Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Little Red Hearts - A Valentine Tutorial


My Christmas jingle bells needed to come down.  But I still wanted to have something hanging on my branches on the front porch.  So I came up with these little red hearts, in honour of Valentine's Day (which I never decorate for).


Materials:
- Red felt, 2 sheets
- string, twine, or ribbon (I used 100% wool yarn that my dad made)
- hot glue sticks

Tools:
- hot glue gun
- scissors
- paper (optional)

Step 1: Make a template out of paper.  Or don't.  It works either way.  I just wanted all my hearts to be exactly the same shape and size.


Step 2: Cut hearts out of one whole sheet of felt.


Step 3: Hot glue a length of string to each heart.


Step 4: Run a bead of hot glue around a heart about 1/4-inch from the edge and position the heart on the uncut sheet of felt.


Step 5: Cut out your heart, being careful not to cut your string.  Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the remaining cut hearts.  After about half the sheet, I decided to glue all of them before I cut them out.  I positioned them before I glued them to make sure I could fit all of them on.


Step 6: Display or give away your hearts!  I opted to do both.  They'll be displayed on my branches 'til Valentine's Day, then the kids can give them to their friends as a valentine, if the elements haven't wrecked them.  Using my two sheets of felt, I ended up with 20 hearts.


Let me know if you make these little hearts!


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7 comments:

  1. Oh these are just so sweet! I love everything lovehearts and these definitely put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing them Joanna!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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    1. Thanks Megan! My front porch looks so cheerful now, so I hope the little hearts are putting smiles on my neighbour's faces too.

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  2. Adorable hearts! They look great on your branches. And such a great idea for your kiddos to give them out as valentines.

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  3. I LOVE the hearts hanging from the branches!! What a great welcoming porch.
    Kelly

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  4. Very pretty heart tree. Good luck From Bacon Time.

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  5. Thanks ladies! It's such a happy thing to see whenever I go out to get the mail (which is the only thing I use the front door for ;-))

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  6. Jo, we featured you this week! Awesome project!

    Here's the Link

    We'd love you to submit another!

    -Kim

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