Quick & Easy DIY for Valentine's Day

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Introduction: Quick & Easy DIY for Valentine's Day

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Do you have an extra 15 minutes for a quick & easy DIY for Valentine's Day? At no cost? I did, and came up with this cute little recycled Tshirt heart for a no-sew addition to your Valentine's decor this year. And when the holiday is over, poof!, it just comes right off to be stored with all your DIY goodies until next year.

Step 1: What You Need:

What you'll need:

An existing pillow
A red recycled Tshirt
A cereal box (or any other recycled cardboard)
Stapler
Scissors
A large flat surface brooch or pin
Blue tack (which is white in this case)

Step 2: Cut Tshirt

Cut your Tshirt into small squares. Mine were about 3 1/2 inches, and they certainly don't have to be perfectly square. Actually, this project only required the back side and sleeves of my Tshirt, so I've saved the front to make one of these adorable recycled T shopping bags. Next, begin with a single square stapled in the middle of your heart.

Flip over the side of that first square, and repeat again directly beside.

Step 3: Center Row

Here's what it looked like when I had the center row completed on both sides of that center square.

Then it dawned on me! Duh! Use the same technique that everyone is using with the coffee filter lamps. Fold over the square, and then fold it again. Then I finished off the heart by stapling these at the base of the fold and just kept moving from the center of the heart outwards to the edges.

Step 4: It May Not Be Pretty...

When you are done with the staples, it may not look pretty from the back - but it doesn't need to!

Flip it over, stand back, and give a little smile of admiration to your sweet little recycled T heart.

Step 5: Pin to the Pillow

To get that heart on the pillow without a sewing commitment (anyone else with me on my sewing machine phobia?), simply lather blue tack all over your flat brooch, pin it to your pillow, and press on your heart.

Step 6: Voila!

Voila! It's quick, it's easy, and it's temporary! No one knows the difference - so find that too-small red Tshirt hanging around your house and create yourself a smile today!

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    I don't have an instructable for the mirror, but I do have a tutorial on my blog if you'd like to have a look.

    http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-recycled-magazines-as-mirror.html?showComment=1328304026299#c6785882475433008150

    Thanks!
    Michael