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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?

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  1. Tanya@TakeSix

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

    • Nicole

      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. Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

    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.

    • Nicole

      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. Krissa

    So cute! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Nicole

      Thanks, friend! I bet Charlotte would love the craft. 😉

  4. Stacy

    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!

    • Nicole

      You’ll have to post a pic of your kids’ creations! 🙂

  5. Stacy

    P.S. Beautiful photography, Nicole 🙂

    • Nicole

      Thanks, Stacy. The lighting in our playroom is so wonderful; I wish my kitchen was as nice for photos of food!

  6. Laura Black

    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.

    • Nicole

      Thanks, Laura!

  7. Megan

    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.

    • Nicole

      how fun that you have a Gigi, too! 🙂

  8. Emily @ Random Recycling

    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.

    • Nicole

      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. Heather :) :) :)

    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 🙂

    • Nicole

      Thanks, Heather!

  10. Tara

    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?

    • Nicole

      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. Charis

    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. erin

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

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