Around My House for Valentine’s {and an easy, festive garland}

While some people treat Valentine’s Day with disdain, brushing it off as nothing but a commercial day invented by a greeting card company, I simply adore the holiday.

This could be due to the fact that it precedes a particularly important day for me (my birthday!), or simply because my mom always made it a special day when I was growing up. Whatever the reason, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day.

Of course we should find ways to show love to those around us every day, but a holiday that’s all about LOVE is sure a fun day to celebrate.

For me, it’s a reminder that we love because we were first loved. And it’s a day where I like to bless my family and friends with sweet tokens of affection.

Come peek inside my home and see a few of my festive Valentines-y decorations and an easy, crafty garland that you can make to dress your own home up.

Celebrating Love at the Bennett House

We don’t usually brave the crowds for a romantic night out, but instead, we stay home with the family; I love surprising my hubby and kids with a fun little gift of some sorts. Handing out valentines is a must for our family, as is hanging a few fun decorations.

The quilted wall hanging that Gigi is posing by, above, was made by my mom.

Clockwise from top left, our window stickees that have been around since I was a kid, a close-up of the wall-hanging, our newest piece of custom art– read on for the details on that– and my collection of fun towels.

From T.P. Roll to Heart Art

I found this idea via Pinterest, and knew it would be a perfect craft for my daughter. She loved using a toilet paper roll that I folded into a heart shape in pink, purple and red paint.

When we were done, we cut the cardstock artwork in half, and put part of it in a frame, and the other half became a card for a friend!

Make an Easy Valentine’s Garland

When we cleaned up Gigi’s art project, I couldn’t throw away the “stamp” because it was just too cute (see top photo of post). So I brainstormed a way to repurpose that T.P. roll even farther, and decided on a garland to decorate my mantel.

I simply sliced the T.P. roll into a few pieces and then hole-punched my hearts along with some valentines. Then I strung the hearts and valentines on raffia (ribbon would also work), using wood beads to hold them place (knots would work great, too).

I liked the rough edges on the hearts that didn’t have paint on the edges, although another cute decoration would be to hang a bunch of these hearts, all with painted edges.

Like my valentines of choice? They were designed by our former editor, Katie Fox and her husband, and are being sold for a very good cause– to raise money for their family’s adoption!

How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day? Special food, gifts, decor?


Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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  1. Such a great post full of ideas. Love the stamps and then reusing them as a garland. Pinning this! Thank you!

    • Thanks, Tanya! I want to make more art with the TP heart stamp and then hang more of them because they came out so cute. 🙂

  2. You are SO creative! I love this! This is going right up on my pinterest board for crafts for the children:) Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Thanks, Andrea! I had to help Gigi at first to get her to make the complete heart, but then she started to get the hang of it. Definitely a fun kids’ craft!

  3. So cute! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Love these ideas! You are so crafty and clever 🙂

    We are making cards for the kids in our homeschool co-op – I’m going to try that t.p roll idea!

  5. P.S. Beautiful photography, Nicole 🙂

  6. What a nice article. Anything that has to do with LOVE is alright by me. I love your creative designs and the simplicity of it all. I can see you have a lot of love in your home. Oh, by the way, Happy Birthday.

  7. I love the garland and the recycled t.p. roll stamp! My little Gigi loves to stamp. She’s been using a sponge heart shaped stamp on everything in sight.

  8. Emily @ Random Recycling says:

    Saved the same TP stamp idea from Pinterest. Now it’s ready and waiting for the weekend craft project. I love your photo of framing the heart stamps, great for our playroom decor.

    • Thanks, Emily. I love how it turned out and I’m thinking maybe we’ll do it again in different colors for a piece of artwork for all year-round!

  9. I really like that heart-shaped garland made from the paper towl roles. That’s really creative 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  10. I said almost exactly the same thing on my blog today. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s a day to celebrate loving others. I just adore that wall hanging! Is it fabric that’s just pieced together?

    • Thanks, Tara, I love it too! It’s like a mini quilt (pieced and quilted), and the pattern is from the book Quilts Through the Seasons by Eleanor Burns.

  11. i LOVE your toilet paper roll used for painting hearts! that is too cute. i am for sure using this idea. thanks for sharing! so many great ideas.

  12. I just love love the garland, what a good use of your tp roll too. 🙂

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