Colleen Ludovice is a lifestyle blogger and creative with a passion for photography, food, and all things DIY. After a business degree and a brief stint in the corporate world, she’s now pursuing what makes her truly happy — and inspiring others in the process! She shares her creative journey on her blog, Inspired to Share. You can learn more about her on BRIKA this week. Colleen shared this easy Valentine’s Day DIY with us.
Hi, BRIKA friends! I’m so excited to share a DIY project to make for Valentine’s Day. Somewhere in the middle of my love for jars and all things miniature, the idea of a love jar was born to make and give to your valentine.
Why not fill a jar with little handmade items to tell someone how much you love them? It can be simple, heartfelt and meaningful. I just love how it turned out! There are so many possibilities but here’s what I came up with…
First, here are the supplies you’ll need:
- a small jar
- pink and red card stock
- thick kraft paper
- red baker’s twine
- heart confetti hole punch
- heart template
- vintage dymo label maker
- regular scissors
- fabric scissors
- fabric of choice
- needle and thread
- pencil and pen
- a couple red feathers
- 1 wooden skewer
- 1 paper doily
- 1 match (bonus points for a heart shaped tip!)
- 1 small candle
- washi tape (preferable bright & pink!)
- hot-glue gun
- a small amount of wool roving (or other material to fill the sewn heart)
- Sweethearts (optional)
I filled my love jar with a few handmade items: a mini sewn fabric heart, cupid’s arrow, a typewritten message, as well as a match and a candle with sweet little puns (because I couldn’t resist). I’ll share full instructions below!
For the jar:
- Using a dymo label maker, attach a “Love Jar” label on the front of the jar.
- Fill the bottom of the jar with regular or heart-shaped confetti using a confetti hole punch and bright card stock.
For the arrow:
- Cut (using a knife or strong scissors) a wooden skewer to desired length in order to fit in the jar.
- Cut your red feathers into small pieces. Use a hot glue gun to attach feathers to one end of the arrow to create a “tail”.
- Then create two small, equal-sized hearts out of card stock using a heart template. Hot glue them to the other end of the arrow with the hearts pointing down to make a “tip”.
- Wrap the middle of the wooden skewer tightly with baker’s twine, adding a drop of hot glue on each end to secure it.
For the sewn heart:
- Using a heart template, trace two heart shapes with pencil on the back of your chosen fabric. Cut out hearts with fabric scissors.
- Using a needle and thread, sew little stitches around the heart, leaving a tiny edge. Fill the heart with wool roving and sew to close.
- Sew a small string coming from the top crease of the heart so that it hangs straight in the air.
- Cut the string to an appropriate length (to hang in your jar when closed) and attach the string with a small drop of hot glue on the lid.
For the typewritten message:
- Using a typewriter, computer, or pen and paper, write a meaningful quote or message, maybe something like, “I love you more than all the stars,” on a doily or small piece of paper.
- Roll up your message and tie it into a scroll with a small piece of twine.
For the match & candle:
I thought it would be fun to use simple objects to convey love. The options are endless!
- Attach both a match and a candle on either side of a piece of kraft card stock with washi tape.
- Then write messages like, “You’re my perfect (match)!” or “You light up my life!” around each object.
Lastly, place all of the items in your jar and give some love to your valentine! As you can imagine, there are so many different possibilities for things to fill a love jar. The point is to create something meaningful and handmade! I just adore this cute and sweet project and I hope you’re inspired to get creative!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- xoxo Colleen
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