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Wood Valentines Craft Night (and a How To)

Wood Valentines Craft Night

Last week, I hosted a craft workshop at Anthropologie. There were two sessions, with twenty five people in each. We braved the slushy Chicago snow, gathered for crafts (and drinks and treats), and made some cute Valentines. At the end, everyone took home goodies from Pink Loves Brown (assorted pins from my stock), and sample waffle pecan bars from Ticket Chocolate (yum).

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Anthropologie Craft Night with Making it Lovely

Thank you, Anthropologie, for having me, and thank you to everyone who came out! I wish we could have had more time, and more people (I know it sold out really quickly). For those of you who couldn’t make it though, I’ve included a list of supplies and instructions so you can try your hand at making your own.

Craft Supplies
Nicole Balch, Jess Lively, and Kim Vargo

Look at how cute Kim’s turned out below! (That’s her on the right, above, with me on the other end and Jess Lively in the middle.) You can see how the little clip part works, and you can position the clothespins so that you can put notes and photos at the top or bottom, or both if you wish.

Kim Vargo's Wood Valentine



  • wood slices between 4-6″ (I was going to use birch, but then decided that mossy hickory slices were prettier)

  • acrylic craft paint (I brought black, white, red, a pretty blue, and gold)

  • paintbrush(es)

  • mini clothespins

  • paper silhouettes (you can download my templates and use a silhouette cutting machine to cut them, or draw your own and use an x-acto knife)

  • white glue


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Painting Wood Valentines


This is an easy craft to do. Paint your wood slice first. Stripes are easy, and you can even mask them off with painter’s tape if you’re not confident about your painting ability. Polka dots, circles, and following the rings of the wood are all good choices too. Next, glue the mini clothespins to your silhouettes, either one in the center, or one at the top (facing up) and one at the bottom (facing down). Once your clothespinned silhouettes are dry, along with the painted wood slice, glue them together. You could just use the clips too, and skip the silhouette people. Done! And cute.

Finished Wood Valentines
Wood Valentines

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  • Artsy Forager
    February 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    What a cute idea! Love the silhouettes.

  • Sarah
    February 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Ah! This looks like so much fun! Come to New York! ;)

    • Making it Lovely
      February 13, 2013 at 1:24 am

      If the opportunity arises, I’d gladly come!

  • Maria Anne
    February 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    thanks for having us, it was so much fun!

  • Kim Vallée
    February 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    It seems like you had a lot of fun.

  • Alyssa Rose
    February 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    It was tons of good crafting fun, and it didn’t hurt having delicious treats! Thanks for having us!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

      The treats were all Anthropologie’s doing (and they did well). Glad you enjoyed the evening!

  • Ellie Jacobson
    February 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    OMG, how darling; I just love it!

  • Sarah
    February 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Ok…I live in Chicago, how did I miss this?! Bummed, looks like it was a lot of fun! Hope you do it again soon as I will most definitely be there.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 13, 2013 at 1:27 am

      I’d love to do it again sometime.

  • Susan
    February 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Both lovely and awesome! I adore how different yet perfect each person made their little sli.ce

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  • Laura @ Never Listless
    February 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    That is awesome! I am so inspired!

  • eskimo*rose
    February 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Cute idea – I like the minimal ones best … I would so love it if anthropology in London did this sort of thing … I’ll have to check it out …

  • Make and Do Girl
    February 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

    How funny. I made wood valentines this year too. ( I love how yours are painted. Wish I was closer and I would have loved to craft amid beautiful clothes with you!

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