accident! 

Now I need to check on my wood hearts and X & O’s I painted grey…

  • then mixed a bit of that copper with the grey and made a “wood brown” sort of color.
  • next, I ran a few little streaks in grey/white down them, just for some added dimension and trying for a “wood” grain sort of feel. 

10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY hearts modeling paste stencil
I decided to add a raised stencil damask design to try to match my kitchen décor.

LESSONS I learned working with this Modeling Paste:

  1. Let it dry 24 hours
  2. It is flexible, if you want that, don’t let it fully dry, and you can move it, or smoosh it as I say. 🙂
  3. Wash off tools and stencil ASAP
  4. The regular modeling paste is better for stencils

For my supplies check out my Amazon Idea Board “DIY Project Supplies”.

The first side went well…until I decided to paint the raised stencil! 

This is where I learned, LET IT DRY! When I added the gilding wax over the stencil design, it sort of smooshed the stencil design and spread it out. Also the silver gilding wax didn’t look the way I was expecting, but it was still nice. Luckily there was another side to experiment with. I decided this time to let the stencil fully dry 24 hours before I touched it! 

The stencil came out perfect! 

Before
After
valentine's day decor kitchen GG collection tray DIY wood heart crafts X&O
I am so happy with how these turned out! Now I have custom matching neutral Valentine's Day Decor!
valentine's day decor kitchen GG collection tray DIY wood heart crafts
Goal achieved - I can bring Valentine's Day Décor into my Winter Wonderland!

Check out my Amazon Idea Board for My Winter Wonderland Decor.

Valentine's Day winter decor ladder wood craft X O hearts owls on ladder
These custom wood crafts look great on my Winter Wonderland Valentine's Day Ladder!
Valentine's Day Farmhouse Décor gilded gold and silver ceramic wood craft hearts X&O's fur table runner decor
It's a snowy Valentine's Day and Rudolph is delivering our custom wood X & O's and hearts!
Farmhouse Décor gilded gold and silver ceramic wood craft hearts X O in sleigh back fur table runner
These look so lovely in the back of the sleigh, with a few pine picks!
Tiered Tray Farmhouse Decor cozy winter wonderland valentine's day hearts gnomes crafts wood ceramic
The gilded family all joined, Winter & Valentine's Day on my Tiered Tray!
Tiered Tray Farmhouse Décor gilded gold and silver ceramic figures Target dollar spot Winter Lodge wood block sign Book boxes vintage yard flocked christmas tree faux fur table runner mini pine wreaths
These hearts fit so nicely into this magical winter scene.
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
Here is the New 2023 Look
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
A lovely mix of winter and Valentine's Day coming together.
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
Cookie cutters to use, and for decor!
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor willow creek
This is just a wintery romance!
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
The 2023 Winter Valentine's Day TV console look
Valentine's Day wood crafts winter decor kitchen island centerpiece GG collection Tray
The 2023 Look - I am still loving these, and may want to make more!
winter wonderland Valentine's Day tree wood X O craft
Here I used some of the raw wood ones (still undecided) on my "Valentine's Day Tree"!
winter wonderland Valentine's Day tree wood X&O craft
A Winter Wonderland Valentine's Day - 2022
10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY hearts gnomes red paint
For my red, I played around with a swirl stencil design and painted the little gnome with some red and pink too!

Check out my Amazon Idea Board for My DIY Project Supplies.

10 Elegant Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts to DIY mugs gnomes X&O hearts
Don't worry pink and red, I'd never forget you! Some Rae Dunn love and my Red Hearts, X & O's, and my little gnome.
winter valentine's day kitchen Rae Dunn bowl Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse mixing bowl
Rae Dunn Love bowl and Mickey & Minnie mixing bowls from my Mama - last year clearance finds!

To see the items I used, check out my Amazon Idea Board DIY Project Supplies.

Valentine's Day coffee bar Rae Dunn candle mug Heart cutting board
A little Valentine's Day touch in the kitchen! - 2022
winter valentine's day bookshelf in kitchen Rae Dunn Mugs Cookie jar longaberger baskets
My bookshelf moving into Valentine's Day, still holding onto some Christmas there...
winter valentine's day bookshelf in kitchen Rae Dunn Mugs Cookie jar longaberger baskets
They all seem to go so well together!
me with red Rae Dunn coffee mug warm and cozy
I hope you enjoyed seeing my little creations! xoxo, January Ember
winter valentine's day bookshelf in kitchen Rae Dunn Mugs Cookie jar longaberger baskets

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I experimented with some ceramic and wood crafts to create some lovely custom Valentine’s Day Décor. More to come! Subscribe, follow, and stay tuned, you never know what I’ll do next! 

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P.S. Valentine’s day crafts – More coming this week! 

 

Plus great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas under $20! 

 

Also, Easy Valentine’s Day Brunch Ideas!

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Yours Truly,

January Ember

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