We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day and I don’t like spending a lot of time decorating our house for just one day. Fortunately, our wedding anniversary is only a couple of weeks after Valentine’s Day so I can kill two birds with one stone. This year, I made some simple Valentine’s Day art to mark both occasions.
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Valentine’s Day for us
Valentine’s Day is not that popular in Germany. In fact, a google search for “Valentinstag” focuses on the origins; the first florist appears on the 4th page. Add the fact that our wedding anniversary is only a couple of weeks later and neither Peter nor I really feel the need to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We might give each other a card and get some takeaway food, but that is about it.
I wanted to reflect this in my choice of art. It had to be simple, but I wanted to tailor it to reflect our relationship. It’s not just Valentine’s Day art; red and pink were not going to work. In effect, it is some simple wedding anniversary decor, which will also work for Valentine’s Day.
Choosing our colours and method
I considered making something in our wedding colours, but:
- Red and navy would not work as well with our decor
- We already had some wedding anniversary artwork (which incidentally served as the inspiration for some of this art – canvas embroidery is so easy!)
- I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and just went with what I already had available.
So, after raiding my craft cupboard, I came up with a selection of paints, buttons, embroidery threads, pompoms and material to use in colours that matched our decor. Who would have thought that they would be the predominant colours in craft colours?
Ideas for your own simple Valentine’s Day art
Looking for some inspiration for your hearts after raiding your craft supplies? Try some of these!
- Paint: uni-coloured, patterned, ombre, rainbow
- Fabric heart: glued on or stitched with contrasting or coordinating thread
- Buttons: full heart or button outline
- Stitched: outline, outlines or with a word (love) in it.
- Painted or stitched heart with a ribbon bow
- Ribbon border
- Pompom border (glued)
- Photo: glued or stitched on
What you need
- Small canvases, in the size and number that you wish. I used five 18 x 24 cm canvases; I found ours for less than EUR 2 per canvas at the supermarket.
- Heart stencil, to ensure your hearts are the same size
- Lead pencil
- Glue, paint, fabric, cotton thread (and needles), ribbon, buttons… whatever you have available
How to make them
The idea behind this simple Valentine’s Day art or wedding anniversary artwork is to ideally have a (small) number of hearts on canvases, each made a different way. How they are made will depend on what you have found in your craft supplies and how you have decided to make each heart.
- Prepare your stencil: choose a size that suits your canvas size and print it out on paper. Cut the heart out of the page, leaving the rest of the paper untouched, to create your stencil.
- Use the stencil to draw a heart on each canvas, taking care to set them at the same height.
- One heart at a time, use your paint, embroidery thread, fabric, etc. to outline and fill in your heart, to make your designs.
- To unify the canvases, and because I was not intending to frame them, I painted the sides of the canvas in coordinating colours.
How to hang your simple Valentine’s Day art
This has got me a little stumped. For the best effect, hang your canvases together, either in a line or a square. Naturally, this will depend on how many canvases you have and the space that you have to hang them.
I want to hang ours over our fireplace, where a large frame with artwork created by Miss M now leans. This artwork leans for a reason. Behind the frame is a large, black air vent. The canvases are not large enough to cover the vent.
I didn’t really anticipate framing the canvases. I had considered ‘mounting’ them on top of another frame or blank picture, but I am not sure.
Miss M decided to make some wedding anniversary artwork for us
Originally, I had intended to make six canvases and had buttons lined up to use for the final canvas. However, Miss M was home sick last week and was bored. When Miss M saw what I was doing, she wanted to make some, too.
Our little princess loves hearts and rainbows and decided that she wanted to have some of the canvases hung in her room. She thinks it will fit in with her room decor and I am inclined to agree with her. Who knows, perhaps we will do it, especially if I can’t find a way to hang the canvases over our mantle.
As I explained, Valentine’s Day is not really celebrated in Germany, so Miss M does not want to make simple Valentine’s Day art. Instead, she wants to create some wedding anniversary artwork as a present for Peter and me, to hang in our room.
Make some simple Valentine’s Day art to love up your home
Whether you call it simple Valentine’s Day art or wedding anniversary artwork or versatile heart art does not change the fact that this artwork is incredibly simple and cheap. You can tailor it to use what you already have available and to suit your decor. It takes next to no time and is cute and effective. Kids can make some too!