Saturday, January 23, 2010

Valentine's Heart Wreath

I saw this idea at The Paper Source a couple of weeks ago and knew that I had to make one for myself. Sure I could have bought the kit, but I knew that it was simple enough for me to make it with my own supplies.

The basic ingredients are a wreath base and a bunch of hearts. 12 large hearts form the base of the wreath, 4 of 3 different colors.

I did buy the wreath base from the Paper Source. But I want to make more than 1 of these, so I also bought a package of 12" cake circles from Michaels. I used the wreath base as a template, and penciled in the inner circle so I could cut it out...


like this.

Then all you do is start gluing your big hearts your wreath base. There are 12 hearts, so just think of a clock and glue one heart per "number" so they're spaced equally. Glue all of the same colored hearts opposite each other.

Keep working around the base. You may have to do a little adjusting in your overlapping so your base doesn't show.

Before you glue on your last heart, wrap an 18"-20" (eyeball it) ribbon around the base and center it between 2 hearts. Glue it in place then glue your last heart on top of it to hide the ribbon.

Voila! In less than 10 minutes, you've got your heart wreath!

Gather a bunch of smaller hearts in 3 different sizes. I have 12 hearts per color here, but I didn't use them all. You can either freehand cut them, or use a printed template as a guide that you printed from your computer, or punch them w/ various heart punches.

I used my Cuttlebug and a Tipsy Heart Sizzix die to cut all my hearts. I lurve all my crafting tools.

I used 3D foam tape on all of the hearts. On a few of the hearts, I doubled the foam tape to raise them even higher. That's the bottle of glue I used to glue the hearts and ribbon to the base. My favorite liquid glue.

Then it's just a matter of adhering all the hearts in a random way all around the wreath.

Make your center dangle just by gluing a piece of thin ribbon to the back of a heart. Layer another heart on top of it, just because you can. Then glue it to the back of the wreath, directly on the main ribbon so when it hangs, it's centered below your hanging ribbon.

And your done! A super cute paper wreath finished in 30 minutes or less.

And of course, I'm gonna have to make one with lots of glitter too because doesn't Valentine + hearts = sparkle?
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7 comments:

ren said...

cuuuuute.

Anonymous said...

you're too damn creative for your own good. ;-) - v

Kristina Baldwin said...

Ok,no surprise here---I absolutely LOVE it! And adding glitter is a definite must! :) Fabulous job!

Ginnie said...

I believe you could probably duplicate anything you see, Mad! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Totally cute. I just saw this at Papersource last night and thought how easy that would be to make without the kit. Nice job!

-Stacey (formerly of toomanyscarves)

susan d said...

One of your pictures made me think that a couple of cupid cut outs would be cute, too.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

So cute and such a nice tutorial. Thank you.