Valentine’s Day Craft

Hey, hey!  How was your weekend?  I’d love to say I spent the weekend catching up on housework, but the truth is I chose to do a little bit of crafting instead.  Can you blame a girl?

My first project was a Valentine’s Day Sunburst.

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I grabbed a few things I had around the house, (if you’ve been around here a while you know I do that–a lot) and got my craft on!

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This sunburst was pretty easy to make.  Check out the tutorial below so you can make your own!


Wood charger (I used one left over from this project)

Package of cardboard straws

Latex paint (I have sample sizes in a variety of colors in my craft closet)

Small foam brush

Plain paper (or cardboard)

Glue gun (and sticks)

Wood letters or word applique

Fine grit sandpaper

Mod Podge or any other spray sealer (optional)

“D” Hook (optional)


1. Paint the charger in your color of choice using the foam brush.

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{I wasn’t too worried about getting every nook and cranny because I was going to distress the wood.  Also, because my plan was to paint a white heart in the center, I didn’t worry about covering that part with the red paint}.

2. Cut out a heart shape from the cardboard or plain paper (I did it the old fashioned way by folding the paper in half like I learned in elementary school).  Then with a pencil I traced it onto the wood charger.

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3. Remove the cut out and fill the heart in with white paint (or any color you like).  Allow it to dry.

4. Run the fine grit sandpaper (120 grit+) over the plate to where some of the wood shows through, giving it a vintage look.

5. Using the glue gun, start to add a drop of glue to each straw, and glue them on to the back of the plate in a ‘starburst’ fashion.

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6. While the glue dries, start to paint your letters.  In my case I used a wood word applique I found at Michael’s for just 99 cents (score!).  I didn’t have quite the right shade of blue I wanted handy, so I mixed up some left over paint from the vintage window I’d painted recently, and some white craft paint.

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love, wood applique, valentines, diy, craft 7. Once the paint is dry, distress the wood applique (using the sandpaper), then add a little hot glue to the back and center it on to the charger.

8. I sprayed the entire piece with Mod Podge to seal it–this is optional.

wood applique, blue, mixed paint, distress, hot glue, sunburst, love, valentines, diy, craft 9.  Lastly, I hot glued a ‘d’ hook to the back, for an easy way to hang it up, this is also optional.  You can find these hooks at any home improvement store.

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{**Mess up alert: You may notice a little red peeking out from under the blue.  At first I painted the letters in red, but once it dried I realized there was way too much red going on, so I opted to paint over it in the blue I made.  Craft fails happen people.  I dealt with it and moved on! }

vintage window, teal, sunburst, love, valentines day, wood applique, diy, craftsI was going to place this on a large mirror I have over the mantel, but I’m loving how the Valentine’s Day Sunburst looks against the vintage window!  However, I’m still keeping my options open for the mantel– I’ll keep you posted, of course!

For now, it sits in my foyer and greets my guests with a burst of love!  Corny anecdotes aside, I dig these colors together!

{**Materials note:  You may notice I don’t use fancy schmancy vinyl cutters to come up with shapes like hearts and lettering, so if you don’t have a Silohuette or Cricut then don’t worry, there are many ways around it.  Not that these machines aren’t super cool to have, but if you don’t you can still create pretty crafts the old fashioned way!}

Do you decorate your foyer or entry way for Valentine’s Day?



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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Lovely….I like the color combo with the blue and the red…
    What’s the deal with spraying on Mod Podge? Have I missed something? Please do tell…

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says:

      Ellen, Thank you! Oh yes, you can use Mod Podge spray as a sealer. I use it quite often to seal paper projects or things that get light traffic. This project won’t get too much traffic, but I worry that when I store it after the holiday it may get scratched or whatnot, the Mod Podge typically takes care of that. Appreciate the comment!

  2. Hey hun, your pictures are not displaying correctly.

  3. So pretty! I love the color combo and the red peeking out of the blue looks “distressed” and beautiful! ;) Thanks for sharing!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says:

      Thank you Julie! I thought I had totally messed it up with the red underneath, but sometimes a craft fail, can work in my favor! Thank you so much for stopping by, see you around here again soon!

  4. Love the color combo and the use of the straws. I’ve got an aqua/red color combo for my decor too!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says:

      Thanks Kelly! Great minds think alike! I’m in love with all shades of blue, so I try to pair it with as much as I can as the seasons come and go. For Valentine’s it’s red, but I’m already looking ahead to Easter!

  5. What a darling craft! I never would have thought of doing something like that, but I absolutely adore it! Love the turquoise and love the vintage window too :)

  6. Hi, I love this wreath and would love to have you link up to my DIY Wreath blog. It is a blog for, obviously, making your own wreaths and will be a resource for anyone who wants to make their own wreaths. Hope to see you there. Linda

  7. Very pretty! Love how it looks on the vintage window!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says:

      Thank you Kara! I decided to put it over the mantel instead, but I’ve been back and forth about it so we’ll see where she lands!

  8. I’m featuring this bad boy in my “Best of ” round up from this week’s linky party tomorrow. :) XOXO

  9. I love the use of the straws!

  10. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  11. I adore this wreath! The color combination is gorgeous and I love the creative use of the straws! :)

  12. LOVE this! Great job!

  13. Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by next week!

  14. This is beautiful and SO creative! Obviously I am not the only one who thinks so as I have seen it all over the place around blogland! lol! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday! I’m following along on Facebook now.
    Jenn :)

  15. Looks super cute! I really like how the red shows through the blue – looks like a planned technique!
    Love the colors together too!
    Thanks for sharing – have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  16. Love your VT’s starburst Barbara! :) craft fails? yeah, we’ve all had them!


  17. Super cute!

  18. Adorable!!

  19. This is absolutely stunning!!

  20. Barbara, this is so beautiful! Visiting from Moonlight & Mason jars – thank you so much for co-hosting!


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