A friend of mine sent me a link from Pinterest, courtesy of The Peanut Paintshop, with this cute idea for Valentine’s Day, and we immediately decided we needed to make it. We got together for some mommy craft time and created these adorable family “candy” hearts:
Materials used for this project: Wooden hearts (purchased at craft store); acrylic craft paint; paint brushes; glue gun; and ribbon.
First, we painted our hearts in pastel colors. Our original intention was to use stencils for the letters, but the stencils we had were too large, so my friend Tiffany came up with the backup plan of using scrapbook stickers for her hearts. I brought my painted hearts home and first attempted to make my own stencils. This proved to be a much more tedious task than I bargained for, so I tried this technique instead: That’s My Letter.
Tiffany’s method of using stickers was very smart. Applying the names to my hearts proved by far to be the most difficult part of this project. Tiffany didn’t want to attempt it because she said that she is not a good precision-painter. Well I quickly found out that NEITHER AM I! Luckily you can’t tell by the photos since I strategically took them from a distance, but the letters are not as precise as I’d like, and there are a few smudges here and there that I need to touch up. However, the names are legible so for now I’m satisfied.
After the paint was dry, I used my glue gun to attach the ribbon to the back. The ribbon linking the hearts together is one long strip, but I used a separate ribbon which I attached to the top heart and tied a bow. You could use separate individual strips to attach each heart also.
It was a cute, fun project, and you can use any colors and/or ribbon design you like. It really isn’t that time consuming. Unless you are the Duggar family and have to make about 20something hearts, but if that’s the case I’d probably just go ahead and skip this project. Happy early Valentine’s Day to all of you!