Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Valentines Day Decor

With less than a month to go until Valentines Day here are some ideas:

Romantic Candles
Set the mood this Valentine's Day with these romantic heart candles.

Tools and Materials:
Heart-shaped craft punches in various sizes
Sheet wax
Pillar candleCandle


1. Punch hearts from a sheet of wax using heart-shaped craft punches.

2. While holding a single wax heart with chopsticks, heat the pillar candle and wax heart using a blow-dryer (this will soften the wax heart, causing it to adhere to the candle).

3. Repeat Heart-
this process until you have attached the desired number of hearts to the candle.

From Martha Stewarts Website... Watch the video on how to!

Shaped Soap
Stamped soaps, inspired by candy conversation hearts, are great gifts for friends. Put in cellophane bags tied with tags; adorn with glitter.

Tools and Materials:

Nonstick 9-inch square pan

Heart-shape cookie cutter

Glass measuring cup

Glycerin soapBench scraper

Soap colorant or food coloring

Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

Cutting board

Needlenose pliers

1/8-inch metal letter stamps

Masking tape


We used a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores-to make 16 hearts.

1. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you'll need, fill pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount; discard water.

2. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you've reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

3. Let harden at room temperature, 2 hours. Freeze 10 minutes.

4. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Create soaps with cookie cutter; pull cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.

Also From Martha Stewart...and here is the How to video!

Heart Wreath with Scrapbooking Paper

From the Home & Family Network website... The How To!

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