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)
Here are all the goodies. Well, most of them.
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.
Poke holes in your wreath with some sort of pokey tool. A stylus will work if it’s thin enough – I used a mechanical pencil. It has to be big enough to insert the dowel through.
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.
So here’s the “14″ I wanted to use. I recommend a circus-y font. Because they are cool looking. You can do a web search for one and easily find a font just like this.
Paint your wood circle with aqua and let it dry.
Now you will transfer the “14″ to the wood circle using transfer paper. Place the paper shiny side down on top of the circle, then tape the 14 on top of it. Use the stencil to trace the outlines.
See? The 14 is transferred, and now you can paint it! It will take a bit, but just be patient. Fill in the 14 with white paint, and make sure to use a detail brush.
While you are waiting for the 14 to dry, wrap the wreath with baker’s twine. Glue the ends to the back.
Mod Podge the wood circle to seal (now that it’s dry). You can seal the wreath as well, so that if something touches it, the white paint doesn’t chip off and show 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.
Paint the pieces gold. Can you believe you can paint craft foam? I know!
Glue the arrow pieces to the dowel and the circle to the wreath. Let everything dry for 24 hours before hanging.
Very simple, very modern. I love.
Click on the pic above to visit more aqua Valentine’s Day projects (okay, not all aqua, but shades of it).