DIY Valentine’s Day Banner

Decorate for Valentine's Day with this cute and festive banner.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Banner

We love to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here. Here’s a fun and easy DIY banner you can use for your Valentine’s Day party or to brighten up your home for a romantic evening for two. Here’s how to do it:

Materials:

  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper in pink and red
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Letter template
  • Used book (we got ours at the local library bookstore)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embellishments, such as small gems, pearls or glitter glue
  • Twine or string
  • Washi tape or tacks
  • Miniature clothes pins

How to Do It:

  1. Determine what size you want to make your banner pieces. We cut our banners to 4″ x 6″. Feel free to mix and match the pieces with patterned and solid paper.
  2. Cut into the middle of the banner to create the ribbon-like edging, then set the banner pieces aside.
  3. Rip out pages from the used book. Use a letter template to trace the necessary letters onto the back of the pages. Make sure you trace them backward—that way, when you cut them out, the right side won’t have any pencil markings. Double check that you have all the letters you need (and don’t forget the double letters, like P in happy).
  4. Lay out the banner pieces in whatever order you want, then use the double-sided tape to tape your letters (right-side up) onto the banner pieces. Embellish as desired.
  5. Use decorative tacks or Washi tape to hang the twine or string, then attach the banner pieces with miniature clothes pins.

Want more Valentine’s Day party ideas? Check out our posts here and here.

Special thanks to Havilah Steinman



The Apple Cider Recipe You Will Need This Fall


Nothing complements a fall afternoon quite like a warm mug of apple cider. Not only is it a comfort for the soul but for the body as well. This ancient drink is low in calories but high in antioxidants. Refrain from the urge to tear that packet of powdery mix. Just follow these simple steps to make your own, authentic cider.

Apple Cider Recipe
With its delicious flavor and rich aroma, it is no wonder hot apple cider is a welcoming addition to the season.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon apple juice or apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 cup orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup lemon peel, cut into strips
  • Large stock pot or crock pot

 

Directions:

  • Pour one gallon of fresh cider or juice into pot or slow cooker.
  • Add a half cup of brown sugar.
  • Place cloves, allspice, orange and lemon peels, and cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up. Add to the pot. (Coffee filters or a tea ball can be substituted for the cheesecloth).
  • In a crock pot: heat for 2 hours.
  • In a regular pot: heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the spices from the pot and serve.

 

Tips and twists:

For a different flavor, add cranberry juice.

For decoration, float orange slices in the pot or a whole apple, studded with cloves.

For kids: serve each mug with a cinnamon stick, kids love using them as straws.

For Adults: add a splash of rum or brandy to really spice things up.