diy: paper hearts

diy: paper hearts

One thing I've learned since starting this blog is that I really love making things with my hands. Partially it's the creative outlet, but moreso it's the gratification of starting with a pile of materials and transforming them into something beautiful. 

And our new home provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with some diy projects. In particular, the new house meant finally moving the baby out of our room and into her very own room (cue angels singing). So of course, I took to pinterest for inspiration. I found lots of images that helped me pick paint colors and rugs, but the piece that stuck out most was this paper heart diy project from honeybee vintage

So once the color scheme for the room was set, I headed off to Michaels to pick up supplies. I needed to go to Michaels to be able to see and feel all of the paper options, but many of these items can be purchased on amazon as well. Here's what I got:

  • Paper: I bought six different colors of scrapbook paper for the hearts, and a different lace paper to cover the wood panel at the top
  • Heart punch: honeybee vintage admirably hand-cut her hearts. I was fortunate to find a heart shaped hole punch large enough to suit my plan, like this one :)
  • Mod podge: for adhering the paper over the wood panel
  • Wood panel: you can really do anything you like for the top panel that you'll use to hang the hearts from. You may even have a scrap of wood laying around that you could use. I ended up finding something like this, but you could also use something like this, or even this.
  • Picture frames: after hanging the hearts up, I decided I needed something to supplement them and balance out the wall. So I purchased 6 of these square picture frames.
  • Scissors, needle, thread: standard stuff you'd have in a sewing kit works just fine.

And here's what I did:

  • Measured the wall and the wood and did some math to figure out how many hearts would fit across (6), and how many hearts should hang down in each column (10). 
  • With six types of paper, I needed 10 hearts of each color, so I punched away.
  • Then I laid out hearts in as randomly controlled of an order as possible to make sure I liked the overall look before I started sewing.
  • Next, sew (definitely the most time consuming part!). Tip: be careful not to let the thread get tangled or twisted up in the hearts as you go.
  • Once all of the columns were sewn, I spaced them evenly across the wood, wrapped the string several times around, and taped it down in the back.
  • Lastly, I used the modpodge and extra paper to cover the wood (and therefore the string wrapped around the wood), then hung it up to dry.

Since the space above the crib is wider than it is tall, I decided I needed to balance out the hanging hearts with something else. So I bought 6 of the picture frames mentioned above, and then used the silhouettes created by the heart punch to create art to go inside the frames. Behind each cut out, I placed a square of the  paper that covers the wood plank to bring the whole look together.

What do you think of the final look??

flashback flip: twin part one

flashback flip: twin part one

finding the perfect paper

finding the perfect paper