This adorable “XO” door decoration may not technically be a wreath, but it sure is a fun way to welcome your guests with hugs and kisses.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there is no need to worry. I made this quick and easy door decoration in 30 minutes for under $10, and you can, too.
To cover the X and O, I purchased 3 packages of paper craft (washi) tape, each containing 2 10-yard rolls of tape with coordinating patterns.
To keep the cost down, I bought my paper craft tape off of the clearance rack. I chose tapes with patterns containing mostly pink, red and white, and each pack cost $1.79 (clearance price).
I did get a really great price, and I recommend checking the clearance rack at your local craft store. However, if I you have to purchase your tape at the regular price, it should still be fairly reasonable. I have more than half of each of the 10-yard rolls left over for future projects.
Valentine’s Day “XO” Wreath Supplies
- Foam core board (20×30 inch or bigger)
- Large T-square or yard stick
- Scrap piece of cardboard 8.5 inches long
- Pin or thumb tack
- Exacto knife
- Masking or Duck tape
- Paper craft tape (washi tape)
- Ribbon to hang (Note: instead of ribbon, I used a heart garland from the Dollar Tree)
Valentine’s Day “XO” Wreath Instructions
Prepare your foam core and create a makeshift compass (tool to draw a perfect circle) out of your scrap piece of cardboard
- Using your pencil, draw a dividing line across the width of your foam core, dividing it into two (approximately) 20×15 sections.
- To create a compass out of the 8.5″ piece of scrap cardboard, begin by poking a pin (or thumb tack) 1/2 inch from one end.
- Next, poke a hole large enough for the tip of your pencil 1/2 inch from the other end of the cardboard (the pin and pencil tip should be approximately 7.5 inches apart – 1/2 the width of one side of your foam core).
- Measuring from the side from which you measured the first pencil hole, poke a second pencil-sized hole 4 inches from the end (3 1/2 inches further in than the hole you poked in step 4).
Draw and cut out the O
- Mark the center of one side of your foam core board, and then stick the pin of your compass into the center.
- Place the tip of the pencil through the pencil hole closest to the end of the other side of your compass, and then trace the outside circle of your O.
- Now, place the tip of the pencil through the second pencil hole of your compass, and then trace the inside circle of your O.
- Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut out your O, and then carefully cut out the center of your O.
Draw and cut out the X
- On the other side of the foam core board, draw a 15 inch square (your O should be about 15 inches in diameter).
- With your yard stick at the top of the square, draw a 5 inch line from one corner of the square towards the center, and then draw another 5 inch line from the opposite corner towards the center of the square. Repeat step 2 at the bottom of the square.
- Using your yardstick, draw a straight line from the inside of the top left line to the outside of the bottom right line. Then, draw a straight line from the outside of the top left line to the inside of the bottom right line. You now have one “line” of your X.
- Repeat step three to create the other line of the X.
- Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut out your X following the outside line.
Cover X and O with paper craft (washi) tape, and then attach your ribbon
- Cover the X and O with paper craft tape. (To save tape, I just covered the front of the letters.)
- Be creative in mixing and matching patterns and colors.
- When your letters are done, turn them over and attach the ribbon to the letters using masking tape or Duck tape.
- Hang and enjoy!