{tipster tuesday} vintage valentine inspiration

It’s time for our next edition of…

Before Jenny takes over with craft projects for our “A Vintage Valentine” collaboration, I wanted to share with you that each of the Crew members was given a budget to work with—$16.66! It has been so exciting to see what they have created on such a tight budget! One of the benefits when working as a team is that when one person needs a little backup—a few more pennies in this case—the rest of the team is there to offer a helping hand…out! {giggle}

Take it away, Jenny!

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Inspired by the beautiful, vintage Valentine’s Day designs by Piggy Bank Parties, I created doily balloons, felt heart pencils and lace covered coffee cups for our Crew collaboration. Below are all the materials, directions and breakdown of costs for all three projects.


Doily Balloons


  • Punch Balloon (Dollar Store sells in packs of 3 for $1)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Lace
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon


Cut lace into small sections. Set aside.

Blow up punch balloon. Tape the knot directly to the balloon so it will not show. If you would like to add a ribbon to hang down, tie the ribbon around the knot before taping it to the balloon.

Place a piece of lace over the balloon adding slits where necessary so fabric can lay flat on the balloon.

Using a foam paint brush, paint Modge Podge on the edges of the lace.

Continue to Modge Podge all areas, smoothing the lace and any bumps as needed.

Lace edges can overlap slightly like this, just add extra Modge Podge to those areas to prevent bumps.

Let dry overnight in a well ventilated area.


Lace and Burlap Coffee Cups


  • Coffee to go cups
  • Lace
  • Burlap (less than 1/4 yard needed for 9 cups) or Pink Felt
  • Spray Glue
  • Scissors


Cut one cup open to use as a template for your sleeve.

Lightly spray glue the lace and place on top of the burlap or felt. Smooth out any bumps. 

Flip the burlap over, trace your sleeve template and cut out

Add more spray glue to the back of the burlap or felt, wrap around the coffee cup. 


Felt Heart Pencils


  • Red, White and Pink Felt
  • Pencils
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Cotton Balls
  • Scissors
  • Heart template (I used heart shaped cookie cutters)


Trace hearts of various sizes on felt pieces, cut out and set aside. You will need at least 2 hearts of the same size per pencil.

Hot glue the top of the pencil to the felt heart. Then glue an extra scrap of felt across the pencil for support. A variation of this would be to glue around the area where the pencil would be to create a pocket (if you wanted the felt heart top to be removable).

Cut one cotton ball in half and glue one half to each side of the heart. This will make the heart puffy.

Add any embellishments to the felt heart being used as the front of the heart pencil.

Glue the 2 hearts together. Be careful! The glue will be very hot and felt cannot be adjusted once it is in place.



Felt Squares (3 red, 2 pink, 1 white square x  $.29) = $1.74

Pencils ($.05 x 12) = $.60

Lace = $8.50

3 Punch balloons = $1.00

Modge Podge = $3.00

Coffee Cups ($.10 x 9) = $.90

Burlap (1/4 yard) = $.75

Red Ribbon = $1.50

Grand Total: $17.99 (coming in a teeny, tiny bit over budget by $1.33)

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