Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mini Valentine Topiaries

So I really should be posting about all my organizing happenings this last month since the 21 day challenge is over this week and I'm something like 12 posts behind!!!  But instead I really wanted to post about this cute, simple little Valentine's Day craft I came up with yesterday.  I will show you my challenge stuff soon, pinky promise.

I didn't actually plan to work on a V-day craft, it just sort of happened.  It all started when I decided that I was finally going to make some of those bare book bundles that are all the rage right now.  I had a couple extra books left over from my book page garland and decided to remove the covers and tied them together with some kitchen twine.  Costing me all of $2, total!  Much better then the $39 ones at PB.  I love you PB but seriously!? $39!?  I was really pleased with the result and thought I would use them as the base for my cloche.

Now I needed something for inside the cloche. But what?
I saw this post over at The Speckled Dog and loved the look of a cute plant inside but I have no cute plants (only a frozen fern in my entry way that is so not cute at the mo) and didn't want to spend any money.  So plants were out.  At Christmas I filled the cloche with ornaments etc. and thought maybe I could do something for Valentines day.  Here's what I came up with...

Isn't it adorable?  Ready to make some of your own?  This may be the simplest. craft. ever.

Here's what you need:

Heart Picks from the dollar store
 Small wooden pot
Craft paint
Sticky tack (stuff used for posters)

  • Cut heart pick down to desired length.  Set aside.  
  • Paint pot with craft paint (inside too)  I used Robin's egg blue.  
  • Take a ball of sticky tack and squish inside pot. 
  • Stick heart pick down into sticky tack.
  • Paint sticky tack same color as pot.

That's it.  The hardest part of this whole project might be finding the heart picks!
If you don't have sticky tak or don't want to buy any you could always squeeze some hot glue down into the pot and hold the heart pick in place until the glue sets and then paint the glue.  I may do this when I make more.  I just didn't want to go get my glue gun :-)

I personally like the dinky-ness of the pot with the heart (I don't know why but this way it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland) but if you think it looks out of proportion then of course you could use a larger pot.

I love the simplicity of this.  It doesn't scream Valentine's Day and fits into my regular decor, which is the what I really love about it!

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  1. the combination of the books, and the glass and the romance are for some reason taking my head to beauty and the beast and the rose with the falling petals... i can't help but think of it! it looks adorable! i love the unexpected pop of color on the book pages.

  2. Your mini topiary is so adorable! It made me smile when I saw it:) Love your books, too. Cute project!

  3. Really cute! What a darling little accent for v-day! Love it.

  4. Very cute! The bound books are a great touch!

  5. I pretty much am a sucker for anything miniature...through in a romantic touch and you've got me hook, line, and sinker. :)

  6. Hi, This caught my eye at funky polkadot giraffe... LOVE it... so cute!
    XO Malia

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