Category Archives: Holidays & Seasons

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you have yet to plan anything for your loves, I have some great ideas. Here some of my favorite Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables that have been shared on the blog over the years.

DIY Moss Valentine & Printable

A fun and unique way to show someone you care about them.

Moss Valentine's Day Card Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

Red, White, & Black Valentine’s Day Cards

Simple cards with a modern flare.  Perfect for kids to take to their friends!

2015 Valentine's Day Cards

Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

An easy project to dress up a romantic dinner at home.

Ribbon Heart Place Card

Frayed Heart Pillow

Add a little holiday fun with this festive Valentine’s Day decor!

Neutral Couch Sofa Pillows

LOVEly Heart Candle Holder

Simple to make with a surprising outcome at the end!

Heart Candle Holder 1

Heart Stamps

The perfect project for kids to do and give to a parent or loved one.

Heart Stamp 5

Simple Valentine’s Day Printables

Share the love with the fun designs.

Feb 2014 Printables 1

Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

Originally published on Feb. 1, 2016. I’ve put a lot of projects on this blog over the past couple of years, many of which are pretty detailed and take quite a bit time. But I absolutely love an easy project and today’s is just that. This simple ribbon heart place card requires minimal supplies and is super quick to whip up.

Ribbon Heart Place Card

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Here’s what you need:

(I found these pretty, neutral ribbons a few weeks ago at World Market and knew I had to have them in my stash.)

Neutral Ribbons

To start, cut two equally sized pieces of ribbon. Mine were about 5 1/2 inches each.

Cut Ribbons
Next, using the hot glue gun, place a small line of glue at one end of a ribbon. Press the ends of the ribbon together to make them stick. Do the same to the other ribbon.

Gluing Ribbon Ends

Then, run a small bead of glue along one side of one ribbon and attach the other ribbon to it to create a heart shape.

Hot Glue Ribbon Heart

To make the name tag, cut a small banner shape from a piece of paper and use the alphabet stamps and stamp pad to write the name.

Small Alphabet Letter Stamps

Finally, add a dab of glue to the middle of the heart and attach the paper banner. Aren’t these cute?

Place Setting Heart Place Card

These would be perfect for a party or even for a Valentine’s Day dinner. And, you could always change the wording on the paper to fit whatever occasion you choose. So many possibilities!

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2016 Year in Review

Hello, Friends!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays and have eaten tons of amazing things over the past week! (We can all worry about our waistlines in the new year, right?) Anyway, for my 2016 year in review, I wanted to share some of the best posts from this year.

2016 Year in Review

We’ve had so many amazing/crazy things happen this past year. This blog went from a two person business to a one woman show. Our family made a big decision to move from the city to the country. We finished remodeling one home and started work on another. Lucky for us, I have been able to document all of that right here on this blog. Here are a few of the top posts from this past year!

Most Popular Post

Spring Fling Home Tour – This post was the most viewed post from this past year. Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate for.  I love all of the fresh greenery and life that it brings to a home. And a lot of people also agreed!

Spring Fling Home Tour

Most Commented On Post

My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree – We absolutely loved our Christmas tree this year. From the addition “snow” to several new ornaments, it was wonderful to have a light and bright tree to celebrate the season!

Christmas Tree Glow Ornaments

My Favorite Post

How We Sold Our Home In One Day – I have to admit that selling your home is one of the most stressful things a person can do. However, even though getting ready for showings and keeping your home spotless may have you wanting to poke your own eyes out, we were able to sell our home to the first buyer to walk through.

Dining Room Final

2016 has definitely been a crazy year! I can only imagine what this coming year has in store for us. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Please be safe and I will see you back here in 2017!

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There is still time to plan out the New Year!

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2017 Calendar Planners

Create & Share Challenge: Holiday Wreath Display

The holidays are almost upon us! Can you believe how fast 2016 went? Me neither. For my last attempt at holiday decor (I’ve shared my Christmas tree and entryway decor) I wanted to share this holiday wreath display that is currently hanging in our dining area.

This post is brought to you by Elizabeth Joan Designs in collaboration with Cutting Edge Stencils. Although I did receive a product from Cutting Edge Stencils, all opinions are my own. Click here to view my full disclosure.

Holiday Wreath Display

This month, I’m joining up for my second Create & Share Challenge, hosted by Casa Watkins and Pocketful of Posies!  Thanks, Ladies! There are 9 other amazing projects, so make sure to check them out at the bottom of this post! (View my first Create & Share Challenge project.)

So wait… what is this challenge? Well, participants are tasked with using their personal decor style to create a project centering around one main item. And this month, we are working with holiday stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils! For this project, I made a fun and neutral holiday wreath display and it was so easy to create!

Stenciled Wreath Display

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To make this holiday wreath display, you will need:

  • Holiday Cheer Christmas Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 48″ X 26.5″ Plywood
  • Trim Pieces cut to 26.5″ and 45″
  • Wood Stain
  • Old Rag
  • Paint Brush
  • 2 Paint Colors (I used Waverly Chalk Acrylic Paint in White and Silver Lining.)
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Screwdriver and Screws
  • Hammer and Nails

To start, I used an old rag to apply Minwax stain (Early American) to the trim pieces.

Wood Stain Rustoleum Early American

While the trim pieces were drying, I painted one side of the plywood with white paint.

Waverly Chalk White Paint Brush

When the white paint was dry, it was time to stencil!  I don’t think I’ve ever used a larger stencil like this before and I could not believe how simple the process was.  I simply used painter’s tape to attach the stencil to the middle of my board and used a smaller paint roller to apply the gray paint.  Once I was finished with one section, I carefully pulled up the stencil and repositioned it in a new spot with part of it overlaying a previously painted section.

Holiday Stencil Gray Paint

Next, I assembled the trim pieces to make a frame.  I used screws to attach the ends together. (Oops, I forgot to get a photo of that!)

Then, I laid the plywood on top of the frame and nailed around the back edges.

Hammer and Nail Wreath Display

You can see below that the corners of the trim were not mitered. I just put the straight edges together with the shorter pieces on the outside.

Easy peasy!

Holiday Wreath Display Stencil Detail

If you want to hang your creation, you can attach sawtooth picture hangers or D-rings to the back. Didn’t this turn out lovely?

Gray and White Stenciled Wall Hanging

To finish, add your favorite wreath! I chose a pretty boxwood wreath and attached it with a ribbon and thumb tack at the top. This holiday wreath display is currently hanging in our dining area and we love how it looks! You may have noticed that the dining area is starting to look a bit different. (See the before photos in our Country House Tour.)  We’ve been working on it bit by bit and I will have a full update of the entire space after the holidays!

Stenciled Holiday Wreath Display

One of my favorite things about this holiday wreath display is that is can be used well beyond the holiday season and into the new year!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit Elizabeth Joan Designs and don’t forget to check out the other awesome stenciled holiday creations below!

  1. Kim Six Fix – Stenciled Spray Snow Flakes
  2. Green With Decor – How to Stencil A Pillow For Christmas
  3. Vintage Romance Style – The True Meaning of Noel Sign
  4. Southern Couture – Wooden Reindeer Stencil
  5. One Mile Homestyle – Stenciled Holiday Coloring Page Place Mats
  6. DIY Beautify – Stenciled Wall Hanging Christmas Decor
  7. Elizabeth Joan Designs – Stenciled Wall Hanging
  8. Farmhouse 40 – DIY Reindeer Antlers Bulletin Board
  9. Iris Nacole – Stenciled Christmas Tree Stand Box
  10. Pocketful of Posies – The Easiest Christmas Cookie Decorating Hack Ever