Over the holidays, I made an All-Season Mason Jar Sign, which I can change up with each holiday. I had decorated it for Christmas with red berries, but now it’s time for Valentine’s Day! So today, I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Sign.
I received pretty papers and embellishments from Basic Grey to work with, and I immediately thought of our engagement pictures that we had taken in Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Gardens when I saw the papers had a sort of floral Asian motif going on, specifically the pagoda and the bridge. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the exact picture of us underneath the bridge in the tea garden, but I did find another engagement picture that I really love, next to a row of blush pink rose bushes at Embarcadero Center. So I created heart flowers with the papers to go along with the photograph. It all came together for my Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Sign, though you could definitely do this with a stand-alone jar.
Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Sign
- Basic Grey Dear Heart Collection Pack
- Basic Grey Dear Heart Cardstock, Vellum, and Felt Die Cuts
- Xyron Creative Station
- Something to cut out hearts, sized 1-inch, 1.5 inches, 2 inches, and 2.5 inches
- Scissors, or heart punches, or a die cutter and dies, or Cricut Explore (which is what I used)
- Cloth-covered floral wire (you can also use real or faux branches, or wood skewers)
- Mason jar
- Optional: All Season Mason Jar Sign tutorial
- 3-inch embroidery hoop and fabric
- Xyron Glue Dots
- Cheezy engagement photo
Select a few scrapbook papers and cut out your hearts in the four sizes listed above using any method you please. One “blossom” uses three hearts in the same size, so for each size, you’ll need to cut three hearts as you can see below. Try to cut each size uniformly. Then, fold them all down the middle. I cheated by using my Cricut Scoring Pen which created a score line down the middle, so it was super easy to create a neat fold. You can find the score line under Insert Shapes, then choose Line, in Cricut Design Space. Then you insert your scoring pen into the appropriate housing.
Now, take two of the three hearts, and run them through your Xyron Creative Station. I used the 7-inch Permanent Adhesive Cartridge. You can just run all three hearts through but just running through what you need will save adhesive. So for one heart, run it through flat. For the other, run it through folded in half. The 3rd heart will sit out. This allows more room on your adhesive roll, using less of it.
So you’ll have one heart that’s fully covered with adhesive, one heart that is half covered with adhesive, and one with no adhesive. You can definitely just apply adhesive to all three if you wish, though! Again, this way just saves adhesive.
Now to assemble the heart flower. If you have adhesive on all three hearts, just stick them together except for the last two sides. If you did it my way, here’s I adhered everything: First, take the heart that is all covered with adhesive (first heart), and the heart with half adhesive (second heart). Adhere the non-sticky side of the 2nd to the first heart. You’ll have two sticky sides exposed.
Adhere the 3rd heart (no adhesive) just one one side to one of the two sticky sides, but don’t close it up just yet…lay your floral stem in the middle. And finally, close the heart. So each flower will have three “petals”.
Repeat with the other hearts going down the stem.
And repeat with all your colors. I did five stems.
Now to decorate the outside of the mason jar, which acts as the “O” in LOVE on my sign. You can also do this if your mason jar is standing alone. I took a little embroidery hoop and inserted some fabric that coordinated with my papers. Then I used glue dots to adhere some felt embellishments from Basic Grey. I also used a journaling card (with the bridge and pagoda that reminded me of my engagement pictures) and adhered a print out of my photo on it. I was going to somehow tuck the photo behind the embroidery hoop, but it didn’t look right.
So instead, I put the photo on its own stem. Last touch was a bit of ribbon on the bottom of the journaling card. Then I arranged the heart flower stems behind it. All done!
I plan to hang my Love sign in our hallway photo gallery, but I have yet to add hanging hardware! So for now, it’s perched on our mantle.
Thanks Basic Grey for the pretty papers! It was fun going back in time almost 12 years, four years before our babies arrived. Can’t believe how perfect these papers were, reminding me of such a sweet and blissful time in our lives. Sigh, we look so young!
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