Fast and Crafty Valentine's Day Party Ideas

A plain wooden heart form is the only decoration you’ll need to throw a super-crafty Valentine’s Day party.

When it comes to Christmas decorations, I have an entire corner of my basement dedicated to my green-and-red accessory collection. But somehow for Valentine’s Day I have just one small shoebox filled with some favorite cards I’ve kept and a few candy dishes. And, as timing would have it, I made this discovery just a few short weeks before the big day itself and the various Valentine crafting nights I have scheduled.

With the quick turnover of holidays at the craft supply store, I didn’t see many supply options available to me besides a stack of plain wooden heart forms. But then it dawned on me - this simple shape had many possibilities when paired with the right component for my upcoming craft nights. Take a look at just a few ways you can turn this plain shape from the craft store or your own jigsaw into a part of your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Party Need: A New Table Runner

Quick Fix: Oversized Conversation Hearts

I’ve had a Cameo Silhouette cutting machine for a few years now and it’s become a favorite paper crafting tool of mine, especially when delicate letters or shapes are needed as part of a project. If you have a similar tool, find a font that catches your eye and think back to your favorite candy conversation heart saying. (For those of you who loved “FAX ME,” you’re not alone!) Cut out your phrase of choice and apply to a heart form, that’s painted with your color choice, and add a coat of Mod Podge. Let the sealant dry and add a second coat to make sure the paper letters are secure. Create several hearts and stagger them down a dining room table to create a no-sew alternative to a fabric table runner.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a cutting machine like the Silhouette. The scrapbook aisle of most craft stores features a wide selection of die-cut letters and words that will work just as well.

Party Need: A Message Board

Quick Fix: Hot Pink Chalkboard Message Center

Chalkboard paint isn’t just black these days. From aqua to dove gray, chalkboard paints now come in a variety of colors from just about every paint manufacturer. I found hot pink chalkboard paint by FolkArt and knew it would be the perfect medium to transform one of my heart forms into a chalkboard to greet my guests with upon arrival. Depending on where you want to place a piece like this, a trip to the hardware store for screw eyes can turn this decoration into a hanging center.

Party Need: A Kid-Friendly Activity

Quick Fix: Folk-Inspired Tic-Tac-Toe

For younger guests headed to my Valentine craft night, I like to have a set of activities just for them to enjoy. After I painted my remaining heart shape gray, I cut 1.5” squares from a piece of Paper Source’s fine-paper collection and adhered to the front of the heart with a thin application of Mod Podge. Small heart shapes in two colors act as the game pieces for a Valentine’s Day game of tic-tac-toe toward the end of the party.

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