5 dollar tree silhouette crafts for valentine's day

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? I decided that this year I'm going to spruce up my house with festive decor for each holiday. When thinking about seasonal decorations, you can easily blow through a lot of money. That's why I love visiting my local Dollar Tree.


They have really stepped up their craft selection over the past six months with their Crafter's Square products. When you're in the market for DIY supplies, there is no better place to shop than the Dollar Tree!


I went to Dollar Tree looking for items I could decorate for Valentine's Day. After a few laps around the store I settled on these items: a blank canvas, a wood picture frame, a glass vase, a cardboard hanging heart, and a 6 pack of wood planks. Along with these items I picked up some velvet roses, glitter heart picks, confetti picks, acrylic paint, sponge brushes, and paint trays.


5 Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Silhouette Crafts. Photos of four of the completed projects: Be My Valentine 3 plank sign, My Valentine has Paws picture frame, Loads of Love painted canvas, Love heart sign


Project 1: Love Door Hanger Sign


Supplies:

Chipboard Heart Sign

Magenta Acrylic Paint

White Acrylic Paint

Sponge Brush

Paint Tray

Love-Retro SVG Cut File

Oracal Permanent Vinyl in 3 colors - purple, teal, and white

Transfer Tape


Step 1: Remove the red ribbon.

Untie the knots and pull it through the hole. Set this aside to reattach later.


Step 2: Peel off the cardboard front.

I tried just ripping this off and it was hard to do, adding a little heat from an iron or heat press would probably make this a lot easier. Because I couldn't get the front clean I ended up peeling the price tag from the back and using it instead.


Step 3: Paint the cardboard

I started off by using my sponge brush and painting with pink. Turns out the chipboard is really dark and even after 2 coats of paint that darkness shows. I added a few coats of white paint to act as a primer and then painted 2 more coats of the pink. I let each coat of paint dry before adding another layer.


Step 4: Apply the vinyl

I cut the 3 layers of the design using orcal permanent vinyl. I added registration marks to my layers so I could easily align them on top of each other. I layered the vinyl before applying it to the heart. I used clear cricut transfer tape for this project but it was too sticky and ended up peeling off some of the paint. I recommend using a low tack transfer tape when working with painted projects, I had run out.


Step 5: Touch up the paint

I went back and touched up the paint areas that got peeled off. You can still see where I made the touch ups when looking up close. But nothing handmade is perfect!


Step 6: Tie the ribbon

Thread the ribbon back through the holes and tie a few knots on the back. Now you're ready to hand this one to display!



Project 2: My Valentine Has Paws Picture Frame

A red picture frame with a heart shaped photo of a dog's face on the left side of the frame. One the right side of the frame it reads my valentine has paws with hearts and paw prints in white vinyl. The picture frame is styled with a succulent sitting to the left of it.

Supplies:

Picture Frame

Pet Photo

Very Berry Acrylic Paint

White Orcal Permanent Vinyl

Transfer Tape

My Valentine Has Paws SVG Cut File


Step 1: Paint the frame

Using Very Berry acrylic paint and a sponge brush, paint with the grain. I added a few coats of paint and also did the edges and the stand. I left the photo place holder in while painting, but it probably would have been easier to remove it first.


Step 2: Add the photo

I printed out a 4x6 inch photo of my dog, Scout, on high gloss photo paper. Next, trace the photo place holder onto the photo using a pencil. Following the pencil line, cut the photo to fit the opening. Place the photo in the opening and add the backing.


Step 3: Apply the vinyl

I cut My Valentine Has Paws SVG cut file from white permanent vinyl. Using transfer tape, apply the design to the front of the frame.


Step 4: Stand it up

Place the wood doll into the hole at the base of the frame back. This angles the frame so it will stand on its own. Now display the frame for everyone to see!



Project 3: Valentine's Day Vase

A glass vase filled with wine corks. There are red velvet roses, valentines day themed confetti picks and red and pink glitter heart shaped picks coming out the top of the vase. On the vase is a red vinyl decal of a heart and it says the word love on it.

Supplies:

Vase

Velvet Roses

Glitter Heart Picks

Confetti Picks

Wine Corks

Love Hearts SVG

Red Permanent Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Rubbing Alcohol

Cloth


Step 1: Prepare the vase

Apply rubbing alcohol to the glass and wipe with a clean cloth. This takes off any dirt, grime and fingerprints so the vinyl will stick better.


Step 2: Apply the vinyl

Lay the vase down on the cloth and notice where it starts to taper. Apply the vinyl on the straightest part of the vase. For this vase that is near the bottom. When applying vinyl to a curved surface it is best to go slow and use the least tapered area as possible. Not all shapes will work on a curved, tapered surface.


Step 3: Cut the flowers and picks to size

Add the roses and picks to the vase. Determine how tall you want everything and use a pair of pliers to cut off the excess. I like to stagger the heights for a full looking vase.


Step 4: Attach picks to the roses

For more depth use green floral tape to wrap some of the heart picks to the roses. Fluff out the picks and flowers to your liking.


Step 5: Add the wine corks

I didn't like how empty the vase looked so I decided to add some wine corks to go with my dining room decor. Pull everything out of the vase and place a few wine corks at the bottom. Then put everything back in the vase and add more corks around the stems in an attempt to hide them.


Step 6: Fluff and tweak

This step can go as fast or as slow as you're willing. Fluff out the roses, spread out the confetti picks. Add more heart picks and roses to fill in the gaps. For my vase I used 2 packs of heart picks, 2 confetti picks, and 12 felt roses.



Project 4: 3 Tier Sign

A 3 tiered wood plank sign painted red. The sign is held together with twine. There is white vinyl on the planks reading be my valentine with 3 hearts.

Supplies:

3 Planks

Twine

Hot Glue

Holiday Red Acrylic Paint

White Permanent Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Be My Valentine SVG Cut File


Step 1: Paint the planks

Paint the fronts and sides of each plank going with the grain of the wood.


Step 2: Apply the vinyl

Cut out the Be My Valentine SVG using white permanent vinyl on your cutting machine. Then use transfer tape and center each portion of the design on a plank and remove the transfer tape.


Step 3: Add the twine

Measure out 16 inches of twine and double it for each side. Tie a knot in one end of the twine and then hot glue that knot to the top of the lowest plank. Leave a one inch gap of twine showing and then hot glue the twine to the bottom of the next plank and also to the top. Repeat this with the top plank. The leftover twine can be tied in a knot leaving a loop at the top for hanging.



Project 5: Painted Canvas

A canvas with the background painted teal, purple and pink in thirds. On that is a white old truck with hearts coming out of the trunk and under the truck reads loads of love. The canvas is styled on a white table next to a succulent.

Supplies:

Canvas

White Acrylic Paint

Turquoise Acrylic Paint

Twinkle Pink Acrylic Paint

Sponge Brushes

Stencil Vinyl

Loads of Love SVG Cut File

Transfer Tape


Step 1: Prime the canvas

Using a sponge brush, give the canvas a good coating of white paint. This is what will show through under the stencil.


Step 2: Apply the vinyl

Cut the Loads of Love SVG from stencil vinyl and use transfer tape to apply it to the canvas.


Step 3: Paint the canvas

Paint 1/3 of the canvas with each of the 3 colors. Be sure to apply multiple thin coats to prevent seepage under the stencil.


Step 4: Remove the stencil

Let the paint try a bit, but not fully and then peel away the stencil. Carefully lift the stencil pieces from the canvas aiming to get crisp lines.


Step 5: Fix the imperfections

Use a fine point paint brush to paint more white where the colors ran. It might take a few coats to cover the colored paint.


Step 6: Let it dry

If you're an impatient person like me, take a heat tool or hair dryer to the canvas to help it dry. Otherwise let it sit overnight before putting it out on display.


Check out the video below for the full tutorial for all 5 of these projects.



Happy Crafting!

With Love,

Crafty Christie

 

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