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XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor

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XOXO DIY Valentines Decor

Yesterday I showed you how to make a burlap canvas for only $1.  Today I am going to show you what to do with your canvas!  This little piece of burlap heaven makes perfect Valentine’s decor for your mantle, entry, or any surface begging for a little holiday cheer.  A perfect craft.  A little bit of paint, a little burlap, a touch of glitter and some rustic charm.

Once you have your canvas made you will need these things to make your XOXO Valentine’s Day Burlap Canvas:

  • Stencil- I used my Silhouette to cut one.  You could use regular stencils although it would be a bit more time consuming. Download my cut file at the bottom.
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • DecoArt Decoupage
  • Red glitter – I use Recollections brand from Michaels.

XOXO DIY Valentines Decor

First cut your stencil.  The Silhouette made this super easy.  You can download my cut file below or make your own.  If you don’t have a cutting machine you can just use regular stencils you pick up at the craft store one by one.

I weeded and transferred the vinyl over to the canvas fitting it onto the painted portion of the canvas.  Now this can be a little tricky since the burlap even with the paint is pretty textured.  The burlap doesn’t stick as well as it does to some surfaces, but with a little pulling and holding I got it to stay down well enough.

Next I used black craft paint to dab over the X’s and O’s leaving the heart blank.  Make sure to dab from above instead of stroke the paint on since it is a stencil and the vinyl isn’t adhered exceptionally well.  It will help the paint not bleed under the vinyl as much. Let dry.

You will want the black paint to dry completely before you start the heart so that the glitter doesn’t stick to the black paint.

To create the heart, apply a generous layer of the decoupage to the heart stencil.  Then sprinkle a layer of glitter over the decoupage, press down lightly and then shake off the excess onto a paper and pour it back into the glitter container.

Carefully peel off the vinyl stencil and let the canvas dry until the heart is completely dry.  When you peel off the stencil there will probably be a bit of bleeding of paint on the XOXO.  Use a thin brush and the white paint from your canvas to touch up and bleeding and let dry.

XOXO DIY Valentines Decor

That is it!  A simple craft and an impressive piece of Valentine’s decor that you can use pretty much anywhere around your home.  I would love to hear how you decorate for Valentine’s day in your home in the comments!

Download your Silhouette XOXO cut file here.

13 Comments… add one

Lisa January 21, 2014, 4:30 am

Adorable! This might just be my snow day project!

Kimber January 22, 2014, 8:19 am

I think it would make a perfect snow day project!

Jen January 21, 2014, 4:19 pm

This is just so stinking cute Kimber! LOVE it!!

Kimber January 22, 2014, 8:18 am

Thanks Jen! So flattered you like it!

Michelle January 21, 2014, 6:33 pm

Very cute! What a fun project!!

Kimber January 22, 2014, 8:16 am

Thanks Michelle! The possibilities are endless with a blank canvas haha!

Lisa January 22, 2014, 7:04 am

So what kind of material did you use to make your stencil? Is it reusable?

Kimber January 22, 2014, 8:18 am

I used vinyl cut with my Silhouette machine. It can sometimes be reusable but it wasn’t this time because so much burlap stuck to it so I just threw it away. Let me know if you have other questions!

Lisa January 22, 2014, 9:09 am

Do they make more of a plastic to make reusable stencils?

Kimber January 22, 2014, 1:30 pm

Yes Lisa, they do! And you might want to keep your eye out for our post tomorrow because there might be a sale on it :)

Jasmine February 10, 2014, 5:58 am

I’m having trouble getting your file downloaded…. I have dropbox but it won’t let me open it! Is there another way to get this?

Also, is there a way to use your template with a cricut cutter?

Kimber February 11, 2014, 11:28 pm

Hi Jasmine- It probably won’t let you open it because it is actually a Silhouette cut file made in the silhouette software. You can only open it with the Silhouette software. I will let you know if I do an update with a .hpg or .pdf. It would be pretty easy to make on your own though since I just typed out X and O, lined them up and then replaced an O with a heart. Let me know if you have questions!

Jasmine February 12, 2014, 5:28 am

No worries… I got it, just typed it in on my cricut. I really just wanted to be able to view your template to get an idea on spacing and such. Thanks anyhow!

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