Hi, my sweet friends!
Welcome to another month of our Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge! In fact, we are celebrating one year with this challenge! We started these series with Valentine’s Day too and we shared our traditions. Today we’ll show you some crafts or decor because remember, we are in different parts of the world and that means there are different approaches to what Valentine’s Day may represent for us.
If you want to see our last 2016 challenge it was a “Gift Swap” and how to make a chalkboard from a mirror.
Without much ado, welcome to our
Int’l Bloggers Club Valentine’s Day Craft Challenge
When thinking about Valentine’s Day we tend to believe it’s the day to show our love to our husband or wife by giving the other some presents. I don’t totally agree with that concept because love has to be shown all year long and not only on a specific day. But if I see it as an additional day to show my love then I’m ok… Yes, you can say I’m a bit weird. Then if it’s a love day the presents can be also for any other person like a parent, child, friend…
It happened that my mom gave me some time ago two pairs of baby shoes that were mine. Aren’t they simply adorable?
She said that I could keep them because she had them in a box for the fear of loosing them or that they could get damaged. I kept them in the same box until recently, when I came across them and had that bulb light moment. I was going to display them! The first thing I did was washing them and adding some fabric stiffener to help them hold the shape.
I picked this frame from my stash… I have a big collection thanks to my free my finds, gifts and mother in law’s old apartment. From hers I did these “All You Need Is Love” pictures.
This is what you’ll need in case you plan to make one similar for you
Here you will find the links to what I used so it will be easier for you in case you want to make your own version. There are affiliate links for your convenience, you can check my disclosure.
The frame was metallic and I planned to paint the wooden back as well, so I took my DecoArt paint to the rescue. I choose the color “Timeless” because it would fit with the colors of the shoes too.
To give the back some interest I used a DecoArt stencil called “Distressed Harlequin”
I taped it in place and used a brush to paint. The best tip when using stencils is that less is more. I mean, you don’t want your brush loaded with a lot of paint; instead of that, unload it in a separate piece of paper or kitchen towel.
Once everything was painted I let it dry and designed some tags to show the age I had when wearing the shoes. My daughters also lent me their scalloped scissors 😉 I used some dark wax to age the frame.
I glued the tags to the back with some glue stick, and then put the glass and the back on the frame. It was time to hot glue the shoes on the glass and it was done.
I wore the crochet shoes when I was only four months old.
The sport shoes when I was four years old. The color fainted a bit and there are some missing parts but they are still so sweet.
I hope my mom loves it as much as I do, and I really think it is a wonderful Valentine’s gift full of memories. Now I just have my fingers crossed and pray she doesn’t see them before I can send it to her.
What about you? Do you still have things from when you were a baby?
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