Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Project 11 - Heartfelt thoughts

Little wooden hearts with quotes and sayings, hand decorated for individual gifts.
I used MDF hearts, but you could buy a Maya Road heart album and make some chipboard ones instead.

You will need:
MDF heart shape
Acrylic paint
Patterned paper offcuts
Embellishments buttons, bows, chipboard shapes, beads etc
Sakura black glaze pen
Hand drill
Glue gun or silicone glue
Glue stick

1. Using the MDF shape, drill a hole for the string. If the MDF is thin you may be able to use your Cropadile big bite.

2. Paint one side of the heart with acrylic paint. Leave to dry. You may also paint the edges, although I covered mine with ribbon.

3. Glue the blank side to some patterned paper, using glue stick. Trim around the heart carefully with a craft knife and sand the edge smooth.
4. Find some quotes on the Internet or look in shops for ideas. I found several good ones when out shopping and made a note in my diary for future use!! You could write straight on the patterned paper with the Glaze pen, but I was scared in case I made a smudge or a mistake, so I wrote on a contrasting patterned paper and glued it in position when dry. You could ink the edges of the quote if you want.
5. Using the hot glue gun, glue some narrow ribbon around the edge, joining at the top in the centre. Glue any additional embellishments to the front of the heart.

6. Thread a length of garden twine through the hole in the heart to hang it up.

Here are a few I have made this year. Some are decorated with little chipboard hens I cut out and covered with little ribbon frills on the top. The metal hearts are made from the inside of a tomato puree tube, stamped with Stazon ink as shown before and cut out.
These are great little gift ideas. Look for heart shapes in the altered items section of online craft shops.
December Daily - Day 11 and 12
You wont believe it, but this page is made from a Laura Ashley paper carrier bag, you know the paper ones that they give you with smaller items in (any paper carrier would do!). I bought two mugs for a friends birthday and could not bring myself to throw the bag away! I cut off the handles flush with the top and then cut the bag in half across the middle. These pages are the bottom half of the bag with the base, later on you will see the top half!
Once you cut off the top half of the bag you need to turn the bag on its side so the base of the bag is on the right. This creates a hidden secret bit, where the base of the bag is. Punch holes in the left hand side which was the opening for the bag. Now cover the front and back of the bag in patterned paper and then the secret folded panel (which was the base) in a plain paper to match. I folded some K&Co sticky back lace over the edges to make sure all the white paper was not seen. I think this hidden part will be for journaling and the front will be for photo's.
The back of the bag is a page for the 12th of December.
Pop by tomorrow for another crafting project! TFLx


Rosemary said...

Oh those hearts are pretty and I can think of just the person to make some for.

Rosemary from Shimelle's Class

slinkycat said...

I love the hearts! They would be fantastic to receive and they don't look difficult! Thanks for sharing :)

Leanne x

Mary B said...

Those hearts are so lovely and what a super little gift to give