Can you believe it is almost Valentine’s Day?
I have been feeling mighty crafty, so this year I made most of my Valentine’s Day decorations and I thought I would share with you how I created them. I am starting with some vintage Valentine medallions that I created using vintage doilies, vintage wallpaper, and some vintage looking Valentines I got at Anthropologie.
To start you will need some square or rectangle doilies. The ones I used are vintage, but new ones will work just as well. You will also need a book of vintage wallpaper samples. I purchased mine years ago on eBay, but you can also find them at thrift stores. If you don’t have any vintage wallpaper, wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper will also work. Then you will need the usual supplies like Elmer’s glue, hot glue, a pencil, some ribbon, and staples. Finally, I used a bowl as a circle because it was exactly the right size, but if you have a fancy circle cutter, that might be ideal.
To make the doily fan, you need to fold your paper back and forth in an accordion like fashion. My folds are about 1 inch. To make one medallion you need two doilies so fold two of them, separately.
Once you have two folded doilies, staple them together in the middle of the paper as seen above.
Next you take the edges of each fan and staple them together on both sides. You should now have a round doily medallion.
To create the next layer, you need to pick a wallpaper that you want to work with and rip it out of the book.
Then you can draw a circle on the backside of the wallpaper using your pencil.
Finally, cut it out using your scissors.
For the final layer, I decided to cut up a vintage looking Valentine….
and glue it to the wallpaper circle. Then I let this dry.
To attach the wallpaper/Valentine to the doily I used my glue gun to create a spiral so there were plenty of opportunities for the glue to hit the ridges of the medallion. Then I let the glue set.
Finally, I hot-glued some ribbon to the decoration so it would hang. Just be careful because that glue is hot and sticky!
There you have the final vintage Valentine decoration! Doesn’t it look pretty with the light shining through it?
I am not showing you my full Valentine’s Day decorations quite yet, but here is a sneak peek at the doily bunting I made. I will have a DIY tutorial for that coming up so be sure to look out for it later this week or early next week.