Have you thought about using some of the herbs from your summer garden to make dried herbs valentine projects? Of course, we grow the fresh herbs for eating, and then dry a good bit for winter cooking and medicinal concoctions. But if your herb garden is anything like mine, you still have plenty of herbs left to use in creative ways. As we are inching closer to the time of growing more herbs, I feel that I can spare some of the bounty for dried herbs valentine projects.
As I was thinking about what to do with the herbs that would look nice and neat, I kept envisioning a wooden wreath shape, used as a form, and the different herbs glued to the wood. Not only would it look pretty, but it would also release the aromatherapy components as I worked with the herbs! Bonus gift on the dreary winter days we have had.
Grab Supplies for Making Dried Herbs Valentine Projects
I love to use scraps and craft items that I always have around the house but in this case, valentine craft materials were not something I had on hand. Herbs and dried flowers were plentiful in my herb stash. I needed something to glue the herbs to, and make them into a dried herbs valentine projects. Time to head to the craft supply store. I purchased some basic wooden shapes and small bottles of red and pink craft paint, and a bottle of glue. That should be plenty of materials to play around with.
If you don’t want to spend even a penny, you can still make these crafts using cardboard as a background. Trace your shapes onto the cardboard and cut out the shapes or letters. Once the dried herbs valentine projects are done, no one will ever know.
Wooden Letters for Bunting
Heart Wreath Wall Hanging
Sachets and tag (printable tags click here)
These tags are a free printable for you to use for your own Valentine crafts. Click the link or click the tags to open a printable PDF version to print.
As I was creating, other ideas would come to mind. That’s how it is when you give yourself permission to be creative and get messy! It opens up a whole new area of the brain. These are simple enough to be family activities, too. And for more ideas on celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family, read this article.
Dried Herbs Valentine Projects
Cover the work space with newspaper or other protective layer. When I have ideas, I often work in stages. For example, in making these dried herbs Valentine projects, I painted the base coats of pink and red on all the pieces to get started.
The larger wall hanging sized heart could be used on a door or hung on a hook. I have a cabinet in our family area that I like to decorate. It’s right by our family dining table so I can enjoy the decorations often.
A couple of tips I discovered along the way:
You might find that you need more glue than you would normally use for crafting. I had to let the glue dry somewhat between adding layers of dried herbs. Also, the glue dries clear so it didn’t matter if I applied glue over top of a bottom layer of herbs, in order to add the bigger pieces last.
When working on the burlap and gluing the letters to it, make sure to be working on a protected paper. The glue may drip through, under the burlap.
Sachet or Potpourri Bag
Using only a small scrap of fabric, stitch up the bottom and sides. Fill with dried herbs. Tie the top shut with a pretty ribbon, string or cord. Add one of the printable tags available here. Brighten someone’s day with a pretty gift!
It is extremely easy to make bunting. Purchase a pre-made bunting if you prefer, but these are really just burlap triangles hung on a piece of twine.
First, paint the letters.
Next, apply glue where you want the dried herbs to design.
After the dried herbs have dried to the wooden letter, apply glue to the back of the letter and attach to the burlap triangle. Allow to dry flat until the glue is completely dry. As the glue is drying, make sure it hasn’t stuck to the paper covering the work surface. (If you didn’t grow herbs, don’t worry! you can buy dried herbs here)
There you have it. Three super easy crafts to pull together from the dried herbs and flowers you grew in your garden. Once you start to craft, I am sure you will think of even more wonderful gifts to make using dried herbs.
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