Festive table decor for Valentine’s Day

Can you believe it’s already February?! Last I looked, 2014 was just beginning, but we’re already more than a month in, which means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. YIKES!

Valentine’s Day is one of those incredibly divisive holidays – you either really love it or you really don’t. I happen to love it, but not necessarily for the reason you may think. I’m a huge sucker for love, and sure, I love getting the opportunity to celebrate with my boyfriend, but I think Valentine’s Day should mean more than a romantic celebration. It’s a day for you to express your true feelings for all the people you care about in your life – friends, family, significant others, coworkers, you name it! All the shades of red and abundance of hearts may have confused us into thinking that Valentine’s Day is a romance only holiday – silly us.

I’ll take any opportunity to 1) be festive and 2) decorate my apartment, so you can bet that I used the upcoming holiday to add a little love to my apartment. Oftentimes my dining room table is the first thing to be decorated because it’s plain and just asking to be dressed up. For Valentine’s Day, I opted to cover the table in hearts with a themed table runner. I saw a similar one at Target, and thought it would be fun to try creating my own version. It took me several hours to complete, but I really like the way it looks and think it adds so much character to our blasé tabletop. And you know what? My version was super easy to make…but did you really expect anything less from me?

To make, you will need:

  • I bought 2 feet of red felt and 1 foot of pink felt at Walmart (to give you an idea of quantity)
  • Scissors (Mine are a special X-acto kind that are designed to cut through felt easier)
  • X-acto knife (if you plan to make any intricate designs)
  • Hot glue gun

Valentine's Day DIY table runner

All in all, the project cost me about $25, but majority of those costs were the supplies I didn’t already own (X-acto knife and cutting board, specialty scissors). This project shouldn’t cost you more than $5 (hello affordable crafting!).

Steps:

I started by cutting out template hearts in a variety of sizes so that my felt hearts remained consistent throughout.

Valentine's Day DIY table runner

I used those templates to create about 40 felt hearts. I left majority of those hearts whole, but I cut some into heart outlines to give my table runner a bit more texture since I stuck to a basic color palette (NOTE: Cutting the hearts out of the felt took the longest chunk of time as it’s the most tedious part).

Valentine's Day table runner DIY

Once all my hearts were cut, I laid out a basic design of my table runner.

Valentine's Day table runner DIY

Then I began gluing the hearts together.

Valentine's Day DIY table runner

I had some glitter hot glue, so to add a final touch, I created some “shadow” on a few of the hearts with the glue. A few easy hours later, voila!,  a beautiful and festive Valentine’s Day table runner that turned my ordinary table into a fun holiday centerpiece.

Valentine's Day DIY table runner

The best part? It’s easy to clean and will store well so I can use this little decoration for years to come!

Now just to make the rest of my life just as Valentine’s Day ready. Easy enough, right?

Comments

  1. While our feelings about Valentine’s Day are one of approximately three things we disagree on, I am TOTALLY with you on being festive and decorating – any excuse for anything themed! This is so cute, Rach!!

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