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Valentine’s Day. A day filled with love, flowers, chocolate and hearts! Now that we have the Christmas decorations packed and put away, it’s time to start decorating for Valentine’s Day. This year I started with this Easy Valentine’s Day Tree Centerpiece. Made with minimal supplies, it’s a super cheap, but adorable Valentine’s Day decoration.
You could also replace the rick rack flowers with paper hearts hung with twine for a different, but still, adorable look. But I’m partial to the flowers, y’all. So elegant and pretty!
While this Easy Valentine’s Day Tree Centerpiece is incredibly simple to make, it does take some extra time to wait for the paint to dry and to make rick rack flowers.
But it’s time well spent! I love the way this Easy Valentine’s Day Tree Centerpiece turned out.
Easy Valentine’s Day Tree Centerpiece
- tree branches (I got mine from my parent's yard)
- metallic gold spray paint
- red rick rack, medium
- painted mason jar, old vase, pitcher, etc. (if you have something already sitting around the house, use that!)
- hot glue gun + glue stick
- tulle, ribbon, etc.
- Floral wire if using multiple branches
- Gather fallen tree branches from around the yard. Grab more than you think you'll need. If you need to protect a surface from the spray paint, use a large piece of cardboard. Generously spray tree branches with paint. Allow to dry, flip and spray again. Allow to dry. If another coat is needed, repeat and allow to dry.
- In the meantime, make rick rack flowers. The size depends on you. I used 5 yards and made six rick rack flowers. I cut 2 20" pieces, 6 15" pieces, and 4 12.5" pieces so that I would have varying flower sizes. Just remember, the longer the rick rack, the wider the flower.
- To make rick rack flowers, cut rick rack into your desired lengths. "Braid" the two pieces of rick rack together (see photos below if you need a visual). For extra hold, I added a dab of hot glue at the very top to glue the two pieces of rick rack together. Continue "braiding" until you reach the end. Hot glue the bottom ends together. Hold one end of the rick rack and begin to roll it in on itself (see photos below if you need a visual). Continue rolling tightly until you reach the end. If you want, you can secure it with hot glue throughout like I did. Once you reach the end, bring the end to the underside of the rick rack flower and secure with hot glue.
- You can be done at this point, or you can choose to make the rick rack flower look like it's opening up. To do this, start with the outer edges and pull the edges out. Do as many as you want until you achieve the look you like best.
- Once the spray paint is dried and you've made the rick rack flowers, it's time to begin assembling the Easy Valentine's Day Tree Centerpiece. If you are using more than one branch secure them together with floral wire. Place in receptacle of choice and begin adhering rick rack flowers with hot glue. I just eyed this part and put the flowers sporadically throughout the branches.
- Finish off the look by adding ribbon or tulle to the outside of your receptacle, if you so desire. Break off a small piece of a branch and add it to the bow if you'd like.
All in all, since I had most items laying around the house, this was a super cheap project! And after Christmas, I’m all about cheap!
Hot glue the top ends of the rick rack together.
“Braid” the two pieces together.
Hot glue the bottom ends together.
Begin rolling the “braided” rick rack in on itself.
Keep it tight and secure with a little hot glue every few rounds.
When you’re done, hot glue the end on the bottom of the rick rack flower.
You can be done at this point, or you can flip the edges out a little for a fuller look.
Like this. Aren’t these rick rack flowers just adorable?!?
I seriously love everything about this Easy Valentine’s Day Tree Centerpiece. It’s rustic, yet elegant. It’s bold, yet beautiful. I kind of love it without the flowers, too!
But the rick rack flowers add so much sass, don’t you think?
For such a cheap project, it turned out so incredibly cute!
And like many crafters already know, cleaning up afterwards is the worst part of crafting. Between paint and the hot glue, I’m known to make some fairly big messes. And no tellin’ what kind of germs I brought inside with the tree branches.
Easy crafts should call for easy clean up, right? With the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers available at Target, clean up was easy! The Micro-Scrubbers made it easy to scour away the hot glue mess I left behind on the counter. And let’s not even talk about where some paint ended up…on my camera! I nearly went into cardiac arrest when I noticed that paint got on my finger and I transferred it to the shutter button on my camera. Thankfully with quick thinking skills and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers, I was able to get it off. I can imagine having to explain that one to Canon!
The scrubby texture and the thicker, more absorbent wipe truly make it one of the most versatile cleaning wipes I’ve used. Not only does it work for hot glue and paint, it works to cut through grease and grime in the kitchen. Plus, it also disinfects so that you can use them in any room in the house!
See all that scrubby goodness on those wipes? I’m sure there are plenty of areas in your home that could use some scrubby goodness, right? I’m thinking kitchen, bathroom, kids’ room … basically every room!
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I’m so excited about getting all my Valentine’s Day decorations put up throughout the house! This was the perfect project for giving myself a kick in the butt to make it happen.
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?