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I was thinking about Valentine’s Day recently and how much I used to hate the holiday. I will admit now that it was partially because I was bitter, but also because I went through a punk rock rebellion when I was younger. I hated how much commercialism was involved with a holiday that was supposed celebrate pure emotion. I also never really got the big deal about using one day a year as an excuse to shower people with love (and presents) when you could do that 365 days out of the year. I still don’t understand that.
Then I met my husband, my permanent Valentine. Once I moved in, I couldn’t wait to decorate the house! Since I’m in the middle of reorganizing our attic, my bins of decorations are a bit of a mess right now. But there’s one thing I’ve determined going through my bins – I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s Day decorations and the ones that I do have, I’m not completely fond of. So I’ve been making an awful lot of my Valentine’s Day decorations this year.
One thing that I didn’t have was something for our front door. I didn’t want a big, red wreath, so I set out to make my own door decor. Reds and pinks are so symbolic of Valentine’s Day, but I decided to go a non-traditional route with black, white, and gold (can you tell from my blog that it’s one of my favorite color combinations?). If you’re a Valentine’s Day hater, like I used to be, you won’t have to worry about any Pepto Bismol pink in this project! Of course, if you want to shoot for a more traditional color combo, go right ahead!
- 5″ wooden letters, X and O
- White spray paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Gold paint marker
- Foam brush
- Painter’s tape
- Mini pouncer
- 4 gold cup hooks
- 2 black thumbtacks
- Black ribbon
- Spray paint your wooden letters white on each side. Allow each side to dry before continuing to paint.
- To create stripes, use painter’s tape to line out your design on your letter.
- Paint in between the painter’s tape with black paint. Allow to dry.
- Use a mini pouncer to create a dot design with black paint. Allow to dry.
- Add a gold accent using gold paint marker on each stripe or around the polka dots.
- Next, measure where each cup hook will be inserted in each letter and mark with a pen or marker. Screw in each cup hook until it’s nice and tight.
- Determine how long you want your ribbon to be and cut it to the desired length.
- Attach the ribbon to the top of the X using black thumbtacks.
- Hook your X and O together and display on your door.