In Michigan, February has 2 major connotations for the general public: Valentine's Day and snow. Oh my word.
But for me, it reminds me of my grandparents as well.
My GRANDPA DIED a few Februaries ago. My Grandparents were so in love and so intertwined, that it wasn't much of a surprise when my grandma joined him 2 Februaries later- almost to the exact day. In fact, we really feel like she was aiming to pass away on the anniversary of his death, but didn't quite make it.
As the one year anniversary of her death approaches, I wanted to do something in honor of her, of them and of the legacy of love in our family. That's how this project was born. It's something I can put up each year that looks happy and festive, celebrates love and reminds me of them.
You will also need:
Sharpie paint pens in the appropriate colors.
Stickers for the bunting, to spell out whatever word you want (last name, love in a foreign language, whatever! Mine were from Hobby Lobby, Sticko brand. They go on sale).
Acrylic paint in the appropriate scheme.
3M adhesive- I choose this over modpodge for this sort of project since it doesn't bubble up.
A method to hang the plaque. You can get frame kits from Hobby Lobby for $2 that screw into the back of the plaque and allow you to hang it on the wall.
1. First heart: dating. Second heart: engagement. Third heart: marriage (established dates would just be the dates of those three events.)
2. The three (or however many) hearts could be your children with the dates they were born.
3. One heart could be for you and your S.O., the others could be your children.
4. Center heart is you and your spouse, with the weddings of each person's parents on either side.
5. Hearts could be other significant weddings- siblings or friends.
6. Hearts could be significant friendships, with the year listed that you first met.
And anything else you think of!
Here, for example, you could pretend that the left side is actually a picture of John's parents' wedding.
But it's not.
Also, I had a hard time choosing between these two pictures of my parents. PS- they've been married 35 years this year- Go Mom & Dad!
I'm going to do another one that matches our house and is less VD themed with John's parents, but I need a steal a picture from their wedding still!
Start adhering everything to the plaque using your 3M spray. I put the items over a cardboard box, spray the backside and then immediately attach them to the plaque. I had already put my stickers on the bunting, but you can do that after the flags dry, too.
Lastly I added my "string" for the bunting and the arrows. This is the second I would entirely change. I didn't have the supplies I thought and had to improvise. You can get flat wooden arrows from Hobby Lobby in the Papercrafting section. I would have painted them white and then added the established dates in gold above. I didn't have the arrows, so I had to use black sharpie paint. Also- the gold pen I used was Tree House brand and didn't write smoothly. Spend the extra 30 cents and buy the sharpie brand paint pens. They're oil based and go on so much more smoothly.
I also added some gilding on the arrows (final picture below). I traced the arrowhead so that it was more obviously a heart and highlighted the feathered tips.
I hope you have the best Valentine's, I generally don't do much for the holiday blog-wise, so next week look for lots of Instagram projects! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!