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10 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts DIY

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. I have never really decorated too much for Valentine’s Day so this year I decided I would try and do a little something. 

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 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. 

This is how they turned out. I did no paint or prime them, I just rubbed onto the ceramic with these!

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

I really love how the gilding wax works...it inspires me to go after the reindeer next.

These 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!

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!
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 coper. 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.


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. I ran a few little streaks of grey/white down them, just for some added dimension and trying for a “wood” grain sort of feel. 

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
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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 quite as 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! 

XO Wood blocks from Target $5 for a set of 4. I’ll be making more to complete our custom game!
I am so happy with how these turned out! Now I have custom matching neutral Valentine's Day Decor!
Goal achieved - I can bring Valentine's Day Décor into my Winter Wonderland!

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

For my red, I played around with a swirl stencil design and painted the little gnome with some red and pink too!

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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.

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

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I experimented with some of my Target finds to create some lovely custom Valentine’s Day Décor. More to come! 

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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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