When I think of Valentine’s Day candy I think of two things: Chocolate and Conversation Hearts. I can remember being a child and reading waaaay too far into those hearts, “oh wow, I just got a ‘be mine’ heart from Jason…I wonder if that was on purpose? He DOES laugh at all my jokes…” 🙂 The taste of the candy is another story entirely–>yuck! I was trying to come up with an idea for a cute/unique banner to make for Mikayla’s room and inspiration struck! I could make BIG conversation hearts! YES! Yes! YES! So, here are the supplies you will need: Heart Shapes from Michael’s, scrapbooking/cardstock paper, letters, Mod Podge, crepe paper, tacky glue, a hole punch and glitter—>because glitter makes EVERYTHING better! Okay, so on with the tutorial: You need to pull out one of the hearts. BTW, these were under a buck fifty for 12 from Michaels. You could also create your own heart template and put it onto 1/8 inch MDF and cut the hearts outs with your scroll saw! The next step is to find cardstock or scrapbooking paper in shades of pink, purple, white, blue, and yellow. Trace a heart onto each of these colors and cut them out.
Next up you get to use The Mod Podge, slather some of this ALL OVER the back of your cardstock and attch it to a heart cut-out. Make sure you smooth any air bubbles out. Do this with the remaining four hearts. Sorry I don’t have a picture here, I realized this after the fact but it really is a bit tricky remembering to record every step. I will get better though and I think when you see a picture of the finished project it will all make more sense 🙂 So next up (while your hearts are drying) you need to decide what your hearts will say and make letters to spell the words out, you can also buy letter stickers from Michaels or any other craft store (if you buy stickers they don’t need to be modge podged down, they will obviously just stick.) I happen to own a BEAUTIFUL Silhouette (JUST purchased it and it is Wicked Awesome!) and so I just picked out the font and phrases I wanted and the machine did all the printing and cutting for me! Okay so now you need to use your Mod Podge to affix your phrases onto your hearts. Once those are dry you need to apply a thin Layer of Mod Podge to the top of the heart, over the paper and letters. Don’t worry->it dries clear! Okay next step is punching two holes at the top of the heart that you can string ribbon through later. Get your crepe paper ready!
So at this point you need to add a line of glue to the bottom part of the accordian fold and attach it to your heart like so…BTW, pretend that this heart has your cutesy paper and sayings already Modge Podged to it:)
Back view. You need to keep accordian folding and gluing ALL THE WAY AROUND the heart! You can then trim up the edges as short as you’d like and I thought my hearts needed some umph so I ran a thin line of tacky glue along the edges and sprinkled light pink glitter! The last step is to string ribbon through it and hang it in your daughter’s room while she is away at school—>Surprise! Here are a few pictures of the finished product!
I like how the glitter is really noticeable in this picture
That’s it friends! If you have any questions or comments type away! Hoping you have a “Heart”felt “conversation” with the ones you love!
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