Note from Lindsay: I’d like to welcome Lindsay (there are two of us now!) from The White Buffalo Styling Co. as a new contributor to Makely! Lindsay is one of those gals that has such a relaxed, yet stylish vibe that I feel like her work should be in shelter magazines. I met her at a blogging conference last year and have been stalking her ever sense then. I am incredibly excited to have her on board, and I can’t wait to see what she shares with us each month. Welcome, Lindsay!
I am ecstatic to be a new contributor on Lindsay’s blog! I first met Lindsay at Haven last year and immediately felt like I had a new, great friend. Y’all, she’s so nice and seriously funny! I so admire her fearless style of decorating and liberal use of color. I was thrilled when she asked me to join on as a regular contributor here. Thanks so much for having me, Lindsay!
Now onto today’s tutorial: the easiest DIY Modern Valentine’s Art ever.
I hear ya. This has no red, pink, hearts, or cupids. It is positively not Valentine’s. Hang in there and let me explain.
I always hear mixed reviews of Valentine’s Day. Some love it and welcome the chance for a little extra romance and chocolate. Some say it’s gone overboard and is so commercialized.
I’ve always been somewhere in between. I love what it represents, but am not a heart and cupid kind of gal. I have nothing against it and actually think all of that is pretty fun, especially for kids. I’ve never decorated for the holiday, but we still do something special and write a little card.
This year, my husband Chris and I were talking about what we might want to do. Some years, we surprise each other. Other years, we plan something fun together. And Chris said something that really struck a chord with me. He was talking about the commercialized holiday and said, “You know, it’s really just about celebrating us, period.”
I was thinking over that later and inspiration struck. It’s finally time for me to jump on the Valentine’s decor band wagon. I wasn’t necessarily opposed to red or pink, but I wanted something that fit my style and home. I was picturing something that had Valentine’s meaning for me, but might be something that I would want to leave up year round. I mean, who doesn’t need a little reminder of what your relationship is really about on a daily basis?
Here’s how to create your own:
Canvas – I came across this black and white storage box at Target and thought, “That lid would be a perfect canvas for my project!”
Scrapbook Paper – I chose some gold glitter to pop against the black and white.
Tape or Glue
How to Make Your Own:
1. Write your Letters – I wanted a hand-drawn look, so I flipped the scrapbook paper over and drew my letters. I drew the letters backwards, so that when you flip the paper over to mount on the canvas, they’re facing the right way. It’s a bit difficult to draw on glitter paper, so drawing on the back works best. I practiced this several times to make sure my backwards “S” didn’t look too crazy.
2. Cut out your letters.
3. Glue or Tape your Letters onto Canvas – I decided to tape mine so that I could re-use this lid with the box it came with, just in case. I made tiny rolls of Scotch tape and put two on each letter. They’re holding great! Hot glue would work, if you’re looking for a more permanent piece.
I chose to put the letters in the bottom right corner. It just appealed to me visually and I think it’s a bit more artful.
4. Hang your Piece!
I said easiest ever, right?
I really love how it turned out. I love the color scheme – black, white and gold are some of my favorites!
Now y’all are about to get to know me some more…I’m a romantic. And I’m an analytical, over-thinker who finds meaning even where there isn’t any. But I especially love the black and white because symbolically, it reminded me of two opposites joining together to make something beautiful. Yes, it’s completely cheesy, but romantic to me 🙂
And it’s a great reminder that Valentine’s, and every day for that matter, really is just about US PERIOD.
Thanks for having me, Lindsay! And great to meet y’all, lovely readers!