Valentine Craft: A Key, A Heart, And A Song

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Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday – in more ways than one!  It is fun to celebrate with a little festive decor to help set the mood. I put together some vintage pieces to come up with a Valentine craft that I just might display all year long.

My project is really quite simple, I combined a variety of romantic pieces to feature in a shadow box. The nice thing about shadow boxes is that they are deep enough to hold many layers of items.

For some reason, a certain phrase always sticks in my head when I think about Valentine’s Day. “You are the key to my heart”, just sounds so romantic. That is the phrase I had in mind for my little display. I started by layering the key elements.

My Valentine Craft Display

layered hearts and key

Okay, so maybe the little button was not a key element! But I love to embellish with buttons when I can. Anyway,I had several hearts that I had purchased from Joann’s.  I layered a couple of wooden ones and one tin heart and glued them all together with E6000 craft glue.  Then I added a vintage key and the little button for fun. Now it was time to prepare my frame.

shadow box frame for valentine craft

Next, I took a small square shadow box frame, that I had purchased, apart.  I threw out the blue insert paper and planned on covering the back of the frame with a vintage song sheet.

measuring songsheet square

All I did to get the paper the right size for the frame back was to trace the back right onto the paper and cut it out.  Whenever, I need to glue paper flat, I like to use spray adhesive.  I sprayed this to the inside of the frame back and carefully laid my paper in place.  The glue grips right away so you need to be very careful as you are aligning the paper with the frame to get it right.

glue hearts to paper

Then I glued my heart ensemble to the paper lined frame back.  I used my E6000 craft glue again for an extra strong hold.

burlap on frame

I used tacky glue to add a little burlap interest to the bottom of the shadow insert.

Now it was time to put the all of the pieces back together!  And, this is what I ended up with for my shadow box valentine craft.

valentine craft

After looking at the finished craft, I’m thinking that sometimes simpler is better. I’m not quite sure how I’m liking the burlap at the bottom. For me, it detracts from the rest of the display. What do you think?  Should it stay or should it go?

Check out these other Valentine’s Day craft ideas in a rustic style.

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6 comments
  1. I vote no burlap.

    1. My original plan was to put more of a mix of textures at the bottom…I was looking at it again today and feeling like the burlap either had to go or I needed to complete my design. It does look a bit unfinished. Thanks for your input 🙂

  2. It looks amazing I love that you have combined it with sheet music, a great touch. What a beautiful space you have created here, thank you so much for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  3. Thanks SpecialK and welcome! I’m glad you will be following 🙂

  4. Love it but I vote no burlap.Thank you for joining in the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Big Hugs!

    1. Thanks Katherine! Yes that seems to be the consensus….the burlap’s gotta go 🙂

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