Monday, January 27, 2014

Oversized heart chain

Photography by Trisha Zemp 

I'm baaack from three conferences last week and I can't wait to tell you more about it.

But in the mean time... I've spotted a cute paper heart chain on the interwebs (like this one from Just Bella or this one from Trendenser) and of course I wanted to try and make it huge like I do everything else so I came up with this oversized paper heart garland, which would be perfect to hang from a door or a entry way. I had to add some arrows in to act as support so it would retain it's shape and it worked pretty well. Let me show you how to do it ombre style.
Materials: Canson art paper (learn how to ombre it here), paper wrapped wire (order some here), white crepe paper to wrap around the wire, black paper, glue gun, hole punch, craft knife

To make the heart strips: 
Step 1: Ombre your paper (learn how to do it here)
Step 2: Cut it into strips 1 1/2" strips
Step 3: You will hole punch two sets of papers per heart. The first strip: punch about 1/2" from one end and then about 8" from there. The second strip, punch 1/2" from the end and then 8" from the other end.
To make the arrows
Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper about 3/4" inch strips going against the grain and wrap it around the wire. Use glue to secure it at both ends.
Step 2: Cut out arrow tips out of black paper.
To form the heart:
Step 1: Glue two strips together at the end (the ends without the holes) and glue another set of strips together. This last one will form the second heart.
Step 2: Glue the ends of the first set of strips onto the outside of the tips of the second heart shape.
Step 3: Bore a hole at the point of the first heart. I used a craft knife here.
Step 4: Repeat until you have the amount of hearts you would like on your garland.
TIP: You will want to trade off which way the arrow points (for balance) so make sure to switch off which way the holes face.
To insert the arrows:
Step 1: Start with the middle holes and insert the tip of the wire in and down through the bottom hole and then up through the top hole.
To finish off the arrows:
Glue the black parts of the arrow onto the tips of the wire.
Voila! Let me know if something is unclear!

Happy early Valentine's day and I'd love to see your oversized paper heart garlands. Tag all your projects with #thehousethatlarsbuilt

If you're looking for more Valentine's Day ideas, check out my Valentine's Day Pinterest board.

3 comments:

Paulette Leto said...

Nice! I think it looks better with the arrows anyway, so it's just as well that you need them to help the hearts keep their shape.

Ashley Cooper said...

This is so adorable! Such a fun DIY valentine's day project.

christine, just bella said...

Eee! I ADORE this and love that my heart chained inspired this awesomeness :) :) I want a giant one now too!