I think this is the year of simple for me.

Anyone else on the same page?

Right now I’m going through all my closets and drawers and cabinets and shelves and cupboards and packing it all up and donating it. I stopped working on so many things that were taking up space in my day and my head that I didn’t need to be concentrating on. I also started a simple morning routine that’s keeping me on track and keeping me centered and keeping me focused on what’s truly important in life.

I’m simplifying my stuff.

I’m simplifying my routines.

I’m simplifying my day.

And I’m simplifying my projects.

So here’s the first simple project of the year that takes about 30 minutes to make and will make your day (and your Valentine’s) a little brighter and I even filmed a fun video to go along with it.

A DIY Valentine heart pillow.

And speaking of simple?

This craft is even easier if you follow along with the video.

All the instructions are written below.

Hope this helps make it a little easier.


1/4 yard red burlap fabric

1 yard polka dot ribbon

cream 20″x 20″ pillow cover

fabric glue


Step 1: Cut out hearts from red burlap

You can either make a pattern and trace and cut out the hearts, or I show you my foolproof method for cutting hearts out in the video.

You’ll need about 25 hearts of varying sizes.

Cut all the larger hearts out of the red burlap.

Step 2: Cut out hearts from burlap ribbon

Next, cut the ribbon into squares.

Fold in half and cut out tiny hearts.

You’ll need about 10 hearts cut out of the ribbon.

Step 3: Assemble the red hearts

Place the red hearts on the white pillow cover.

Arrange them with different size hearts turned in different directions.

Leave space between each of the hearts.

Step 4: Glue the hearts

After you have the pattern that you like, glue the hearts in place.

Add fabric glue to the back of the heart.

Flip over and press into place.

Step 5: Layer the polka dot hearts

After the red hearts are glued in place, add a layer of small burlap hearts to the pillow cover.

Place the polka dot hearts on top of the red hearts.

Glue in place.

Step 6: Stuff the pillow cover

After the hearts are dry, unzip the pillow cover and add a down pillow.

Zip the pillow in place and fluff.

Now your pillow is ready to decorate.

Here’s to all the simple.

2021 is its year.

I just know it.

And in amazing news? It’s going to be a good one.

And now?

Here are some amazing 30-minute crafts from some of my incredible friends.

30 Minute DIY Crafts

Tatertots and Jello | Yarn-Wrapped Cardboard Hearts and a Valentine’s Jar Centerpiece 

Yarn-wrapped cardboard hearts are so simple to make and can be used for all kinds of Valentine’s Day crafts. Add them to clear jars for a pretty centerpiece idea!

My 100 Year Old Home | Pink Apples Valentine’s Day Craft

This DIY Valentine’s Day Craft is so easy. This is a fun way to add pink foil leaf to any faux fruit in less than thirty minutes.

The DIY Mommy | DIY No-Sew Fabric Heart Banner for Valentine’s Day

 This DIY no-sew heart banner is a sweet decor accent for Valentine’s Day. The best part? It only takes 30 minutes to make and it doesn’t require any sewing at all.

Happy Happy Nester | DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas

This easy DIY Valentine’s Day decor wreath can be made in 30 minutes or less. Make mini bouquets of pink Bunny Tail grass and glue them to a wreath form. This soft pink wreath is perfect for styling a mantel, wall, or shelf.

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I have been on a simplifying journey for almost two years now. Life is so much calmer now that I have routines to stick to (Thank you to Diane in Denmark!) and less stuff to manage. Best wishes to you as you simplify!

  2. Image for Patti Harrison Patti Harrison

    I am reading your book Karianne and I think I need extra help! We have a Cape Cod home with a longish living room, fireplace, and “L” shaped dining room. We also have a baby grand piano! Where do I place my sofa?? Patti

  3. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Adorable. I decided many years ago to simplify my life - one man! one credit card!! But seriously, the most helpful thing is this - I do certain things on certain days - this was true when I still worked a hectic job, all the way to my retirement at 57. I plan my week - sheets and upstairs cleaning one day, and so forth. Once that area is done I don't think about it until the next week. I plan my meals two weeks at a time - no food waste that way - and when I came home from work I already had a game plan. I try not to let other things distract me - like when I am doing the upstairs I don't stop and try to clean the living room or family room as well the same day. I keep up with the clutter, opening mail and putting important stuff in my office, and shredding the rest every single day. Just a couple of life simplifying hints.

  4. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I’m a minimalist groupie. It’s helped in so many areas of my life. To get back on track for 2021 I just watched the documentary Less Is Now. I have to confess that crafting items are my total weakness. I just donated 2 large cartons to a art recycling store. My goal is to finish one item before I bring another into the house. Wish me luck. Needless to say your creation is at the top of my “make it” list.

  5. Image for Jennifer Dynys Jennifer Dynys

    I love simple! I get so many things going at once that my head feels cluttered! I am working on doing the right things at the right time. So much more peaceful in my head that way!

  6. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Loved the transformation of your top stair landing re-do. Your helper up and down that ladder gets seriously bonus points!!!! Your heart burlap pillow is adorable. Yep - keep it simple. That is where I am going with life, too, as much as I am able. Keep up the good work!!!!


    KariAnne, you always bring us the nicest crafts! Love all your ideas as well as your videos. It's always nice to hear your voice! This Heart Pillow is just so cute! I'm going to make my two sisters one for Valentine's Day. Thanks, again, for sharing all your DIY's with us!

  8. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So fun! I call January the clean out and simplify month. Thanks for the video tutorial-you look wonderful.

  9. Image for Sonya Sonya

    Simple projects are my all time favorite and this one is the cutest. I have been doing some serious simplifying of my home as well. This would be a cute little project to do with my class for them to give to their mother for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day.

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