Monday, January 5, 2015

Two Ways To Craft Dangling Valentine Ornaments

       Below are two variations of the same craft. One of the ornaments uses flat cardboard hearts with three dimensional stickers and the other uses three dimensional Styrofoam hearts and flat lace stickers. Either way, you can't go wrong with this simple process. Make endless decorative heart combinations to fill the branches of your Valentine tree!
Two dangling cardboard hearts including three dimensional cherubim stickers.
Supply List:
  • three dimensional cherubim stickers
  • cardboard hearts
  • decorative papers to cover the heart shapes
  • a small selection of glass beads
  • thin red rick-rack
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • tacky white glue
  • wire for hanging and a bit extra to shape U shaped hooks
Directions:
  1. Cut out a heart shape from a sturdy piece of card stock.
  2. Cut two small 1/2 inch pieces of thin wire. 
  3. Bend each wire into a U shape.
  4. Using hot glue attach one U shape bent wire to each end of the heart. Make sure the U shape tips are facing towards the center of the heart. 
  5. Bend a wire hook to thread through the top U shaped wire to hang the heart.
  6. Use a needle threaded with dental floss to string a few decorative glass beads through the U shaped hook suspended from the cardboard heart's bottom half.
  7. Cut two hearts the exact same size as your cardboard heart from decorative papers.
  8. Glue these onto the cardboard heart using white tacky glue.
  9. Paste a thin red rick-rack trim around the outside edge of the paper covered cardboard heart.
  10. Glue on three dimensional cherubim to both the front and back sides of the dangling cardboard heart so that the ornament will look nice when it spins on the branches of a Valentine tree.
A dangling Styrofoam heart ornament.
Supply List:
  • a three dimensional Styrofoam heart covered with red glitter
  • lace patterned heart stickers
  • gold chenille stem
  • a small assortment of red glass beads
  • dental floss
  • needle
  • white tacky craft glue
  • wire hook for hanging
  • gold rick-rack
Directions:
  1. Use tacky white glue to adhere a small piece of gold rick-rack around the outside edge of the Styrofoam heart.
  2. Glue on a selection of lace heart stickers.
  3. Cut two small 1/2 inch pieces of thin wire. 
  4. Bend each wire into a U shape.
  5. Push the U shaped wire ends into opposite ends of the Styrofoam heart. Pull these out and fill the holes with tacky white glue and then reinsert the U shaped wires.
  6. Let the hooks in the heart dry before stringing the top end of the Styrofoam heart with a wire for hanging. 
  7. Bend a tinsel chenille stem through the bottom wire hook of the Styrofoam heart and shape this stem into a heart shape. Hook the end tip into the beginning point of the stem.
  8. Use a needle threaded with dental floss to string a few decorative glass beads through the U shaped hook suspended from the Styrofoam heart's bottom half.

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