As you can see, the tree sits on a corner by the windows. I don't want the neighbors to think I'm THAT crazy, and I figured red lights would let passerbys know "Hey, I'm not crazy, just celebrating Valentine's". So I guess I'm gonna have to settle for crazy this year.
I know I can order them online here, but I need to decorate this tree now before Valentine's has come and gone AND I really don't want to spend money on this crazy idea of mine.
With the help of my trusty Cricut Expressions like the one found here, I got to work and whipped out these adorable Valentine's ornaments. They are so easy and add so much whimsy to the room. I first picked up several sheets of scrapbook paper at Michael's and Target. Mostly pinks, reds, some black &white, and lots of glitter and sparkles. Also picked up a couple of rolls of Valentine ribbon that looks something like this, at Michael's for $0.50 a roll and at Target in the dollar section, for a whole buckaroo. My coworker was kind enough to let me borrow her Cricut Jukebox and oh what a treat! Take a look at one here. It holds a total of 6 Cricut cartridges at a time. You hook up the Jukebox to the Cricut Expressions, and rather than inserting a new cartridge everytime you want to switch, you simply press the corresponding button on the jukebox to access the one you want. She has several Valentine-y cartridges I don't have and so I borrowed them from her. Anywho. Here are the cute Valentine ornaments I whipped up last night.
These hearts were cut using the George & Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge, seen here. The owl and birdie were cutout with Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge seen here, heart punch for the 3 little hearts in each ornament, punched holes and slid the ribbon through them. The owl and birdie were adhered to the heart ornaments with foam tape for a 3D effect.
The scalloped heart, filigree heart and the LOVE sign and scalloped box were cut using Wedding Cricut cartridge seen here. I used glittery paper for these and I love the effect. Filigree was simply glued right onto the scalloped heart, hole punched at the top and ribbon slid through.
The LOVE sign was foam taped, for a 3D effect, to the scalloped box. Then I stapled the ribbon to the back using fucshia colored staples with my Close To My Heart stapler.
And here they are on the tree!
I'll make a few more ornaments to fill in some gaps and I'll call it a day for this year. Next year, we'll do more. My 9 year old, was very excited to see the tree this morning and declared to be happy that we're a funky family that loves celebrating, well, love.
Note: please forgive the quality of the pictures. My camera has broken on me and I'm taking these pictures with my not-so-great-quality-picture-taking cell phone.