Monday, February 1, 2010

Craft: Valentine's Day Wall Art

I loved how my Valentine's Day garland and wreath looked so I decided to make another Valentine's Day decoration. In our living room we have a big blank wall that is patiently waiting for us to finish the wall art we plan on hanging. I decided to use that space and try to make a simple, cheap wall art.

Supplies: Card stock, pattern to print (I did sheet music), scissors, tape
Cost: $0  (I already had all of the supplies)

I started off by printing off sheet music. I printed two pages on each 8 1/2'' x 11'' sheet of paper.
Then I found a heart shape that I liked (via google images). I used this heart and edited the biggest heart in paint (very sophisticated...) so that I just had the outline. I made the outline light grey. I printed the hearts on the back of the sheet music - I was able to fit two hearts on each page of music so since there are two pages of music per sheet I was able to fit four hearts on each 8 1/2'' x 11'' page. I also printed out one red heart.

I cut out the hearts by hand - I'm very jealous of people with cricuts or other similar machines that do it for you. :-)
I had originally planned on just taping the hearts to the wall (I was going for very simple wall art) but decided it might look neat if the hearts stood a little bit off of the wall. To do this I cut out strips of paper that were 3.5'' long and 1/2'' wide. I folded the strips of paper so that it would create a little square - each side was 3/4'' long and there was a 1/2'' overlap on one end - where I taped the square together. 

Does that make sense? no? Here's a picture that might help explain it. 
I printed the outline with the folding lines (light grey) onto card stock and cut them out.
I folded all of the strips of paper and taped them together.
Then I taped them to the backs of the hearts.
All of the hearts.
I laid the hearts on the floor to figure out the layout. I didn't keep track of how many hearts I made but when I decided to make 8 rows of 8 I magically had the exact number of hearts needed. :-)
Then I started the slow process of taping them all to the wall. I used a level to make sure the first row was straight and for the other rows I ued a mix of the level and just eyeing it.

All done!
 
(please ignore the cushions - we're working on making new covers but have yet to find a fabric we like)
A close up of the "3-D action"

I think it turned out great. It'll stay up until we finally finish the frames we are making for the ceiling tiles that we will hang on this wall.

After I take them down they'll be carelfully packed away until next Valentine's Day.

N liked this project and decided to make his own version for the basement.
(dark basements aren't the best for photos...)
Any Zelda fans? :-)

PDF Tutorial 

Craftster Best of 2010 Winner


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43 comments:

  1. so cute! I'm also jealous of people with circuts.

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  2. Very cool. I like how the 3D-ness gives your wall some depth!

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  3. Such a wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  4. I love the effect, and the color of your walls really makes it pop!

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  5. I am so in love with your grey walls. And this project is absolutely lovely. :)

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  6. awesome idea. do you mind if i link in my tumblr?
    jacquelynbateman@hotmail.com

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  7. Lovely idea. They look great!

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  8. I absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I have found so many great ideas on just the first page of your blog and can't wait to try them out.

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  9. Let's see.... simple, classy, artistic ... I love it! Thanks for sharing! I need to do this. Can't see it happening before Valentine's Day. Hmmmm.... I'll have to work on something. Meanwhile, I've posted a link. I'd love it if you'd share your ideas in my link party at childmade.com.

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  10. So cute - the red heart makes all the difference.

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  11. Hey there,

    I just popped over from Craftster to check out this tutorial and I'm so glad I did, I really like your blog. Good work and thanks for the awesome idea. :)

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  12. WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! I {HEART} THIS!!!!


    m ^..^

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  13. too freakin' cute! I'd like to attempt, however I think I would get bored after cutting out 3 of the hearts. I want a cricut too. Wah!

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  14. That is so cool! I love it! It turned out AMAZING!

    ps - love the Zelda hearts... my hubby is a big fan too!

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  15. Just loved this project - got here from Craftster. I think I might have to do a version of this for my daughter's room (5). Kinda wish I had the room in the living room for it!

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  16. That turned out great! Very creative! You should do butterflies for Spring! ;)
    Nice job!
    Michelle

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  17. I love it. I could leave that up all year.

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  18. wow! I love that!! and yes you do need a cricut for that many hearts!! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I just wanted you to know that I featured you here:
    http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunday-spotlight.html

    : )

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  20. Hello, I really like this job and I thought I'd share with my readers. I hope you do not mind! (If you leave me a comment and I will remove it). Thank you! Here is the link where it is entered: http://bimbumbeta.blogspot.com/2010/02/s-valentino-con-le-mani-in-pasta.html

    Regards, Beta

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  21. I love this! Found it on Craftster--linking from my blog (http://scrimpalicious.blogspot.com/2010/02/link-valentines-day-wall-art.html)

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  22. I just finished putting them up on my bedroom wall! Thankyou so much for the great tute and fabulous idea. Pic here; http://media7.dropshots.com/photos/415540/20100309/125902.jpg

    (just as a note, I put mine up with thumbtacks!)

    Cheers! Emma

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  23. adorable! just know that what you did is more hard work than having a cricut do it for you so it makes you more awesome. X) I love it and the zelda reference is just so wicked thats cool to :)

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  24. This is Amazing! I'm so doing this to my new home!

    I love that it is inexpensive and using stuff you probably already have in the house. It's hard to make cool stuff inexpensively for the house, but this rocks!

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  25. How do you ensure the paint doesn't get damaged when removing them? I would worry about that.

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  26. I used regular tape to put the hearts on the wall and none of the paint was damaged/came off when I removed the hearts. I might worry if I used something stronger but since I knew they wouldn't be up too long (though they are still up....) I just used regular tape.

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  27. I HEART this!! so cool..may have to do one for my heArt studio.

    hugs
    tejae

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  28. A cheap project but not cheap effect at all!
    I think music sheet is eye catching spot... red heart flows in the melody!!

    I adore this meaningful and easy to do home decor idea!!

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  29. This is soooo cute! I love it as a permanent art installation. It makes me look at my walls differently!

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  30. i'm going to try and do this in an open frame that i have hanging on the wall....this is brilliant!!!

    hugs, cindy

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  31. I can't say how much I love this!

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  32. Thanks so much for the nice comments!

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