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"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Wooden Heart Wreath

Today, the boys - meaning Kaleb, Justin and the 9 year old who is spending the PA Day at our house - played board games and Wii.   This means while the 15-month old (who we also babysit) went down for his nap, I grabbed that spare hour to create this adorable wreath.  Total crafting time?  Less than an hour if you don't include waiting for the mod-podge to dry.

This is inspired by the Kaisercraft Star Wreath I've blogged about earlier (here) but this one is completely my own creation.

Supplies:  American Crafts Everyday Patterned Paper Pack, Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Bright Magenta, Mod-Podge Matte Finish, Color Box Fluid Chalk in Charcoal, Celebrate It (Michaels) Basic Ribbon, DCWV Chipboard Glitter Alphabet -All Dressed Up,  assorted wooden hearts and 12" wooden wreath form from Michaels.

I have boys... not big fans of pinks or reds but I wanted a pretty Valentine's Wreath.  I decided to go with a fun and bright colour scheme and the AC Everyday papers were perfect.

Here are the steps:

1) On the reverse side of patterned paper, trace hearts (or other shape) face side down.  
2)  I've decided you could probably skip the painting... but that's hindsight!)   Paint the hearts with the acrylic paint, front and sides first.  Allow to dry.
3) While paint is drying, cut out shapes from paper and set aside.
4) If paint is dry, flip hearts over and paint the reverse side.
5) When paint is completely dry, apply mod-podge to hearts and adhere patterned papers.  Seal with mod-podge if desired.
6) When mod-podge has dried, distress edges of hearts.  You could use a sanding block but I cheated and used the fluid chalk.
7)  Hot glue hearts in desired layout to wooden wreath form.
8)  Embellish as desired.  I might add some buttons or trim to mine at a later date.   We'll see...
9) Trim ribbon to appropriate length and attach to back of wreath.   
10)  Admire your work and hang where desired.

Fun & simple but oh-so-cute.  Probably cost me less than $25 to put together.   Easy to customize for any occasion or decor using different shapes and papers - Christmas, Easter, Spring, Etc.   I love it!!!  This will definitely be one I'm adding to my easy-to-make-but-fabulous-gift file!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

i love it! You could probably add letters to it too - LIFE or FAMILY or LOVE
You're so creative! Where did those genes come from? love mom

Shan Van said...

Really Cute! Did I know you had a blog? Not sure. :) But I love your Monday Menu plan as I'm always dying for easy ideas. And ps. I've had the Outerbanks on my list of places to vacation for about 5 years now! :)

Michelle said...

I LOVE it! I'm your newest follower, and you should come over to my blog sometime!!

- Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

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