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Add a Little Spice with a Valentine Door Tote Pinterest Challenge

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It’s that time again! Pinterest Challenge time! And this month, I thought you might like to add a little spice with a Valentine door tote Pinterest Challenge!


This month’s Pinterest Challenge is all about Valentine’s Day door and wall decor.

If you are visiting here from Lora B. at Create and Ponder, welcome! Lora’s unique ‘twist’ (see what I did there?) on this challenge is super unique and lovely.

Whether you love lots of red-pink-and-white or you prefer a bit of understated decor for the holiday (can you see me raising my hand?), you’re sure to find something from me and 16 of my blogging buddies. Be sure to visit each blogger at the end of this post!

valentine door tote pinterest challenge supplies for creating a tote with flowers hanging on coat rack

What is the Pinterest Challenge?

For those of you that are new here, the Pinterest Challenge is a monthly post collection hosted by my dear friend Cindy from County Road 407. Cindy is an awesome host!

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Cindy chooses one inspirational photo and bunches of my blogging friends get together and put our own spin on the image. Super fun, and it makes for LOTS of ideas for y’all!

Valentine Door Tote Pinterest Challenge Inspiration

This months inspiration comes from Sky at Capital B blog.

Her quick and easy Valentine Heart Wreath was a catalyst for my Valentine door tote!

wire heart with pink hearts attached

Something you may not know about me, I don’t go all out for Valentine’s. I think the most ‘heart’ decor I’ve done at My Wee Abode was my Valentine kitchen, a ticking fabric heart wreath (yep, I DID create a wreath in the shape of heart!), and my velvet heart wood bead garland.

What can I say… Though I didn’t use a heart wreath for my ‘twist’, the heart shape, seasonal pinks, and the heart die cuts were the inspiration for my understated Valentine’s door tote decor.

And, mine is not quite as simple, however, it only took about 15 minutes to put together. Take a look!

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What You’ll Need

This door tote can either be filled with flowers (faux or fresh, just use a mason jar with water inside), or you can add just a few on the side to make it look like you just picked some on a morning walk.

valentine door tote pinterest challenge supplies for creating a tote with flowers
  • Woven tote (I picked mine up at a yard sale for $1… yep, one dollar! But, I’ve used it so often, you may want to splurge a little and use it more often for other seasons. Oh, and check eBay for ‘straw totes’!)
  • Silk florals… again, I splurged a little, but I will use these over and over again. I also went with some peachy-pink tones and white, like this rose sprig, white lilac, white hydrangea, and some ‘berries’. I purchased mine from a local design center, so I’m sharing some that are ‘close’ to what I used.
  • Corrugated Heart Picks from Hobby Lobby (run to the store, now!)
  • Mini Wood Hearts (why are you still sitting there? I said RUN to Hobby Lobby now! πŸ˜‰ )
  • Floral foam (just buy it in bulk… you’ll always have it available that way)

So, I have to admit… these supplies are not the easiest to find on the cheap. But all of these are items you will us over and over in your decor. I’m sure you’ll see them pop up at My Wee Abode again!

How to Create a Valentine Door Tote Wreath

This is so simple, I’m just going to tell your real quick what to do.

Add your floral foam to the bottom of your tote.

Then add your faux floral stems by following the numbers in the photo! πŸ˜‰ (It’s kind of a messy way to do it, but I’ve still got Tuesday Turn About to write, people!)

woven tote with faux florals and hearts with numbered arrows for instructions
  1. Add your hydrangeas, one on either side, and then one in the middle.
  2. Place your rose spray to the left, and separate and bend to spread a little on the left side (the bud is up at the top behind the hanger… I’ll show you more in just a second.)
  3. Add just one stem of white lilac or stock.
  4. Some height and texture is added with the berries on the right. Again, this is one spray that I bent and spread to look like more.
  5. Add your heart element. The original metal heart picks were red, and I repainted them to match my understated tones and added a little white glitter for just a touch of sparkle.
  6. You may want a little more heart element, like stringing these wooden hearts and hanging them on the handle of the tote (again these are painted to match with my favorite ColorShot acrylics, exclusively sold at Home Depot).

And that’s it!

Add a Little Spice with a Valentine Door Tote

Funny… I didn’t end up photographing my Valentine door decor on my outside door (which will be it’s regular ‘home’). We finally have some rain this week and it was too wet to take pictures outside.

So the next best place is in my tiny entryway.

valentine door tote pinterest challenge supplies for creating a tote with flowers hanging on coat rack
The aqua coat rack actually looks kinda nice with the peachy-pink floral tones.

This sweet little tote will easily transition into spring by taking out the heart accents!

woven tote with faux florals and hearts

If you spend a bit on faux flowers, it’s sometimes hard to tell if they are fresh or fake! πŸ˜‰

valentine tote pinterest challenge peachy flowers and heart in tote

Even this white stem (is it lilac or stock?) looks real this close-up (at least it does to me!)

valentine tote pinterest challenge peachy flowers and heart in tote

This string of hearts was easy to make by simply dry-brushing the hearts with my ColorShot acrylic craft paints.

string of wood hearts painted in peach and white on woven background

And these hearts were easy to repaint from their bright red color, too.

valentine tote pinterest challenge peachy flowers and heart in tote

And there’s that sweet little rose bud looking down at her garden of floral friends!

valentine tote pinterest challenge peachy flowers and heart in tote

Using a tote to replace a wreath on a door always ends up looking so fresh and pretty. It’s one of my favorite ways to decorate a door.

valentine door tote pinterest challenge supplies for creating a tote with flowers hanging on coat rack

Have you ever use a tote as a door ‘wreath’ or wall hanging? Will you try it now? πŸ˜‰

Now it’s time to hop on over to my dear friend and Tuesday Turn About cohort, Michelle at Thistle Key Lane. Michelle’s decor never disappoints, and she is putting a French country spin on her Pinterest Challenge!

Then be sure to take a peek at all my friends posts for more Valentine decor that can transition in to spring!

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  1. I love what you created this month and it’s wonderful that you can continue to enjoy this after Valentine’s Day by removing the hearts. The florals that you used are so realistic and I agree that they are a great investment that you can enjoy for years to come. My grandmother used totes like yours for door wreaths and reading your post brought back some great memories for me. You did a wonderful job for this challenge!

    1. Oh, thank you, Paula! I was feeling a bit down about my photos (my kit lens needs to be retired!), but your kinds words lifted my spirits! Thank you, dear friend!

  2. This is so pretty! I love how you can rework it for different holidays and purposes! You’re so creative!
    I’d love it if you’d share it at my link party this week, too! Sundays on Silverado!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  3. I love your unique take on the Valentines wreath! Everything about your tote is stunning, I’m a huge sucker for real-looking faux flowers! And, very clever to make something that will easily transition into Spring! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Your sweet words are so encouraging! Sometimes these hops are a bit intimidating, so I really appreciate the support and ‘love’!

    1. Well, that’s a great compliment coming from you, Angie! Thank you so much, and always look forward to your work!

  4. I love a good tote with flowers and this one is beautiful. Your flowers look so real and since you can use it all spring is fantastic! I didn’t say summer because if you’re anything like most creatives, we’ll want something new for summer. πŸ˜‰ Glad you were able to join us this month. Pinned!

    1. I know! I’m like, should I use this for summer? Nah… I already have something else in mind! πŸ˜‰ (Used in a past post, but no one will ever know… who am I kidding. They’ll know!)

  5. Julie, I just love what you have done with that gorgeous tote! What a bargain you got on your tote! It’s so pretty! I love how you have arranged your beautiful flowers inside your tote. You just can’t tell that they are faux. It always pays to invest in “good” faux flowers. I really enjoy shopping at Hobby Lobby when we are down in the USA, Can’t wait until our borders are open!

    Have a great day and enjoy looking at that beautiful tote filled with those lovely flowers! It just makes your heart happy to look at it!

    Bless you, Julie! Enjoy your week.

    1. Oh, thanks so much Mary-Ann! I love that we have a design center just 15 minutes away… it’s like a Disneyland for designers! HUGE, always something new to discover, and your feet are killing you by the time you’re done shopping there for hours! πŸ˜‰

  6. Julie, I love your door tote! The flowers you chose and the extra (yet subtle) heart embellishments are in perfect harmony. Love the rack you used to hang your tote, too! I’d want my tote indoors to admire!

  7. Hi Julie, I love the garage sale find tote! I may circle back and ask you to add it to my FB group once we get closer to garage sale season! I love how yours turned out. the flowers are perfect! great job! laura

  8. I love your tote version of this challenge, Julie! And yes, finding a straw purse at the thrift store would be a great option; I better remember that next time I’m there:) Happy Valentines!

  9. Julie!!!!! I’ve missed coming over… I need to get over more often! Your basket turned out really pretty and yes, I agree. If you buy better florals they really can look really real. The tote is really pretty and has such a nice weave. <3 I have the same blue coat hook rack ready to hang up in my craft room.

    Hope all is well and Happy Valentine's soon!
    Barb πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, I’ve missed seeing you, too, Barbara! I hope all is well with you! Thanks for the sweet comment, and hugs to you, sweet friend!

  10. Just adorable Julie! This is one of my favorite projects of yours. Beautiful arrangement and yes the flowers look real to me too. Such a darling arrangement with the hearts. I’m so glad to see how so many are recycling what they have for this hop. So smart my friend!

    1. Thanks, Jenn… I love cottage style decor, but I’m leaning to a bit more simple and neutral these days. We’ll see what happens! πŸ˜‰

  11. So pretty! I’ve never used a tote for a floral arrangement. I want a straw looking one now; I like the variety instead of always using wreathes. I have a rainbow colored one I might dig out for the summer. I think yours would be great for a beachy/nautical arrangement come summer. One way I cut expense costs is to usually use scrap styrofoam (that things come packed in). In an arrangement, I usually cover it with Spanish moss to camouflage the white. I almost always buy my flowers on clearance, after the season and have a great (awful?) stash. Time to get the daffodils out to hurry spring along!

    1. I know, Kathy… totes are the new wreath?! LOL! I often recycle my foam, as well… until it starts falling apart, and that takes a while. πŸ™‚

  12. I agree with you Julie about the blue tones looking so good with your peachy-colored flower choices! Hanging this woven bag on your door will look so good!. Now I have to go find one for my front door!! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    1. Thanks, Cindy… I didn’t realize when I did it how much I would like the colors together! It worked! πŸ˜‰

  13. Stopping in for a second time to request that you share how this looks on your door. I know it is going to look great! I tried to put my copper pipe wreath on my front door but it wasn’t very visible from the street. I switched it to another VDay wreath and noticed today that that one doesn’t show up either. I have another wreath in my stash, will try it tomorrow.

    1. You are so funny! My patio ‘garden’ does not look the best right now, but I’ll try to get it done… just for you! πŸ˜‰

  14. OMG, Julie, this is so pretty. I love the straw tote. I have lots of fun totes but not a straw one. The flowers look great. The tote will look great just for spring. I love it on your entry hooks. Happy Valentine’s, sweet friend.

  15. Love how this tote turned out! It’s such a pretty accent for a door, or all kinds of spaces in your home! You chose such pretty flowers to include in your arrangement, Julie.

    1. Thanks so much, Shawna. My sweet 5 year old grandson saw it this weekend and said, “G, that’s beautiful… I love all the flowers!” He’s my “relational” one. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Danielle… it’s one of my fave door decors so far! I think I will do it again for spring… with something a bit different.

  16. Love the arrangement in a tote, Julie! The straw bag adds so much texture and the handle is perfect for hanging. Those faux flowers are so pretty and the pale salmon pink with white is one of my favorite color combos that works well beyond Valentines Day and on into spring!

    1. Yes… I love this arrangement for spring, too! Thanks for dropping by… I always appreciate your comments! Hugs!

  17. Oh my gosh CUTE!! How come I’ve never thought of using a straw tote on my door before?! It’s AMAZING!! Thanks so much for the inspo…I’m excited to make this for spring!!

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