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Drop Cloth Valentines



I've got two chairs in my living room that I really love and that desperately need to be reupholstered and as I don't know the first thing about upholstery and being that I don't have the dollars for the high price of having it done professionally, I got the bright idea to make up some slip covers for them using painters drop cloths. There are tutorials out there for the process, and you don't need to be an incredible sewer to make one; you do, however, need to possess the patience of Job! After much pinning and trimming, cutting and ripping, fitting and refitting; mine ended up in the trash, sent off in irritated silence. I was only happy that I hadn't spent lots of money on some gorgeous material for the job.

Needless to say, I still had about 3/4 of a yard of the drop cloth left over which I've held onto for crafting of some sort and it really came in handy for these little Valentines Day conversation hearts. Wanna make some? Here's what you'll need:


scrap fabric
paints (doesn't need to be specifically for fabric; I used acrylic)
stamps
dried lavender
essential oil (I used sweet orange)
embroidery floss
heart cookie cutter or other template
small funnel or demitasse spoon













Aren't they cute? And they smell wonderful! I mixed several drops of sweet orange essential oil into the lavender before I spooned it into the hearts. Be sure to pack it in pretty tight before you stitch the heart closed. I put one in my purse to keep it smelling sweet and they'd be a perfect little gift for your special valentine! Or....you could get crazy and make something a little bigger like the ones I made below also using up my left over drop cloth.



Get crazy girl....homemade valentines are the best!


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58 comments:

  1. Those turned out really cute!


    Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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    1. i'm really glad you like them, wendy. thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Very beautiful.

      http://www.elegantweddinginvites.com

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  2. Very sweet hearts and yes, homemade is best. Hearts from the heart!

    "Dearest Little Heart O' Mine, Won't You Be My Valentine?!" :)

    Visiting from Under $100 linky party at Beyond The Picket Fence :) Thanks for sharing with us!
    ~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

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    1. love that little valentine quote, suzanne and i love homemade valentines so much; it's something i'm kinda adamant about. in a good way :) thanks for visiting!

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  3. thiese are so darling I hope you'll link this up at my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

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    1. thanks so much for the invite, marissa! i'm all linked up and so happy you like the hearts i made.

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  4. Those are adorable! I would love for you to show them off at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    1. what a great idea, kate, putting together a link party featuring valentine ideas. and so many clever ones! thanks for the invitation. btw, i love the little circle scribbles that show up over your tabs ~ so cute!

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  5. So Cute! They are really great! I hope you will link these up to my I Heart Projects Party!

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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    1. thanks for the valentine link-up invitation, cindy; i'm honored that my little hearts are surrounded by so much red and pink cuteness! visited your etsy shop. i can understand your 'mustache and lips' note/thank you cards are one of your best sellers ~ my favorite too and if i were getting married, i'd totally want these!

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  6. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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    1. hey courtney ~ thanks for the invitation to participate in your 'crazy cute' party. i'm all linked up! great remodel, btw. and....i noticed that you live in so cal - me too! perhaps we could meet sometime?

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  7. This is so cute and I love love your blog!!! I hope you can find some time to stop by our party and link up today! xoxo Debbie @ http://inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinterest-thon-linky-party-3.html?spref=tw

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    1. thanks for the kudos, debbie, and for the invite to link up to your 'pinterest-thon' party! i'm totally there :)

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  8. What a great idea! I would love it if you would share at our sharing party tomorrow at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com. Thank you!

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    1. thanks, carrie. it's crazy what can be done with a humble little drop cloth! i've linked this post up with your party.

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  9. Love the last picture of the three hearts! They are beautiful!

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    1. thanks so much, maria. i actually made those before the little sachet hearts and have them hanging in between my front windows.

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  10. These are so cute I love the colors you chose! Saw your proj on fivedaysfiveways.com!
    X0 Jess

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    1. i'm glad you like them, jess. i wanted them to be nice bright colors just like the candy conversation hearts. thanks for stopping by from the 'five days five ways' link party!

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  11. I would never think of using a drop cloth for a craft, but I LOVE the idea!

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    1. see what happens when you start checking out craft blogs? before you know it you're making a dining room table about of soda cans and valentines out of a painters drop cloth! thanks for stopping by, heather.

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  12. Adorable.....I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
    going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. thanks, deana. i'm really glad that you like them and appreciate your invitation to link up my post to your party. cheers!

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    1. thank you, almost on a farm farmers wife ~ smile.

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  14. Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Stunning! I adore these and have so much drop cloth just screaming out for this use.

    http://ourfeministplayschool.wordpress.com

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    1. thanks so much, lyndsay. hope you try it out.

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  16. Thanks for linking up at Inspired Honey Bee!!! You'll be featured on Monday. xoxo Debbie

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    1. thanks for the feature, debbie! love you v-day mantle, btw ~ so sweet!

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  17. This is so cool!! I've pinned it :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  18. What a great idea! Those are incredibly cute, ALL of them! Thank you for the idea!

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  19. I love these! They really caught my eye, especially with the bright colors-and a great idea to make them smell as lovely as they look! Pinning them-would be great as Christmas ornaments too :)

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    1. they would be sweet as christmas ornaments! thanks so much kristina!

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  20. These are so cute - and a great way to use up that drop cloth!


    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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    1. thanks for the invite, jill! i'll be linking up :-)

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  21. These turned out super cute - I love painting fabric! And stamping it! I've recently discovered a couple of other fun image transfer techniques, but I'm running out of plain fabric - thanks for the tip on drop cloths.

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    1. you're welcome, cameron. hope you try this out; possibilities are endless!

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  22. So sorry your slipcovers didn't work out, but these hearts are adorable! Would you be willing to link this up to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have your creativity! Thanks, Michelle
    http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to link up! I appreciate you doing that! I soooo want to make some of these!

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    2. thanks for inviting me to link up with your v-day party, michelle ~ lots of great ideas there. yeah, bummer about the slip covers. not sure if i'll ever try it again ~ think i'd just rather have someone else do it for me :)

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  23. These are stunning! I love this idea :)


    Love for you to share this at JAQS Studio Linky Party:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/01/made-by-me-16-linky-party-and-features.html

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    1. thanks so much, jaq! hope you give them a try.

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  24. Very pretty!
    I've been making lavender-filled hearts for some tme now and they're always a hit!

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    1. just saw your hearts in your etsy shop - soooo pretty! love that you used silk! also loving your little honeysuckle organza flower brooch :) and...you're all the way in athens, greece! how cool is that?!? i'm feeling really international right now!

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  25. Featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's {wow me} wednesday party. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/02/take-look-at-you-my-favorites.html

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    1. ginger....you crazy girl. thanks for the feature lady (smiles)!!!!

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  26. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! These are to die for!!! I love that you painted the fabric, and that they smell good. So cool!

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    1. christina...i just want to sit and visit with you! love your blog, love your heart, love your exuberance!

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  27. Hi :) - thank you so much for sharing with JAQS Studio's Linky Party. You were featured today :)!

    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-17-linky-party-and-features.html

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  28. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello and I would love it if you would share this with our readers too for Fun Stuff Fridays! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays_10.html

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