Leave the Tree Up!
I don’t know about you, but it makes me sad when it is time to put the Christmas tree away. This year, I decided to redecorate my little tree for Valentines Day and in the process whipped up some creative love in my studio making paperboard heart ornaments. They were so much fun and turned out so cute, I thought I’d share!
You will mostly need random stuff that you probably already have…
I cut up the cardboard shirt boxes (always love to reuse stuff in my projects) from holiday gifts into different shapes and sizes of hearts. Then I dug through my paper scraps and pulled out everything pink, red and Valentines Dayish. I arranged little scraps on top of the heart to cover the cardboard then piece by piece applied them with Mod Podge, creating a layered effect. When the first sides were dry, I flipped them over and did the same on the other side. I added a few pieces here and there to both sides, applying additional layers of Mod Podge which made them sturdier and more elaborate. I used the hard coat Mod Podge for this project but think the sparkle might have been fun too.
I typed a bunch of words and printed them in my studio printer, cut them out and added them to the front side. I also glued on a flat glass rock to add dimension.
Using a tiny hole punch, I cut two holes in the tops of the hearts for the wire.
Using thin wire (about 10 inches), I created a squiggly hanger and added a hand painted bead (black and white of course). You could also use buttons in the wire. To make the wire spiral, I wrapped it around a Sharpie pen and slid it off the end.
Once I attached the wire hanger by bending and twisting, I added a gross grain ribbon bow for a finishing touch.
These heart ornament hangers would be a lot of fun to tie onto a gift, hide in a card or decorate a wine bottle neck! Being creative in the name of love…what beats that…nothing I can think of.
Happy Valentines Day!