My Valentine’s Day Vignette and a Fabric Rosette Heart Wreath tutorial


Hi all! Late evenings and early mornings are when I’m most creative or should I say, the only time I have to myself! Last night/this morning I decided that I wanted to create a Valentine’s Day Vignette.  If I had a mantel, this would be on there but I don’t (Boo hoo!) so my buffet/dresser serves as my mantel.  As I look back I don’t think I’ve ever really decorated for Valentine’s Day so “shopping the house” for this vignette was a little difficult.  I’m also not a big fan of red decor so the things I’m going to show you in the vignette are items used as a result of me just being super-duper resourceful.


So in my vignette, I have my awesome lanterns that I told you about in this post.  Ya know they really come in handy for holiday decorating, almost like an apothecary jar. Anyway, I went out to Wal-Mart yesterday trying to score some clearance merchandise from X-mas but they were pretty much wiped out . . . I ended up with four red pillar candles in a cinnamon scent for .37 and .67 cents for small and large and a container of gummy cinnamon heart candies to fill my apothecary jar. Sadly, that was it :(. 

So when I got home I thought, hmmmm I’m gonna need a wreath . . . so I searched the net for some ideas, that’s when I came across this post from Smashed Peas and Carrots for a fabric rose wreath tutorial. 


Go check it out, if you want a good tutorial, my tutorials aren’t that good because usually when I do something, I usually just wing it!

So this is what I did:

Grabbed a pizza box from the recycling . . .043

Drew a heart template on it- I like my hearts FAT!  045

The new addition to our family, Miley, wanted to help . . .


I cut it out (and saved the other pieces, cuz you never know when you’ll need a cardboard heart) 046

I folded it in half and cut out the middle


and this gave me my frame for my wreath-on the other tutorial she used a foam wreath for outdoor use, mine was going to be for indoors so the cardboard worked fine.


Next, I knew I would need some fabric, so I scoured the basement for anything with red, that’s when I found this old wool tree skirt.


Originally I wanted the wreath to be in all neutral tones, but when I found this, I thought it would be fun to cut right along the trim of the skirt to give the roses a two-toned effect.  I had also found an old red skirt, at this point anything red was up for grabs, lol.  I trimmed right along the hem of the red skirt as well (not pictured).





I trimmed the edge into about 1×4” pieces, and rolled each piece around my finger and hot glued them in place. 


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Then I pried the attack kitten off of my leg and glue gun cord . . .


Now I’ll be the first to admit that I have no patience, so I then began to cut the strips longer- to about 2×4” and then rolled them, glued them and then cut in half. This saved lots of time and work.


This gave me one red trimmed edge and one white one . . .


Then I got really smart and rolled a bunch of them, glued them, cut them and then glued them in place on my frame.

063 Then I found some red sheer ribbon to hang it by and cut to my desired length, then hot glued the ends together in a loop.


Next I glued the ribbon to the back-center of the heart. (In hindsight I would have painted/covered the cardboard frame or glued the roses to the printed side so the wording wouldn’t show- because I was planning on hanging it in front of a mirror.)






To add to my vignette, I wrapped the extra ribbon around my lampshade and and hot glued it into a bow and placed a rose in the center with hot glue.

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I also added a little heart graphic that I printed off of the computer and taped it to my plates. I’m rather pleased with the results and my kids were excited to see something different when they woke up this morning too!

Here’s a before pic (from Christmas)


and here’s an after


Don’t you love how I left my glue sticks there like a decoration . . . oops!

Linking to:

Transformation Thursday’s at the Shabby Chic Cottage

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  1. Valerie
    January 11, 2011 / 3:19 am

    I love the fabric heart,and I have tons of scrap fabric. Now just need to order a pizza…maybe after weight watchers tomorrow. 🙂

  2. AliLilly
    January 11, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    OH!!! I love this! You did great!! Have you been linking this to the parties??? You NEED too! I bet it would be a HUGE HIT! 🙂

  3. Blondie's Journal
    January 11, 2011 / 7:56 pm

    I love the dresser you are using for a mantel…it turned out just great. The lanterns are fabulous and CAN be used year round with different candles {great deal on your candles!}. The wreath is adorable…I love the texture. I wish I were more crafty, your directions are great but I am all thumbs! Maybe there will be a Valentines Day party you could join!XO,Jane

  4. Beth@The Stories of A2Z
    January 11, 2011 / 8:10 pm

    I love it! Your wreath is adorable! Thanks for linking up.

  5. Anonymous
    January 16, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    The wreath is so cute!

  6. AllieMakes!
    January 20, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Girly- This is AWESOME! Super Fabulous job! Love it!And I have to agree with Ami from AliLilly- You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday through Sunday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  7. AllieMakes!
    January 23, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    Just swingin' back to tell you that i will be featuring this tomorrow. So, drop by and grab a button!

  8. The Garden Gallery
    February 3, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Lots of fun things are happening as I try to get ready for spring!!!! LOVED reading your blog….I will continue to follow! I'm pretty new to all this blog business, but am having fun!!Enjoy your day!

  9. Meggie
    February 28, 2011 / 4:29 pm

    Oh, how much fun! Will done- I love how the lanterns can be switched up for all the holidays! 😉

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