When I'm designing anything new, I first visualize what I want and then try to figure out how I can make my idea into a reality using easily available supplies. I like to try to use what I have on hand as much as possible. I really think that I end up with a more unique and creative item by changing my design to fit my supplies rather than running all over town trying to find supplies to fit my design. For this wall hanging, I bought the wood letters at my local craft store, but all the other materials were from my stash of yarn and crafty stuff.
I also do a lot of trial and error. I originally wanted to do the "O" in red yarn, which looked good on the craft table, but it really clashed with the cherry colored door so I had to change it to white. Then for the arrow, I thought about using a wooden dowel rod for the shaft, but it was too bulky. I ended up wrapping some wire around a pencil to form the arrow shaft and accented the arrow head with a bit of valentine's garland for some extra bling. Add a little ribbon to tie the letters together and hang them, and voila, a sweet hugs and kisses wreath just in time for Valentine's.
Does anyone else like to decorate their doors seasonally? I'd love to know what you are doing for February.