Vintage Valentine Calendar/Frame (Tutorial)

Since today we're officially one month away from Valentine's Day, I thought it would be a good time to update my countdown calendar

You don't need to have a countdown calender if you want to make a version of this.  Just find a frame around your house that you're not using, add a vintage print, and a printed paper bunting and you're done.
Simple and FREE!

The vintage art is from VintageHolidayCrafts.com.  This site is FULL of links to vintage Valentine prints.  It also has a lot of other holiday prints as well.  If you like vintage, you'll love this site!
(My sister gets the credit for this fabulous find!)

You can find the print that I used here.

The print says:  Valentine Greeting
Ain't it nice to have a Sweetheart?

The Print

  • Copy and paste the picture into a document.  (I used Microsoft Publisher.)
  • Size your print, then print it onto white card stock or photo paper.

The Bunting
How to make it the colors of a vintage print.

  • In Microsoft Publisher (or Word), you first select Auto Shape in your tool bar and insert a triangle into the same document as your vintage print and then size it.  Mine is an inch wide at the bottom of the triangle.
  • Click on the triangle to highlight it, click on fill color in the tool bar (the paint bucket), and then select sample fill color.  Once your cursor looks like a dropper, you are ready to select a color.

  • Move the dropper over the print that you selected and click on a color that you want to use.
  • That color is now the fill color in the triangle.   Repeat these steps for the triangle's line color (the paint brush).
  • Copy and paste the triangle as many times as you need for the length of bunting you want. Repeat for any other colors you want to use.
  • Print the triangles on a piece of card stock and then cut around them.
  • If you'd like to use the same print that I chose, these are the colors that I used.

  • For the string, I used a thread from a piece of burlap.   It worked perfectly.  I hot glued the triangles onto the string and then taped the bunting to the back of my frame.
A  bunting would be a fun addition to a Valentine's version of this frame as well.

I've seen buntings around everywhere, but have never made one before.  I see now why they're so popular, they are so fun and easy to make! 

 Today's Fabulous Find...Vintage Valentine Prints 
and Printed Bunting

 I've entered my Interchangeable Countdown Calendar in the Valentine Challenge at the CSI Project.  Go check out all of the fabulous Valentine ideas!

Visit thecsiproject.com

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Karen said...

I love it! The bunting is adorable and I love the vintage print. Great job! I may have to make one for myself:)

Amy said...

Super cute! And thanks for tutorial on making the colors match! That's most of the battle for me right there!
As always, awesome stuff.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Love your countdown calendar board...and I love how you can change it up when you like. I've just got to find me something like this. Great link to all the vintage items...your sister did good. Ü

lynn said...

love the tut and the link to the vintage goodies-tfs!

Amanda said...

This is fab, thanks for sharing!

{northern cottage} said...

love the colors chosen on this one...so fun and fresh!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Janet what a fabulous transformation. Love the color and the embellishments are darling! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase; I greatly appreciate it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'll be featuring this today. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Heather@The Black's Best said...

I love the bunting and the two part frame. It is so fun to have a little chalkboard for the day of the month and then an interchangeable space you can decorate for each month. Great idea!


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