Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Decor and My Top Tulip Tips

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Hello friends, it’s February and I’m feeling the love! Although Valentine’s Day has now come and gone, I wanted to share some simple ways I added Valentine’s Day touches to our home this year. I don’t decorate a whole lot for Valentine’s Day, but incorporating a few simple touches really brings some warmth and festivity into our space, especially during these cold winter months. Let’s get into it.

Kyle and I had some fun making this little garland. Sure I could have picked up a cheap little garland at the store— but where’s the fun in that?🥰 This is a great craft to do with little ones. I think Kyle had more fun kneading and rolling the dough than anything else!

Salt dough ornaments/garland

Here’s a simple recipe and instructions (for a small batch, but can be doubled):

1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1/2 C warm water
Heart Shaped cookie cutters

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
2. Gradually add the water while mixing until the dough forms. You may not need all of the water so add it gradually until the dough is smooth, not too dry or too sticky.
3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and easy to work with.
4. Roll it out to your desired thickness.
5. Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes Make a small hole at the top of each ornament with a skewer or straw for hanging later.
6. Preheat your oven to 250°F. Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake the ornaments for about 1- 2 hours or until they are completely hardened. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
8. Allow them to cool completely before decorating.

9. String them together to form a charming garland to hang across your kitchen window as we did, or across your mantel or bare wall.


Kyle wanted to express his creativity and used acrylic paint to decorate his.  I liked mine plain.

Love the subtle nod to Valentine’s Day. Especially paired with the pale pink tulips (below).  I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE tulips and prefer them over roses any day.  Nothing brings out the hope for spring like tulips to me, so I always like to incorporate them into my Valentine’s decor.  Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorite tips for longer-lasting tulips.

My go-to Tips for Happy Tulips:

1. Trim an inch off at an angle and put them in lukewarm water

2. Change the water every few days, to keep it fresh.

3. Perk them up with a Penny: If your tulips start drooping, add a penny to the vase and/or trim the ends again.

From this post q cookie decorating party . . . 


Use glass apothecary jars to display holiday-themed candy.

Conversation hearts, cinnamon hearts, heart-shaped gummies in a pretty glass jar or dish, is a perfect way to incorporate the holiday, with little investment and waste.

Incorporate small flower and candle vignettes:


With these easy DIY decor ideas, you can infuse your home with love and charm for any holiday. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, enjoying a cozy evening, or simply seeking to spread joy throughout your space, these easy decorating ideas are sure to create lasting memories.

I’ve also rounded up a few kitchen items (or similar) that I’ve loved using for the holiday:

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