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DIY Crafts: Four Incredibly Easy Valentine's Decorations

Updated on January 29, 2014

So for whatever reason, you're looking to do some ridiculously easy Valentine's Day crafts. Maybe you don't want anything too complicated or messy. Maybe you're looking for crafts for the kids to do. Maybe your hands just can't art.

Regardless, these crafts are incredibly easy to do. They require little to no cleanup and can be done in minutes. To complete these four crafts, all you'll really need is yarn, scrapbook paper, and tissue paper.

The best part? Although they're simple and quick, they're still cute and festive.

Yarn-wrapped Candles

This is pretty self-explanatory. I went to the store, picked up some red and pink/white yarn. I got the yarn for pretty cheap, around $2 a ball.

Find yourself some candles in glass containers, and make sure the container stands straight up vertically. This clearly won't work if your candle holder slants in or out - the yarn will just slide off! Take your yarn and wrap it around the candle, and secure it with glue or tape. BAM, festive.

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3D Paper Hearts

These are so easy to make. You'll need pretty paper, double-stick tape, and scissors. Basically, you cut out a bunch of hearts. I've included the basic outline I used above. Then, you pinch them at the top using your thumb and middle finger - while pushing down with your pointer finger.

Use double stick tape to secure the fold together - the middle of the heart should puff out, making it 3D! They're really cute too. Just cut out a bunch of different sizes and you can scatter them like flower petals.


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Paper Rosettes

Here's where it gets a little more complicated. Once you get the folding pattern down, you can pump these out pretty quickly.

Cut a long, skinny piece of paper. Dimensions don't really matter, but if you're looking for somewhere to start, mine was about 14x1 centimeters. Wider strips will make bigger rosettes.

Start off holding the bottom of the strip - about 2 centimeters from the bottom. If you want a stem on your rosette, start a little further up. Then, fold the paper away from you, at about a 120 degree angle. It doesn't have to be exact, but you mostly just want an obtuse angle.

In the photo, you can see the first angle. It starts to look confusing, but if you keep folding at the same angle, you're in good shape. The paper will start to fold in a circle, appearing as the petals on a rose.

Keep folding in this pattern until you've reached the end of the strip. Tape it to the back of the rosette.

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Tissue Paper Roses

A Different Method

Another easy craft - tissue paper roses. All you need is a sheet of tissue paper.

Cut the sheet in half, and fold one of the long edges over about an inch. Then, flip the sheet over. Fold the same bit back over, this time about a centimeter. Now, you're ready to wrap.

Begin by taking the end you just folded - with the small fold out - and wrapping it around your pointer finger. Wrap it all the way around, and then around your middle finger. Wrap it around again, and then add your ring and pinky fingers, respectively.

When you've run out of fingers, Take your other hand and pinch the tissue, about 2 inches down from the top. Slide your fingers out, and it should begin to look like a rose!

Twist the tissue paper to form a stem. When you're about halfway down the stem, pull up one of the bottom corners to make a leaf. Continue twisting until you reach the bottom of the tissue paper.

That's it! This craft will take about 2-3 minutes per rose. And, you'll be able to make plenty if you have one package of tissue paper.

Looking for More?

Hopefully, you found these crafts easy to do - if not, please do let me know. Roses can be a bit tricky at first, but once you've done a couple, it's as easy as the yarn-wrapped candle.

If you've mastered these simple decorations, try out some of my other crafts! Still looking for Valentine's decor? Check out this tutorial for a DIY heart garland. It's actually really easy as well, but it requires a bit more materials. I've also got an instructional on a tissue paper pompom garland!

If you've got a gift that needs wrapping, I've got a few methods for you. Look at this article on several DIY ways to wrap Valentine's gifts!

I'm constantly trying out new things, so keep your eyes open for more craft tutorials!

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    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Lovely and simple. Thanks for sharing these. Voted up and more.

    • a beautiful mess profile imageAUTHOR

      Alex Rose 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you all! Glad you'll be trying them out!

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great article and great crafts for this Valentine's Day! We're going to make good use of these this holiday. Thanks!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      This would make a great craft for teens. I especially like the paper rosettes and tissue paper roses. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up ++ and pinning.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      These are pretty and I love the paper 3d hearts. Great for kids too.

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