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Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I want to decorate our home for the holiday, but alas I have no suitable decor. Yes, you read that right– there’s nary a heart shaped, love-related decoration around.

I struggle with Valentine’s decor because often the things I see, although cute, just do not go with the style of our house. I’m not a huge fan of the bold red/hot pink color scheme nor the glitter that frequently accompanies many of the tutorials I’ve seen (perhaps this will change when we’ve got some rugrats running around). I’m quite persnickety, and thus the one to blame for my void of Valentine’s decorations.

With that said, I was over the moon when I saw this craft at findingHome. I love the simplicity of it and its overall natural look. I viewed the tutorial but tweaked my product (I used a thicker jute because I wanted it chunkier) & process (I couldn’t find a paper punch or stamping plate).

Here’s my finished product:

Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

Here’s what you need:   

  • One canvas (I got my 9 x12 canvas at Hobby Lobby)
  • Jute (or twine as the original tutorial suggests)
  • Print out of the word of your choice
  • A few pieces of tape
  • Sharp tool to poke through the canvas
  • Yarn needle

Step 1:

Decide where you want your word to go on the canvas. I placed mine just above the exact middle of the canvas. Tape your print out to the canvas– make sure the paper is taut.

Step 2:

Using your sharp tool, begin to poke holes along the shape of your word. I placed my left hand under the canvas and pushed slightly upwards as I used my right hand to poke the tool through. Having my left hand under the canvas ensured that the canvas did not stretch or tear as I poked through.

Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

You can see that I didn’t make my holes perfectly even. I left bigger gaps between the holes in which I knew the jute was going to be on top of the canvas, and made smaller gaps for holes in which the jute would be on the back side of the canvas. Doing this ensured less ‘white space’ between my jute.

Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

Step 3:

Take the print out off of the canvas. Depending on the size of your jute (twine, yarn, whatever you choose), you may need to go back with your sharp tool and stretch the holes a teeny bit bigger. Make sure your holes are big enough for your needle to fit through! I went for a snug fit.

Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

Step 4:

Thread your jute through the needle. Start behind the canvas and come up through the first hole. I decided to start at the top of the L. Thread your jute above/below the canvas. Be sure to always have your fingers/hand pushing in the opposite direction of the needle. (When you are pushing the needle down through the canvas, have your left hand behind the canvas pushing up ever so slightly) Again, this was my precaution to keep the canvas from tearing.

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Step 5:

Continue your embroidery for each letter. When finished, you can knot it on the back. My string was tight in the holes, so I didn’t even need to make knots to hold it in place. I’m very pleased with how this turned out, now I just need to find a home for it!

Jute Embroidered Love Canvas

Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Seeing a pretty wreath hanging on my front door always put a smile on my face. Who doesn’t? Ok, maybe it’s just me (Confession: I am pretty obsessed about wreaths. I like to take pictures of pretty ones whenever/wherever I see one. Not creepy at all, I know). Personally I think accessorizing your front door is important. It makes the house looks more homie, welcoming and polished. It’s also a great conversation starter. “Oh! I love your wreath! Where did you get it?” In my head everyone does this.

After I took down the Christmas wreath, my front door was looking kind of sad and cold. A Valentine’s Day wreath was in order. I was inspired by some beautiful wreaths (here, here, here, and here).

My original thought was to create a heart shaped wreath using non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors like gray, wintry white and neutral. My front door is a not so appealing maroon-ish brick red with a dark brown under tone (ew, I know). It came with the house. I wasn’t sure how red would look against this background. But when I organized my Christmas décor, I found a lot of left over pink and red felt from various projects. I really wanted to use what I had on hand. So I decided to use traditional Valentine’s Day colors and a square shape. And the result looked like this…

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I actually don’t mind the red against the maroon door. When I started the project, the plan was to make enough flowers to cover the entire the wreath. Half way through, I carefully thought about my design AKA I got tired of making felt flowers so I decided to only cover the bottom half. I made a tiny banner to balance out the top. The most time consuming part was making the flowers, but you can save time by using pre-made fabric flowers (cute ones at bridal section of any craft store) or silk flowers. It’s simple to make and versatile enough that you can change the colors for spring or Easter.

Here is what you will need:

  • square wire wreath (got mine from Joann’s floral department)
  • 2” ribbon (I cut strips from my left over polka dot fabric)
  • felt:1/4 yard of each color would be plenty (I used red, light pink and magenta)
  • hot glue (your BFF for this craft)
  • scissors  (I also used pinking sheers)
  • yarn , string or baker’s twine
  • pins
  • brown paper bag

Here is what you will do:

1. You can skip this step if you are using ribbon. Cut your fabric into 2” strips. This doesn’t have to be exact since you’ll be overlapping as you wrap around anyway. I used pinking sheers to create a more finished edge and prevent fraying.

2. Wrap your ribbon or fabric around the wire wreath. I used hot glue to secure the fabric to the wreath and each other. The corners can be a bit tricky. I went over each one a couple of times making sure no wire was showing.

3. Make some felt flowers. I found some helpful tutorials here, here and here.  Some of these suggested to sew but after I formed the flowers I secured them with pins, then used hot glue to adhere instead. I also got “creative” with my pinking sheers and cut out some small strips and hearts then tszuj-ed (zhuzh-ed?) them into flowers.

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4. Hot glue the flowers onto the ribbon wrapped wreath. I didn’t arrange the flowers in any particular pattern. I just went with what looked good to me and filled in the holes with smaller ones.

5. To make the tiny banner, cut 4 small rectangles from the brown paper bag (the size should be proportional to your wreath, my rectangles were 2″x3″).  Gently fold in half, try not to make a harsh crease. Trim the bottom like you would with the ends of a ribbon. Fold a tiny bit of the top edge then glue or tape it to a piece of baker’s twine. Lastly tie your mini banner to the sides of the wreath. Et voila!

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I hope you love wreaths as much as we do because there will be many more tutorials about them. Have you created anything to dress up your front door lately?

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