I love books! In this day in age when so many are reading books on Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, you will find me curled up in a cozy spot in my house with a traditional paper book. The library just so happens to be one of my very favorite places on the Earth! I think that is why my eyes are drawn to creative projects made from book pages.
Several years ago I made this pretty little book page banner to hang across my mantle for Valentine’s Day and I have reused it several years in a row because I love it so much! To make one of your own, you will need a book that you don’t mind cutting up (I bought mine from the Dollar Tree). You will also need scrapbooking paper in several colors or patterns. I went with a black, red, and off white theme. Grab a couple of buttons and some twine and you are all set.
I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut the L O V E letters, but made my own template for the large and small hearts. The book pages are 6 inches long by 4 inches wide. This gives you enough length to fold the top over to hang them on the twine and to cut a 1 1/2 inch triangle out of the bottom of each. For my banner, I stapled the individual book page pieces over the twine and then glue the hearts on after to cover the stapes. For the LOVE portion, I lined the staples up with one of the words to “hide” it as much as possible.
If you love creating banners for your own home, check out my tutorial on How to Make a Pennant Banner.
If you are looking for some other simple and fun Valentine ideas, here are some links you will enjoy.
Valentine Paper Garlands
Valentine Craft for Kids: Cookie Cutters and Paint
Valentine Words of Affirmation for Kids
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Paper garlands have become one of my absolute favorite DIY decorations. They are simple to create, inexpensive, and they are perfect for everything from holiday decor to birthday parties. These elegant heart and circle garlands will add a little bit of love to your home for Valentine’s Day. Watch my tutorial for some tips on how to make some of your own.
For my hearts and circles, I used the Cricut Expression 2, but if you do not have a Cricut, you can simply cut hearts and circles out of card stock. I used 3 different colors of card stock, plain white, and a shiny gold & red that I purchased from the Dollar Tree. Sometimes, when I make paper garlands, I use my sewing machine, but for these, I just used a needle and white thread. I wanted to be able to space them out, so this gave me the option to slide them along the thread and place them where I wanted to.
Some friends of mine gave me this beautiful old window, which made the perfect backdrop to display a collection of Valentine Paper Garlands. Happy Valentine’s Day from Kerri Creates!
I have had this huge stack of cork tiles in my son’s room for several years… just sitting there… taking up space! So this week, I finally decided to do something fun with them! I created a geometric bulletin board for my 10 year old son’s bedroom wall and I am so happy with the way it turned out. It was a bit tricky getting the right cut to create the octagons, but with a little help from my husband, (who measured and cut the template for me) I was on my way. A couple of coats of paint and some command strips later, and these cork tiles became a really cool memo board for my son to pin up a “few of his favorite things.”
Watch my tutorial on how to create your own Octagon Memo Board. This would be perfect in a bedroom, a dorm room, or an office.
Here are a couple of tips:
Use different textures of paint for contrast
Paint at least 2 coats on each octagon
Leave some octagons unpainted
Lay out your tiles on the ground and play around with different configurations before hanging them up
Use command strips to hang each tile on the wall
Also featured in this video is a collection of my son’s amazing origami creations, strung up across the top of the Octagon Bulletin Board. He has spent hours making these incredible creations, one intricate fold after another. I love seeing them all on display in his bedroom. For those of you who love origami, check out MicahsToyReviews to learn how to make some origami creations of your own.
Today I’m introducing a new series on Kerri Creates called “Craft Time with Karis.” So many of my crafting inspirations have to do with my kids, so I thought it would be fun to bring my daughter in as my little crafting sidekick! She’s always up for an art project and I love providing creative opportunities for her.
“Craft Time With Karis” debuts with a simple and inexpensive Valentine Craft that we put together with a few things we already had around our house…cookie cutters, paint, and paper bags. Enjoy this little video tutorial we created, and subscribe to our youtube channel for up and coming “Craft Time With Karis” videos.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to be intentional about expressing our love in creative ways to our children. So why save it all for one day? Take the beginning of February and create an “affirmation heart chain” for each of your children. Hang it on their bedroom doors and write a word or phrase affirming something uniquely wonderful about who they are on one heart, each day, leading up to Valentine’s Day.
I will never forget the first time we did this with our kids. It made getting up each morning a little more pleasant. You could see the joy on their faces as they read the words written just for them. I would even catch them reading down the list several times a day.
To make this a bit easier for me to stick to (as we all know how busy life gets), I like to print out a list of 14 words or phrases of affirmation for each of my kids before February 1st. I cut them up and put them in baggies. Then I just glue one on each of their hearts before I go to bed every night.
Pennant Banners are one of the most simple sewing projects and can add pops of color to any room or front porch. They can be used as a party decoration, on a mantle or mirror during the holidays, or in a child’s room. They can be made out of paper, material, or burlap. The possibilities are endless! I have made various kinds of pennant banners for many occasions. For this post, I’m featuring the most recent one I made for a friend of mine, but I’m also including one of my most popular youtube video tutorials on how to make a pennant banner.
With Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks away, you may want to make your own version of this LOVE Pennant Banner to hang on your mantle! After watching my tutorial on How to Make A Pennant Banner, you will need a couple of additional steps to add letters to your banner.
You will need to purchase a package of light Seam A Seam 2 from your local fabric store. Find a font you like on your computer. Print your letters in the size you want them to be on your banner. Cut out the letters. Turn your letters over and trace them onto a sheet of the Seam A Seam. Peal the bottom off and adhere to the fabric you have chosen for your letters. Iron over the top to attach the Seam A Seam to your fabric. Cut out the letters, following the lines you initially traced. Peel the backing off. Your fabric letters should now be slightly tacky on the back. Position them on your banner exactly as you want them. Iron them for about 20 -30 seconds one at a time. Your banner is now complete. For a more in depth tutorial on how to use the Seam A Seam to attach letters to fabric, watch my Advent Bags Tutorial.
My friend decided to use this pennant banner for her daughter’s nursery. It just so happened to work perfectly with the colors she chose and I am so thrilled to see it hanging up in this precious baby girl’s bedroom.