February 6, 2014

Valentine's Tree!

It's Valentine's time!!!!!!!!! We have a new stick tree this year, I don't like the sticks as much, but what can you do. Sometimes you find good sticks, sometimes you don'ts.

Last time we did a Valentine's tree, it was just a flurry of pink and red hearts. This time around, I went in a slightly different direction. I got plain cardboard heart tags and colored ribbons from THE DOLLAR BIN at Target. And I got old fashioned Valentine tissue paper from Cost Plus.

I gluey glued scraps of tissue to the cardboard hearts. Tied the ribbons in bows to the tree. (saw that idea somewheres on Pinterest) Cut out a few heart outline shapes and then glued tissue paper against the back for a stained glass effect.

And in my window, hung up some giant colored paper hearts that I got at a craft store a year ago ~ note: USE PACKING TAPE, regular tape won't cut it with heavy paper. I just taped them onto a ribbon. Then I added a patch of the tissue paper over the tape, so you wouldn't see a big blob of packing tape on the back, as the hearts swirl around like a mobile.

I also cut some hearts out of some red paper napkins I had left over from Happy Chinese New Year. They look kind of fluttery on the tree. Sometimes they like to flutter OFF the tree when the cat walks by.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the tree this time around. In the ribbon spools I picked up, there was a piece of ribbon that looks like a tiny red heart garland so I hung it like a garland, just swooped it across a couple of the highest sticks. I love it! The fiddliest part was gluing the tissue onto the cardboard heart tags, but if you like gluing (I DO), it was a very calming, zen activity to perform.

ARE YOU PINKING IT UP YET? Or doily-ing or heart-ing? I had to go ahead and get on it, I was tired of all the snowflakes. I was ready for some COLOR.

16 comments:

  1. O I love it! Did you buy your branches or pick them from your yard?

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    1. oh these are branches I found! I need to find some new ones though....my old ones that I liked so much ended up breaking -- they were sturdier and I had more of them.....this summer I'll take Julia to the park where I found my original sticks and try to find more like them -- this stick biz is serious biz you know :)

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  2. I love this! Now that Seahawks mania is over its time to get my Valentine's groove going!! That might be today's project.

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    1. will Seahawk mania EVER be over???? ha ha ha!

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  3. I love it! I will need to do a stick tree one day. I wonder if I can use my Forsythia branches and let them dry out once all the blossoms died. No pink yet in my house though but it will change after this weekend because I have to get some Valentine's stuff for the boy's class! So might as well stock up on stuff for me, right? :D

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    1. I'll be the forsythia would be fabulous, you should try it!!!

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  4. I love it! The hearts hanging in the window are really awesome, too! You are all festive and ready for Valentine's Day.

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    1. I love Valentine's Day so much! It's just such a pretty, happy, chocolatey day. I love making doily valentines, I need to get some doilies in the house!

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    1. isn't it cute? i'm already looking ahead my cherry blossom spring tree though.....;)

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  6. Wow! That is a gorgeous stick tree! That might be my favorite decor theme yet! I love it. I wish we had something pretty for Valentine's Day going on around here, but during our snow days, the girls kept trashing the house to the point where I had no desire to direct their energy into other possibly-messy endeavors. Sigh. Next year...

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    1. yay!!!! i'm so glad you like!!! snow is a mess. if I had to deal with it 24/7, I think i would be WORN OUT. hang in there mama. xo

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  7. Fun! We have random garland every-which-place. My daughter dances around the house each time something pink appears, as she knows it is generally not my decorating color of choice. But, she gets to celebrate all February long, until St. Patrick's Green takes over in March, to the delight of my son's heart. Colorful holiday anticipation helps get us through the grey wintertime.

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    1. TOOOOOOTALLY. decorate with color until the real thing shows up! I'm with you 100%!

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  8. How'd I miss this??? Oh, Valentines comes and goes much too quickly. Kitten was thoroughly upset by how undecorated our house remained throughout the holiday. And now she's griping at me about easter! :)

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    1. you should let Miss K make lots of bunny pix and hang them up! let the kid do the decorating, ha ha!

      you know, last year we did the easter tree thing, but i get bored doing the same stuff twice, so i think this year i'm going to do a variation on a Spring Tree and hang lots of springy colored papers around. for some reason, a spring themed decorating scheme is appealing to me more so than an easter themed deco plan.

      you could maybe do a Green Thing! for st. paddy's day!

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