Friday, February 1, 2013

A Little Retro Valentines Love

I whipped up a new wreath for the front door yesterday.  I have such a hard time with the front door after Christmas until spring.  I feel like I don't get my money's worth out of Valentines and St. Patrick's decorations so usually I just skip straight to the spring stuff, but this year I gave in and now we have a little Valentine's decor too.

I am okay with this because it just cost me the time - more than you would think - to print and cut and glue.  And I am even more happy because I already got a compliment from someone (no, not a family member - a real legitimate random person who came to the door).

This is not my own original idea.  I saw it googling around but the original person does not want to be pinned or anything so I can't give her a shout out but I do want to acknowledge that unfortunately I cannot claim to be the cool person who thought this up.

Anyways, should you want to make your own I will give you a brief outline of what I did.

First trace or free hand 2 circles onto free cardboard box and then cut out wreath form.  This doesn't have to be perfect at all since you will be covering it up.  

I made mine from a cardboard box that came from Pottery Barn.  (By the by, I ordered a set of those artisanal candle holders from PB last week.  They are nice although I think the boxes they came in may have cost more than the candle holders.)  The boxes were super duper thick heavy cardboard so I had to cut them with a handsaw. 

Then I hit up Graphics Fairy and Two Crazy Crafters for some cards.  Next, I googled "retro school valentines" and "vintage school valentines" to fill in some extras.  I found plenty I liked for free using this method.  If you want a quicker, but not free, method I did see some etsy shops selling them too.

To print the image click on the one you want until you get to the original page that it came from.  Then right click on the picture and copy it to word.  Once in word you can right click again, choose size and make the image bigger or smaller depending on your needs.  I sized most of my cards to 4 or 5 inches and I was able to fit 3 or 4 on a page by moving the page margins to the edge.

I printed all my cards onto white card stock.  You can buy a package of 150 sheets at walmart or meijer or such for less than $5.

Then I just cut them out.  On a few I did go over the lettering with a black ball point pen just to make them stand out a little bit more.

Okay this is getting way longer than I thought but I've started so I will keep going.   

You'll want to cover at least the front of your cardboard wreath form with something pretty just in case the cardboard peeks through.  I hot glued a piece of spare ribbon all the way around but you could use paper or yarn or whatever you have on hand.  Then before you glue on your cards you need to attach a hanging method.  In my case I hot glued a pieceof red ribbon to the wreath form.

Now finally make a pleasing arrangement of your cards and then hot glue them down.  I did cut out some hearts from scrapbook paper to help fill things out.  Also, I glued them on the top of the form and from the bottom just to give it a little depth.

I think it will do for now.  I can't wait for spring!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful! Thank you for posting it!
    I love how this looks. I'm old enough to remember some of these designs!


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