Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday to decorate for (of course Christmas is my favorite.) I love a good DIY Valentine’s Day decoration. For holiday decor my two go-to places are Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar Spot. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Target has so many cute things that are all ready to go and a few things you can add a little vinyl to take it to the next level.
Take it to the Next Level
I picked up two items in the Dollar Spot, I knew I could make a little more special with my Cricut and some vinyl.
This heart plaque originally had a very small piece of twine strung through the holes. It was way too short to hang the heart with, so I cut it off. The ombre effect is more pronounced in the photo, in person the lighter shade of pink is hardly noticeable. The gold trim around the heart is a great detail, and I knew a little gold vinyl would really make the trim pop. I couldn’t believe my luck when the gold vinyl I had at home was a perfect match to the gold trim on the heart!
A search through Cricut Design Space revealed a cute “XOXO” image that would complete my project. But even with my paid Design Space subscription, the image was still $1.99. In the grand scheme of things $1.99 isn’t much, but I still didn’t want to pay it on top of my monthly subscription. I spent a few minutes scrolling through the fonts included in my subscription, and what do you know, I found nearly the same font for free!
To ensure my image was the right size, I inserted a heart shape into Design Space and made it the same dimensions as the plaque and I even made the color the same. This allows me to see exactly how the vinyl will look on the finished project.
I replaced the useless twine with some cute Dollar Tree Valentine’s ribbon, and my $3.00 Target find looks like a much more expensive piece.
This next one I forgot to take a picture of before I started painting. Just too excited, I guess. It is about 12″ in diameter, made of MDF and had a wood look. If you look closely, you can see the “grain” through the paint. This piece proved a little more problematic.
Previously, I posted about using HTV on wood. Read it here. I had problems getting HTV to adhere to this. I think it may be due to the fact that it is MDF and not wood (just a guess not sure.) My first attempt left a mark from the EasyPress and the vinyl would not stick.
Initially, I tossed this aside, thinking it was a lost cause. A couple of days later, I noticed the vinyl was curling up, so I stuck a weeding tool under it, and it peeled off easily. A few more coats of pink paint and I was back in business!
Due to issues with the HTV, I used regular vinyl the second time. It was a little hard to get it to stick, but with lots of smoothing it seems to have adhered pretty well.
Dollar Tree Finds
This little metal mailbox is my favorite Dollar Tree find. The red candlestick, I purchased years ago at the Dollar Tree and it was shoved in the back of kitchen cabinet. Then I got a great idea. Why not combine the two?
It looks so cute on my mantle. If you can’t find them at your local dollar store, you can purchase similar ones on Amazon.
Because Every Holiday Needs Some Disney
Full disclosure-nothing from this next project was purchased at the Dollar Store or Target, but I can’t decorate for Valentine’s Day without paying homage to the most romantic couple of all time-Mickey and Minnie
I am a little obsessed with the reverse canvas technique. Find out how to do this in my post about it. I did pick up these canvas on clearance supper cheap in packs of two at Hobby Lobby. I believe I paid $4.99 for two 8 x 10 canvases. A deal like that can certainly be included in a post about decorating on a budget!