I am going to tell you a dirty little secret. I am terrible at getting done all the projects that I plan. I bought Gingerbread House kits for my kids for Christmas...we still have them. In my defense, we were all sick the week before Christmas.
Puking + Gingerbread Houses DOES NOT = a Merry Christmas.
Of course, I paid for them, so we will use them. Haven't you ever heard of a Valentine House? Me either...but we will have them this year!
This project started from another one of those projects that fell to the wayside. I bought these hearts last year for Valentines Day:
I haven't looked to see if they sell them this year, but it would be simple to make, especially if you didn't add the white ric rac. I personally wish it wasn't on there for my son's heart, but I was going to use these since I already had them.
I made a stencil with my Cricut machine.
I started stenciling with white paint, but it just wasn't right. I used an inexpensive acrylic paint, which is quite thin, and I just couldn't get good coverage. I scrapped that idea and used black acrylic paint from Martha Stewart. Her paints are so thick and cover beautifully. You pay a little more for her paint, but it works so much better...it is definitely worth the extra cost.
Once I had stenciled a letter for each of us, this is what I had:
I liked it alot, but I wanted a little more detail. I wanted a little more sparkle. So I found these:
Did you know that the back of black rhinestones are black, not silver. It makes sense, but the backs are always silver.
I wanted to put them somewhere we would see them often. Somewhere we would see when a new "Love Note" had been left inside. So I decided to hang three metal hooks on a small wall. The hooks were a great idea, and I already had them. They looked great, until I got to the third hook and was missing one of the black screws.
Yuck! Could that be any more obvious?
I took my Martha Stewart black acrylic paint back out and squirted a dab right onto my brush. I carefully dabbed it onto my super shiny screw.
Perfect! You would never know the screw wasn't from the original set.
Look how sweet these look!
And with a little "Love Note" inside...it makes you want to rush right over and check them out!
What better way to show the people in your life that you love them than with daily little "Love Notes." Valentines Day shouldn't be just about February 14th...we should be showing that love every day.