DIY // Five Minute XOXO Valentine’s Day Art for the Home

February 11, 2016

DIY Home Decor Valentine Art

Adding a little homemade detail to your Valentine’s Day decor doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating.  This Valentine’s Day Art takes less than 5 minutes, and is a great way to add some Valentine festivities to your Home Decor.

Placing extra touches of love around your home creates some excitement and helps to share the love.  As long as you can cross your X’s and circle your O’s than you can create this DIY work of art!   It is simple to make, and you can get creative as you want with the color combos,  I loved this color combo from the Acrylic Paint Set form the Hand Made Modern Brand from Target.

Valentine DIY Art Supplies
You will need to gather some supplies:-

Target Hand Made Modern Acrylic Paint Set

Step One
Decide on your colors and what order you want them to go.

Step Two
Place the Art Paper under the mat, and secure it with tape.  Keep the spacing in mind so that you have enough room.

Step by Step Instructions for Valentine's Day DIY Art

Step by Step Instructions for Valentine's Day DIY Art via Armelle Blog

Step by Step Instructions for Valentine's Day DIY Art via Armelle Blog
Step Three
Paint your X’s and O’s

Step by Step Instructions for Valentine's Day DIY Art via Armelle Blog
Step Four
Allow to dry and place in a frame.
Set up in your home, and share the love!

DIY Home Decor Valentine Art
This would be great hung on a wall in a big huge frame, or set aside some tabletop Valentine’s Day decorations. You really can make it to any size you wish to fit your needs!

Well, there you have it!  As easy as painting some X’s and O’s, but makes a big statement!

I love adding a few touches of holiday decor around the house to help get me into the Holiday Spirit, and this DIY is so simple, anyone could be an artist!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

All photos by me.

Minted // How to throw a Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Party

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

My little first grader Norah just LOVES anything to do with a party.  So, we decided to invite her classmates over for a little Valentine’s heart cookie decorating party.  She was in heaven helping me plan out all the details.  When I throw a party, I used to hand make every last detail, which was fun for me, but so time consuming.  This time, I wised up, and order some cute Valentine’s party decor from Minted.

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Minted has a great selection of party decor by theme.  The Valentine’s selection is really cute, and we went with the Ombre Love party decor.  You can customize your party package, and change the signs according to what you need for your party.  It was so easy to customize her party, with custom signs, banners, garland, straws, place cards, stickers, flags, table confetti.  So many cute details!   It was so nice to be able to have most of the party ready to go and delivered from Minted from their party decor line, even the plates, straws, and napkins came in the party pack we ordered!  This made it so convenient and easy!

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Party Via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

I thought it would be easiest to set up a place for each girl with their own frosting and sprinkles to avoid sharing any germs, since kids at their age tend to lick the knife. I made it easy, and ordered some heart shaped Valentine sugar cookies from Harmons Grocery, and made the buttercream frosting.  I bought various Valentines sprinkles, and some Valentine candy to decorate the cookies.  The girls had a good time decorating their cookies, and eating them!  For the girls who wanted to bring them home, we placed them in the bags that came with the party favors from Minted.

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Minted Valentine's Day Garland and Hello Maypole Felt Ball Garland via Armelle Blog

Felt Ball Garland and Minted Party Decor

I made a garland with the circle garlands from Minted, and used some Hello Maypole felt balls to string up some felt ball garlands on my mantle.  I just used some bakers twine and a fine point needle and string the felt balls to the size I needed.

Minted Valentine's Day Garland and Hello Maypole Felt Ball Garland via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Bingo Game for Kids via Armelle Blog

I found these cute Valentine Bingo cards at Target, and instead of the pieces, we used little heart candies for the bingo pieces.  The girls loved playing the bingo game, and we gave out a few Valentine themed prizes for the lucky winners!

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

Valentine's Day Heart Sugar Cookie Decorating Party for little Girls via Armelle Blog

It is so much fun that my little lady enjoys party planning just as much as her mama!  It was so fun to plan, and work on this little party with my girl, and even more fun to watch her enjoy it with all of her friends.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

All photos by me.

Minted // Non-Candy Classroom Valentines

February 10, 2016

Rubik's Cube Classroom Valentine's Day Cards

With Class Valentine’s Day Parties just around the corner, I wanted to share with you some ideas for some Non-Candy Classroom Valentine’s that my kids are giving out this year.  I knew it would be a busy time of the year, so this year I decided to make it easy and order them from Minted.  Minted has such a cute selection of Classroom Valentine’s, and you can come up with so many ideas on what to pair them with.

Here are a few things I paired up with the Minted Classroom Valentine’s for my kids.

Rubik's Cube Classroom Valentine's Day Cards

I love the Geo Heart Foil Valentine Card by Ana Sharpe.  My favorite part about this Minted Card was that I was able to customize it to what I needed, and change the font to my liking.  I ended up putting, “I think You’re Brilliant!”  on the card.  I thought that was a cute card to add a little mini Rubik’s cube (puzzle cube favor) that I found at Zurcher’s Party store.  My little Norah is so excited to give them out to her class!

Non-Candy Minted Classroom Valentine's Day Cards

Ezra my third grader is quite the little sports lover.  He loves Football, so this “All Star” Valentine from Minted was the perfect option!  We paired it with a little mini football bouncy ball for his classmates.  I loved the optional print on the back side of the card too.  It was fun to customize each card with little details.

Non-Candy Minted Classroom Valentine's Day Cards

Soccer Ball Valentine's Day Cards

My little Thomas is a pre-schooler, and he is becoming quite the soccer fan.  I loved these For Kicks classroom Valentine’s from Minted that say “I get a KICK out of You!”  I found some cute soccer ball hacky sacks at Zurcher’s Party store that were perfect to pair with the little soccer ball Valentine’s.

Soccer Ball Valentine's Day Cards

I absolutely loved all the options that Minted had for Classroom Valentine’s, and it was so nice and convenient to customize and order them!

Happy “Class” Valentine’s!