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If you need a quick and easy Valentine craft idea (for a teacher, grandma, friend, etc.) this one is so cute and fun.

You need a little birdhouse, some trim, a few embellishments, and hot glue. That’s it.

I find this adorable birdhouse, with the heart cut-out at the local craft store for $1.99. I brought it home and gave it two coats of white matte spray paint.

birdhouse ingredientsNext, I decided what trim I wanted to use. A few buttons, a little fabric rose, a piece of vintage trim and, of course, a little bird.

birdhouse add trimUsing your hot glue gun (or craft glue works, too) glue the trim along the edge of the bird house and start added the embellishments.

bridhouse embellishments

I just loved the buttons and little rose.

birdhouse doneAnd in about five minutes, you’ve got this sweet little gift for someone special. Total project time is about an hour if you count time for the paint to dry.

Attach a card that reads, “A little birdie told me you’d be my Valentine!”

She Who May Have Decided to Keep this Birdhouse for Herself

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If you’re thinking about hosting a Valentine’s party, here are some easy tips to make your home look like the love bug has spun a magic little spell.

COLOR  – The three colors that scream Valentine’s Day and red, white and pink. The combination of the three leaves no doubt as to what holiday is being celebrated. You can use ribbons, crepe paper, balloons, streamers, cut-out hearts and fabric to set the scene for your event.

DECOR – There are a lot of easy and fun things you can do to add a pop of Valentine’s cheer to your home decor. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Add a red pillow to your couch or loveseat.
  • Mix reds with neutrals like beige, tan, cream, white or black for the biggest “Wow” factor.
  • Mix plain white serving pieces and dishes with a few red pieces for elegant flair.
  • Fill a white bowl with red candies, put red candles on a white plate or fill a glass container with red jelly beans or red hots for a fun accent.
  • Inexpensive fabric can be trimmed with pinking shears (to avoid fraying) and layered in a buffet setting to create a stunning  backdrop for your food.
  • Make a heart-shaped pillow and place on your bed. (Cut a heart pattern out of paper, trace onto felt, “stitch” with a satin ribbon, stuff and finish with a bow.)
  • Use red, white and pink candles for a festive touch.
  • Scatter fake rose petals around table tops or side pieces for a romantic flair.

INVITATIONS – Use a heart graphic or have your kids cut out and color hearts. You can also send Evites or electronic invitations to keep things simple.

FOOD – Have fun with the food you serve. You can cut bread into heart shapes with a cookie cutter or twist bread sticks into heart shapes. You can cut out meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit with heart-shape cookie cuttes to add fun accents to the meal. Italian is a good choice (think Lady and the Tramp) and something like spaghetti feeds a crowd easily. Add some heart-shaped bread and a salad with little heart-shaped pieces of cheese or cut out beets and you’ve got a fun meal. Finish it off with a decadent dessert or cupcakes frosted in red, white and pink.

She Who Really Likes this Holiday Color Scheme!

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