January 21, 2010

Valentine's Day Craftiness

Ooooh Oooooh...I have been so excited to share this fun craft with you!

It has been in the works in my brain for awhile and there are many times I get inspired to create something but have no idea what the end result will be.
This was one of those times. There are so many elements to this craft that make it extra fun so I am jazzed about letting you know how I did this from inspiration to completion. Sadly, this is not a tutorial because...well...I am not good at them.

First of all, those sweet little tubes are from paper towel rolls. I have always wanted to find a re-use for them and this was such a great way to make something not very pretty just adorable. I wrapped the tubes in valentine themed scrapbooking paper which I cut in half and bonded to the tube. I started off stapling the bottoms and wrapping them in ribbon but realized hot glue worked just as well. I filled them with fun little candies, Hershey hugs & kisses, and other goodies.
(Great for little Valentine messages too!)
The clips are painted clothes pins with painted polka dots all over them. You can use a pencil eraser or a q-tip (which I preferred). Unless you are savvy and actually have a circle brush specifically for this task...you clever crafter, you. You can also use scrapbook paper on your clothespins.The felt hearts or birds are blanket stitched with embroidery floss and slightly stuffed for some dimension. I embellished them with fabric, ruffles, and buttons for some cutie patootie flair.

Here is the fun part...they are Magnets!
I wanted to make a craft that was a sweet treat but also a gift too. I decided to make a magnet but with a creative twist. I glued a heavy duty magnet to the back of the clothes pin before attaching the felt heart. After gluing a length of ribbon to the front of the clothes pin, I glued the felt heart on top. I then attached another coordinating valentine stuffie to the other end of the ribbon and glued a magnet to the back of that one too. Now you actually have two magnets and a clip.

Here are the magnets and clip in use. So fun, right?

I clipped the top of the tube with the clip part of the magnet to seal in all the sweet treat goodness. The magnet ribbon is tied around the tube for the presentation. I plan on adding a card with a sweet saying like, "You're my Tweet Friend," "You make my Heart Happy" or "For my Tweet Heart."

Hope you enjoy and are inspired for Love Day!


  1. I am so excited that I got to see these things live and in person before you posted. They are totally awesome!! Can I place an order please for Bella & Gavin's school teacher please?

  2. OMG, soooo cute! I am totally going to make some, love it!

  3. How fun is that! You ROCK, Jessica! You came up with that all by yourself? I can see this in Better Homes and Gardens...now, if I only knew how to do the stich I'd be on this tomorrow! I might just wing it! = )

    Thanks, Jessica, you refresh me!


  4. ooooo magnets and clothes pins !!! i LOVE magnets and clothes pin crafts!! and you have them both in one :) LOVE IT!

  5. How CUTE is this??? :o) I love this and it's perfect and not too over the top for a Valentine's day gift. TFS!

  6. Love these! I can't wait to make them. Thank you!!

  7. First of all...I {love} your blog!

    This Valentine craft is amazing & adorable! I am so curious to know how you make the felt birds. Do you have a book with the pattern?


    Thank you!

  8. To Blanca...
    The birds are just free cut. I am actually not happy with the birds so I am excited you like them. They don't have my typical look because I was in kinda of a hurry when I cut them. My advice is to find a shape you like or make your own and create a template.

    I hope all of you let me know what crafts you make this Valentine's Day and invite me to see it. Fun, fun, fun!

  9. The best I did last year was create these rudimentary candy i-pods for Andrew's classmates by wrapping boxes of conversation hearts in pink construction paper and, well.. the results are better left forgotten.

    Maybe this year I'll be inspired to take up your creativity and make something wonderful and practical and beautiful that someone might appreciate.

    Or just pay you to make them for me.

    I LOVE this idea!

  10. oooooh these are amazingly sweet and clever! Thanks for sharing...hope your week is filled with joy!

  11. I am going to try these with toilet paper rolls (less candy and still of so sweet).


  12. Those heart clips are adorable! I love the flowers on the hearts--makes me want to make some!

  13. So much cuteness going on! Love it :)


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