Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tutorial: Make a Giant Heart Valentine!

This year, give your Valentine something special! A Giant Heart Valentine. Handmade items are always treasured and this one can be saved from year to year!

This is my first tutorial on my blog, so enjoy!

Materials needed for the Giant Heart Valentine:
Tissue paper or large piece of newspaper
Pen or pencil
Poster board
Tulle in pink or red
Decorative paper
Glittered letters
Seam binding or other ribbon
Paper medallions or other decorative elements
Ribbon for hanging
Hot glue
Glue stick

1. First, trace a large heart on a piece of tissue paper or newspaper. It’s easiest if you fold the paper in half and draw half a heart along the crease of the paper and cut it out with the fold still intact. Make sure your heart is big enough; 18 - 22 inches works well. Trim as needed.

2. Trace the heart pattern twice onto poster board and cut out the two hearts.

3. Cover one of the hearts with your desired paper. I chose vintage sheet music.

4. Turn the heart face down and gather tulle and glue it around the edge of the heart with hot glue. Just work it a little at a time!

5. Glue the other heart on the back of the papered heart, sandwiching the tulle between the two. Hot glue works great for this as well.

6. Embellish your Valentine as desired. I put on some gold paper lace and red seam binding, then I just added glittered letters that spell out “I LOVE YOU”
but you can put on any phrase you’d like.
I also attached the letters to some paper medallions covered in mica flakes.
Tip: Arrange your letters how you’d like them on the heart before gluing in place to get them evenly spaced.

7. Punch two holes in the top of the heart and thread ribbon through for hanging.

8. Write a special note to your honey and sign and date it. Give it to your sweetheart!

Now, get to work and surprise your special someone.
I've already had requests for three more of these!


Andi said...

I was blog browsing and came across you blog....very cute! You are such a creative person. Hope you have a blessed week.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This is such a great inspiration. I can see this as a embellishment in my vintage (style) V-Day wreath .
Thanks for such thorough instructions with the pics.

I appreciate you visiting my blog. It's always enjoyable getting to know new friends. I'll be by again.

Sweet wishes

Anonymous said...

I love the Valentine! Every year I mean to make one...this year I definately will. Thanks for the tips.

The Wacky Wilkins said...

So so cute!! I'm totally doing this for Tyler and my girls. My mom is having a Valentine's valentine making party on Saturday and this will be perfect!!

TattingChic said...

Thanks for the cute tute! The heart is darling! :)

Fleur de Bee said...

Eeek! How fun and sweet!! I love it! I also love your background of cupcakes...soooooo cute! I hit Just a bed of Roses today and saw several of your cupcakes...they are darling!

Hope you are having a fab weekend!

xo Molly

Creations from my heart said...

Can you tell me where you find the glittered letters. I have been in search for some and having no luck. I love visiting your blog. Blessings...sherry

Anonymous said...

Love it. Great jog. Even I can do this...I think I will. Thank you for sharing.

Warm & Cozy Wishes,
Karen Eileen

Jeanneoli said...

What a sweet project. I love the sheet music over the heart. I am having a huge giveaway...come on over.

Shirl said...

Hello, I love the little heart tutorial, I'm going to try and make one of these. My mother used to make pretty things like this using greeting cards on plates and I've been wanting to try it on paper. Now I'm gonna be brave and do it. Thank you! I saw you on Martha Stewart, great episode! Your faux cakes are adorable.
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Angie said...

That's such a fun idea!

Andrea said...

How cute is that! Love that giant heart. By the way, Butty the cat, is too adorable!

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