Decorating With Hearts

DIY Heart Cushion

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the web is filled with DIYs, gift ideas, and lovely products. February 14 isn’t the biggest date on the French calendar, but hey, I’m a romantic British expat, still very much in love, and I welcome the chance to celebrate Cupid’s arrow! In an ideal world every day would—or should—be Valentine’s Day. I mean “All you need is love,” right? I certainly think it’s the most important thing you can give to your children.

Heart motifs can be powerful, inspiring, and uplifting. Here are few simple ways to add them to children’s rooms.

Love Bird Garland By Felt Mountain Studios

Handmade Love Bird Garland
available for $11.70 from Felt Mountain Studios on etsy

Here’s a sweet and easy way to warm up a wall. Just drape this love bird banner across it and enjoy a folksy look all year long.

Raining Rainbow Hearts Mobile By The Rainbow Room

Handmade Cloud With Rainbow Hearts Mobile
available for $28.50 from The Rainbow Room on etsy

Decorating a wall with a beautiful string of colored hearts or hanging a handmade heart mobile in a nursery is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Etsy or Not On The High Street are great places to look for simple paper heart garlands or felted wool mobiles such as these. Of course, you could also make your own heart-bunting with your kids. I’m sure they’d be proud to display their finished work of art at home.

DIY Paper Heart By Ellen Giggenbach

DIY Paper Heart
available for $13 from Ellen Giggenbach on etsy

Ellen Giggenbach is a genius with paper. This simple, colorful design is laser-printed on stiff card stock and is sold ready to cut and assemble. A precious addition to any child’s wall, it would make a lovely Valentine’s Day gift for sure.

Hand-Painted Tattooed Sailor Doll By Blue Raspberry Designs

Hand-Painted Tattooed Sailor Doll
available for $80 from Blue Raspberry Designs on etsy

If wall-to-wall hearts are not your thing, why not just add a cute, comforting plush to a child’s room? Take a look at AleAle’s designs, Colette Bream’s Rosy The Bear Heart soft toy, or this quirky hand-painted sailor doll complete with heart tattoos, perfect for an older pre-teen or teen.

Retro-Style Heart Chair By The Heart Store

Child’s Retro Heart Chair
available for $79.48 from The Heart Store

Hearts on rugs, hearts on blankets, hearts on chairs—why not! I have to admit, even if it’s not my favorite color, my daughter Savannah would have just loved to have this foldable, retro pink or red heart chair when she was younger!

Pictured at the top of this post: This bright, colorful cushion makes me happy! Eye-catching and easy-peasy to make, this could be a fun family craft activity for Valentine’s Day. Why not make a few and group them together on a sofa or a child’s bed—those pretty hearts will keep you smiling all year long! Visit Sunday In Color for the tutorial.