I built a two-storey Love Hearts display outside my home for Valentine’s Day and it’s raised a few eyebrows
- Carmen Croxall, from Alphington, Devon, built a two-storey Valentine’s display
- The 17-foot model, made from MDF, consisted of a pack of the Love Heart sweets
- Read More: Christmas lover transforms her property into a gingerbread house
A designer built a two-storey Love Hearts Valentine’s display outside her home out of MDF.
Carmen Croxall, from Alphington, Devon, took to her TikTok @clashcreativehome, to showcase her incredible design and left her followers stunned with the results.
In a clip, which racked up 621, 000 views, Carmen unveiled her giant display after pulling off a pink sheet which covered it.
The 17-foot model, which was made from varnished MDF, consisted of a huge pack of the Love Heart sweets in a slew of pastel colours.
She captioned the clip, which has over 43,000 likes: ‘Disclaimer I varnished these props before using outside. MDF not recommended for outdoors but my giant Gingerbread House was ok outside in bad rain for two months.’
Fans loved her quirky decoration with people rushing to the comments to leave their thoughts.
One person wrote: ‘WOW! You killed it, this is soooo cool!’ While another wrote: ‘Your so creative. Your home is gorgeous too!!!’
However Carmen, who owns the prop business ThePropFactoryLtd, confirmed that the unique display has had some strange responses from her neighbours.
When one follower what it was supposed to be, she wrote: ‘Sweets falling out of a tube, or as my neighbour says “a giraffe”.’
Many also had plenty of questions for the designer which she appeared happy to answer.
One person wrote: ‘I love it but….. it’s January….. To which Carmen replied: ‘I alway put my displays out early as they take so flipping long! they deserve extra time! case closed.
Another asked: ‘Will that not blow over with the wind. My trampoline just took off.’ To which she replied: ‘it’s mega mega heavy on the bottom!.
And someone else said: ‘Do you keep these in storage somewhere afterwards?’ And she said: ‘I recycle into something new. but yes I own a warehouse for my day job.’
Carmen Croxall, from Alphington, Devon, built a two-storey Love Hearts Valentine’s display outside her home out of MDF
The designer took to her TikTok @clashcreativehome, to showcase her incredible design and left her followers stunned with the results
The 17-foot model, which was made from varnished MDF, consisted of a huge pack of the Love Heart sweets in a slew of pastel colours
It comes after Carmen transformed her home into a giant gingerbread house in November last year for the festive season.
She said that end results were ‘next level’, having decorated the property several times in the last 18 months.
The design was complete with biscuit window frames, candy canes and gingerbread men.
Carmen, who runs a props business, says around 70 per cent of the house is made from recycled materials.
She said: ‘I love decorating my house! It all started in 2020 – I had an events company and have dressed events for eight years but, after nine months of not doing it, I had a huge void.’
Many people also had plenty of questions for the designer which she appeared happy to answer
At this time, the business changed and they started selling products. Carmen had also just sold her house and was due to move out.
She said: ‘So those three things led to my first crazy transformation.
‘My new landlord said I could decorate so I did my whole house for Halloween and last Christmas, I did a pink kitsch theme with a festive Tyrannosaurus Rex outside.
‘Now, I’ve gone next level!’
The fake brickwork on Carmen’s gingerbread house were made from water-resistant MDF and the chocolates are old milk cartons covered in cellophane.
It was a combination of three factors that prompted Carmen to get creative in 2020 – selling her old house, not working on projects for nine months and the company’s introduction of selling props
Her lollipop sticks were made from wooden dowel offcuts and an old drainage pipe and the pink icing is fabric leftover from a previous project and ball pit balls.
She explained: ‘The brick mortar is the fabric I used last year on my Halloween ceiling, cut into strips and sewn into twisted tubes, and the snow is made from wadding.
‘I put colourful cellophane over old milk cartons for the Quality Street chocolates but had to add clear cellophane over the top as the colourful sheets leaked in the rain.
‘It’s all stuck on with very heavy duty velcro – each brick has enough velcro to hold up 28kg!’
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