How do you decorate for Valentines Day?
I admit it, up until this year I really didn’t. My “winter” snowflake wreath just stayed on the door and I didn’t do anything special for February. I’ve wanted to though. In fact, I’ve had the idea for this particular Fluffy Valentines Day Wreath for about 3 years. I knew that Walmart would ask me to do a Valentines Day post, so I used that as my motivation to finally make this project happen!
The concept actually comes from my Halloween Wreath–which is made from black trash bags:
I loved how full and fluffy it is, and how inexpensive it was to put together (a couple of trash bags and a hanger!). I just KNEW I could bend a wire hanger into the shape of a heart. . . but what could I use for the trash bag? I had seen small light pink trash bags in the past–the kind you use for those small bathroom wastepaper baskets–but of course I couldn’t find them when I wanted to to this project.
So I did what I frequently do. I wandered around Walmart looking for inspiration. I found it in the Party aisle.
Plastic Tablecovers! That’s right, I got TWO of these for less than $2, and the hanger I had in my spare bedroom closet. That is a pretty darn inexpensive project–especially for something that comes out looking so cute!
The process is simple, and all you need is 4 things–Table Covers, Scissors, a Hanger and TIME!
1. Bend your hanger into a heart. I sort of bend the hook back up so I could use it to hang the wreath on the door.
2. Cut your Table Cover into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide and about 5 inches long. I just left mine folded up like it comes and cut along the width of it through all the layers. Then to make things easier I just snipped a small piece off of each end (where the fold was) to separate the layers and finally cut it in the middle to make two little stacks. Trust me, you’ll figure it out–just remember it’s thin and you don’t have to cut every single piece individually.
3. Start tying the strips on the hanger, pushing them together to pack them tightly. When I did the trash bag wreath I just tied a single knot–this time I formed a loop with the middle of the strip and then pushed the two ends through it. Either method works.
4. Repeat about a bazillion times–hopefully while watching something good on TV, talking to your best friend on the phone, or listening to some really good music. It’s going to take a while–but not impossibly wrong. Maybe an hour, hour and a half in front of the tv.
Remember, the tighter you push the knots, the fluffier your final wreath is.
I’ve already made two (one for me, one for my Mother in Law) and I still need to make one more (one for my mom). Those Table Covers make about a wreath and a half each, so my pack of 2 should give me all 3 wreaths without having to buy anything else.
There are many variations to this project. The Table Covers come in all sorts of colors–so you could do a wreath in a different shade of pink, in red, or in a red/pink/white combination. You could bend the hanger into a different shape (I’m thinking Easter Egg) and use different colors. If I could think of another type of wire to use for the form I could probably vary the shape as well–you might just see a green shamrock next moth if I can figure it out.
The other great thing about these wreaths is because they are plastic they can handle all sorts of weather. Hot. Dry. Wet. Cold. It doesn’t matter. I’ve been using my Halloween wreath for over 4 years now and it still looks just like the day I made it–I’m betting this Fluffy Valentines Wreath will last for years and years!