Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clothesline Valentine's Sign

 After hanging up my simple, doily garland on our mantel, I felt like the area above it was looking extremely bare. There were quite a few of the heart doilies leftover, so I through around a few ideas in my head. Here's what I came up with! :)
 I kind of made this up as I went, so bear with me! Here's what you'll need to get started:
*Picture Frame
*Staple Gun
*Silhouette, stencils or other crafty cutter
*Cardboard (I used an old cereal box)
*washi tape
*mod podge
*sponge brush
*heart doilies
*mini clothespins
I started off by cutting out a phrase on my Silhouette. I chose "Be Mine". After it had been cut, I traced them onto the sides of a cereal box. The letters on the cardstock were just too fragile for what I had in mind with them. After tracing, I cut the letters out of the cereal box.
 I've had this frame for awhile now and use it as decor for many miscellaneous projects around my house. It's last use was for our Christmas Advent Calendar that I shared over on Huckleberry Love.

I removed the old twine, as there were four pieces and I only needed two. I used a staple gun to hold the new twine in place and simply tied a knot with the twine around the staple to hold it in place .

Now, it's washi tape time! I am obsessed with this stuff. I'm constantly scoping it out at local craft stores (I'm SO excited that Michael's finally carries it!) and on Amazon. Decorate your letters with washi tape. I alternated between 7 varieties for a colorful and bright look. :)

After your letters are covered in the tape, it's time to adhere them to your doilies. I covered the back of each letter with a light coat of mod podge and pressed it onto a doily. Be sure to dab the back of a doily with a paper towel, as the excess mod podge will squeeze through its small holes.

Now it's time to hang your letters on your frame! I used mini clothespins that I had from the Advent Calendar. I found them at JoAnn's. But, I'm sure regular sized ones would work just fine. Use whatever you have. :)

I felt like my sign was missing something, so I added this little guy. Jason bought him for me at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He is actually a Christmas ornament that is supposed to clip onto a tree branch. I loved him so much that I decided to keep him out year round. Isn't he the cutest?

And there you have it! A fun, colorful and easy project to brighten up your Valentine's Day décor.


I can't wait to share the rest of my mantel with you all! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Sharing with: Gingersnap Crafts, Polkadots on Parade, Lil Luna,


  1. I LOVE this! Totally my style-I can't wait to make this!!

  2. This is SO CUTE!!! Such a smart idea to use washi tape!

  3. This is so cute, you would literally do this for any holiday. It would be good wall art for a child's room. Just use triangles/flags instead of hearts.

    Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog (it ends Tuesday) if you'd like to come back by and check it out that would be excellent!

    Sara Ivy


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