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!
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.