Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. It’s a great time for a fun DIY! Here are Pinterest props I’ve been drooling over - including their How-To links!
Make it as big or as small as you want, this DIY String Heart would look great in any Valentine’s Day window display or vignette. Play around with colours and materials. Tailor it to your own needs.
Simple. Light weight. Versatile.
Suspend it in just about any display. Use either a low temperature glue gun or pins to be able to change out the flowers if you ever tire of them.
My tips: Cover the foam heart in fabric to add a bit of visual lust from the side.
Want a full window display? Make a few of these gorgeous Hanging Flower Hearts to fully accent your store’s windows.
Imagine a bunch of these garlands strung up around mannequins in a Valentine’s Day window display! :)
Make a couple extra to decorate the cash desk, bringing the love inside and tying it all together.
My tips: Check your local craft store, as the link to their felt balls seems to be broken.
Want to add a bit of flair? Consider using a different material – perhaps some cute craft pompoms!
Versatile and reusable, this heart made with chicken wire on a frame is your answer to different window displays throughout the year.
My Tip: Make a frame with mitered corner joints for a more polished look.
I love a nice, full backdrop, and this one is super fun!
It’s been floating around Pinterest for a few years now - it gives you big bang for your buck. The fringe could be prepared at home to save some time.
In need of a quick decoration? This one’s a classic. Use these paper heart chains as an accent or fill a window with them.
My Tips: Use coloured staples to blend in with the paper. Also, use a variety of colours - or take it up a notch with pretty scrapbooking paper. The possibilities are endless!
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Valentine’s Day is a winter celebration, so twigs are appropriate!
This simple DIY can be done on any scale. For a full-sized window display with mannequins, consider using dry brush, curly willow, or tall twigs - from a local hardware or craft store - and an oversized vase.
Okay, I know... We’re all getting tired of paper flowers, but this paper rose flower had to be included in my list.
It’s very well done, provides great instructions, with a professional finish. For Valentine’s Day, I think it’s okay to do one more paper flower craft.
Thanks for dropping by! If you have any personal favourites, feel free to add them in the comments (with appropriate credit to the creator). If you have any questions about Valentine’s Day displays or need some help creating your own, get in touch with us today!
I first found Fixtures Close Up on Pinterest and now I look forward to my daily fixtures emails, so I asked Tony Kadysewski if I could share some of my favourites with you. He generously agreed, so here they are in no particular order.
Also... These are just the favorites I found, there are so many more gems all over the Fixtures Close Up blog. You can find everything from big box retail solutions to high end boutique solutions, so set aside some time to go digging!
This is a great DIY project for your store! Be sure to merchandise any unique configurations neatly to really maximize impact.
What a great industrial look for menswear! If you're not handy, though, be sure to get help from someone who is.
What a fun fixture to put together yourself and it wouldn't even be overly expensive!
What a fun display! This could be done anywhere in-store, just be sure it's a feature area. It could also be a fun backdrop in a simple window with a mannequin.
Okay, ordinary pegboard usually isn't the go-to material when we think of visual merchandising, but here it is looking good for menswear! This is pegboard done right.
Do you really want to make something feel special? Put it in a bell jar!
Ahhhh... Doesn't it just make sense?
I've loved this fixture from the first time I saw it and it makes a great DIY project for items sold in bulk!
Ahhhh... A good colour flow just makes my heart happy...
Add on selling at its best! They say visual merchandising is the silent sales person for a reason...
Do you have more favourites? Link to them in the comments section below and don't forget to follow the links to the actual articles from Fixtures Close Up. There, you'll find more info and additional photos!
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I thought it would be fun to include some blog posts about creating props, so I've been waiting for a great prop project to blog about!
There's no sense in beating around the bush, so here it is... The Twisted Tissue Paper Lollipops tutorial!
These Lollipops were created for a tree in Festival of Trees Edmonton (for the University Hospital Foundation), but could be used in a window display, candy shop, or for a party! All you need to do is use your imagination... and get comfortable in front of the TV while you twist the tissue paper for them.
Start by cutting your paper plates to the desired size. It helps to at least cut the lip off the edge, allowing the plate to flatten a bit.
Then begin twisting your tissue, one sheet at a time. Plan which colours you want for each pop and twist according to how many you think you'll need. It's faster and easier to twist first and glue later.
Next, it's time to get ready for glue, so remember to protect your surface before adhering the tissue. Twist the pieces together and begin by gluing in the center of your plate.
Rotate and twist around the glued down center, gluing every inch or so. I used hot glue which adheres quickly, but beware: hot glue burns! It's actually really tough not to burn yourself when working with hot glue and tissue paper. I'd love to hear other adhesive suggestions in the comments section below, just note that double sided tape didn't work very well and I don't recommend it.
Keep twisting and rolling your tissue around (twist sections together and adhere with a dot of glue when you need to attach a new piece) until you reach the end. Once you've filled your paper plate completely, finish it off with a dot of glue and trim the end.
Now you're ready for what comes next! Some might want to leave them like this, others may want to just add cellophane, and I went all the way and added a stick and cello. This gave them the traditional lollipop look and created some stability so that I could wire them to the tree. It all depends on what you're planning for their end use.
I attached the chopsticks to the backs simply by breaking them apart and adhering them with electrical tape in white as you see below.
Wrapping them in cellophane is easy, just cut a piece large enough, wrap, and twist around the stick. Then tie a ribbon around it!
I used curling ribbon to tie first and trimmed it down so that it would be easy to cover up. I did this so that I didn't have to worry about making it pretty, I just needed to think about getting it tight. Pretty comes next.
Next, I trimmed the cellophane at the bottom by giving it small snips and then tearing pieces off. Last, but not least, tie it with a pretty ribbon!
If I was going to use it somehwere where the stick could be seen, I would have painted the chopsticks white or purchased white dowels, but since the stick would be mostly hidden, a bare chopstick worked! Boy am I glad I saved them... Sometimes hoarding pays off I guess, wink wink!
Use your imagination for colour combinations and lollipop applications! Mine were in this tree (below), but yours could be used anywhere! Just plan for an hour per lolli... That's how long it took me, anyway. If you have any suggestions for adhesives or speeding up the process, I'd love to hear them. I'm always open to suggestion! Otherwise, enjoy your new tissue paper lollipops!
Melissa Mainville is the owner and operator of Flourish Design & Merchandising. She has a passion for retail and tons of experience in the industry. Learn more here.