Sunday, January 20, 2013

6 Simple and Sweet DIY Framed Valentine Decorations ~ Hearts and Keys

Welcome to the Cafe!
It's Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, 
I wanted to share some quick and easy, adorable 
and affordable, DIY Framed Valentine decorations.   

If you follow my blog, you know I am all about 
quick and simple crafts...LOVE THEM! 

First up...

My newest creation is thanks to Heidi of The Frugal Girls!  
I was the lucky winner of a $25 Hobby Lobby Gift Card from 

This is what I purchased with my gift card.
The project below only cost $11, so I had money 
leftover to make another craft...which I already 
purchased and will be sharing soon! 

-Square 12x12 frame - cost $5 (50% off) 
-Painted Wood Heart - cost $5 (30% off) 
-Piece of red and white heart fabric for the matte was approx. $1.

-First, remove the glass or place it behind the matte.
-Cut the fabric to fit the size for matting. 
-Tape the fabric to the back of the matte.  
-Tuck the ribbon up top and tape it to the back of the matte.  
-See finished photo below.   

Tip - Make sure you have a big enough piece of fabric - you need
to be able to pull it smooth when you tape it to the back of the matte, 
to remove bubbles and wrinkles.


If you have never been to the Chic & Crafty Link Party
you should check it out on Thursday nights.  
Heidi is so sweet and kind!  She is the best!   
I have been a "Frugal Girl" for a while and I 
can't tell you the amount of money I've saved 
from her posts and e-mails - or the number 
of tips I use when it comes to gifts, recipes and crafts. 
She shares the best restaurant and grocery coupons too.
You name it, she shares it! 

Check out the site, you will be glad you did!  


Next up...

This was one of my very first features and
still gets tons and tons of visits!  It was even 
featured on The Frugal Girls last year!

Sequin ♥ + Frame + Cute Paper = Adorable 

This took less than 5 minutes to make! 
Cost was only $6.50!  If I had an extra 
red frame hanging around the house, 
it would have only cost $1.50.  You
can always paint an old frame red too!
The heart, scrapbook paper and frame
was purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Use the same directions as the first heart frame.  

This is easier to make with scrapbook paper as the matte.


Next two up...

"Strings of my Heart"

For these two framed pieces, I used scrapbook paper, 
jewelry wire and heart jewelry charms.  

 Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby (50% off).  
Each finished piece cost less than $6 to make, with the 
majority of the cost going to the frames.  If you already 
have frames, this will cost you little $ to make!

Heart Charms
Jewelry Wire
Matte (Fabric, Scrapbook Paper...)

Cut scrapbook paper to size for the matte.
Twist the jewelry wire, fold and tuck it in center up top, 
behind the matte.  See photo below.

Here is the other version...

For this piece...
Cut a long piece of wire for the "clothes line" and tuck it up top, behind the matte.  Next, cut desired length of wire for each charm.  Place each charm on it's individual wire and start to twist.  Once it is twisted 3/4 of the way, place it on the "clothes line" and twist the rest of the way.  Repeat for each one.


Last but not least...


All the materials were purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale.
I removed the glass from all the frames and stored them
for safe keeping.

Each finished piece cost under $7 to make.  

This is all you need to make the Framed Keys:

For this key frame below, I used a little hot glue to place it on the matte.
The matte is scrapbook paper I had on hand.  Fun fabric would also work great, 
giving you lots of texture.

For the next two Key Frames, I twisted the jewelry wire, 
folded and tucked them on top of the mattes.  
Again, I used scrapbook paper for the matting.

This last one, I used a Key and Heart charm together... 
twisting and tucking the wires up top.

How easy are these framed Valentine decorations?!  
You don't need to be crafty to whip these up in minutes!

If you have questions about any of these framed pieces,
PLEASE do not hesitate to ask!

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  1. Ah...good, good stuff! I can't decide which is my favorite! You've given me lots of ideas, thanks.
    Now I need to check out Sweet Little Bluebird ;)

    1. Hi Row,

      Thanks for the sweet comment. My personal favorite is the red sequin framed heart! Thanks for stopping by the Cafe, hope you visit again soon!

  2. Such sweet ideas!! Valentines is our anniversary - #10 this year. I will try some of these ideas for sure

    1. Hi Donna,

      What a romantic day for an anniversary! Happy 10 year anniversary to you and your sweetheart. Thanks for the sweet words....hope you make one, they are so easy and fun!

      I hope you have a great week! Thank you so much, for visiting the Cafe!

  3. So lovely!!! My favorite is the frame with 6 little hearts. Thanks so much for sharing! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Hi Ana,

      Thank you! I love the hearts on a string too! I will be sure to stop by your blog. Thank you so much for visiting Inspiration cafe, we hope you visit again soon! I hope you are off to a great week!


  4. Great selection of heart frames there Mary! I especially love the sequin heart one!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Hi Jill,

      Thank you! The sequin heart is my favorite too! Thank you so much for hosting the party! Thank you for visiting the Cafe - hope you visit again soon!

      Have a great week!


  5. These are so beautiful. My fave are the little hearts on a string...oh and the, I love them all! So many themes you could modify this for. Thanks for the inspiration Mary!!!

    1. Thank you, Sherry! They were all so easy, which is what I LOVE! Thanks for the sweet words!

  6. These are all so cute, but I love the keys! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi Rita,

      Thank you! They keys were a lot of fun to make and super easy!

      I hope you are having a great week! Thanks so much for visiting the Cafe! Hope you visit again soon!

      Best wishes!

  7. I love them all!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's FB and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

    1. THANK YOU! I'll be visiting! Thanks for the follows and the invite to the giveaway!

      Have a great week! Please come back and visit the Cafe soon!


  8. These are all such great ideas! I think I'm going to have to go pull out some frames and various dangly items to decorate with! :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Yay...have fun creating!

      Thank you so much for visiting Inspiration Cafe and leaving a sweet comment. Hope to see you again soon!

      Have a great week!

  9. I love these and especially the hearts in frames. Would love to have you link this post up at my DIY Wreath blog. Hope to see you there. Linda

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you and thanks for the invite - I'll be stopping by!

      Have a wonderful week! Hope to see you around the Cafe! Cheers!

  10. How darn adorable. I love the french vintage with the silver hearts.

    I'm having a STRUT YOUR STUFF Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and come show off your best projects. Or, just come link up your blog!!

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    1. Thanks you, Denyse! I'm linked up! Thanks for the sweet words and the invite! Hope you visit IC again soon!

  11. I love how you used the jewelry wire. These are all so cute and doable! Great job Mary!

  12. So many great ideas! I really love the keys and the jewelry heart charms and while I LOVE red, it's nice to have the decorations in the black/brown/white tones too!

    1. Hi Lauren! Thank you! The keys were a lot of fun to make! I agree, it is nice to have some non-red choices for Valentine's Day decor. I actually keep the framed silver hearts and keys out year round. Thanks for visiting the Cafe, great to have you here!

  13. So much gorgeous inspiration!! Love each piece!! Thanks for sharing ;)


    1. Hi Brenda,

      Thank you for the sweet comment!
      Hope you stop by the Cafe again soon!
      I hope you're having a great week!

  14. So many beautiful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. Megan

    1. Thank you, Megan! Thanks so much for the sweet words and for visiting Inspiration Cafe!

  15. I LOVE these ideas. I don't consider myself a crafter, but these projects are something I definitely would do. I like the subtlety of these projects as Valentine's could keep the string of hearts and key to my heart out all year.

  16. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  17. Such pretty Valentine decor - love the idea!
    Would love for you to come over and share at my linky party Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  18. Those are all so cute and creative!! I love the sequined heart one the most!!! Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!

  19. Love these- so cute. Coming from High Heels and Grills- New follower for you too! Thanks for sharing.
    Susan @ Rustic ReDiscovered