I'm going for simple projects this Valentine's season – projects that also dispel the myth that only pink and red are good for the holiday. There are other colors that also work, like aqua . . . in my humble opinion. For My Aqua Valentine I've tried to keep my projects a bit more simple, and so far, so good. One of my favorites that I've done is this love arrow 14 valentine wreath. With a little typography action. Because I love typography.
I also used a surprising ingredient (no, not baker's twine). I have to give credit to my friend Julie Lewis for showing me how to use it . . . keep reading to find out what it is.
Gather These Supplies
Green floral wreath, 10″ (or a white one will work)
Mod Podge Matte
Martha Stewart acrylic paint – Metallic Gold, Wedding Cake
FolkArt acrylic paint – Aqua
Wood circle – 2″
Wood dowel rod – 3/16″ and at least 16″ long
Something to saw the dowel, something to sand it
Baker's twine – turquoise
Paintbrush – a flat brush and also a detail brush
The number “14” printed out in the font of your choice to fit the wood circle
and . . . .
white craft foam!! (the secret ingredient)
Spend some time painting your wreath form. Because turning green to white will take time! I probably should have used white primer first, but I didn't have some on me. So if you don't either, just expect to do several coats.
While the paint is drying, cut the dowel rod to fit and then sand the ends. I used an X-Acto to cut which I don't recommend.
Once you get the holes big enough, push the dowel through to get the “stuff” in the holes out of there. Then touch up around the edges with white paint because you might be able to see a bit of green.
Here's where the FOAM comes in! It's the arrowhead and tail pieces. Can you believe it? Thanks Julie! Draw an arrowhead and two tail pieces, then cut out with scissors or a craft knife.
Click on the pic above to visit more aqua Valentine's Day projects (okay, not all aqua, but shades of it).