Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY: Paper Heart Wall Art


This wall art idea came to me a few days ago and I was so excited to make it for my little girl. She LOVES hearts, and I picked out a bunch of her favorite colors (because, if you are the parent of a toddler, you know how their favorite color changes every day).

Best part of all, this cost $2 to make. We already had some of this wood in the garage, leftover from making slats for our bed, and I also had the lace to cover the front. I bought some scrapbook paper while on sale at Michael's.

STEP 1: I made a heart template out of posterboard and then traced and cut out all my hearts (88 total).

STEP 2: I divided the hearts into 8 secitons of 11 and staggered the colors so they would look random.

STEP 3: I sewed each strand together, leaving a 1" gap between each heart and long threads at the top of each row to wrap around the wood.

STEP 4: I wrapped each line around the wood and secured the string on the top and back with tape.

STEP 5: I cut some lace and hot glued it over the front of the wood, making sure to seal each string.




I'm really happy with how it turned out and my daughter loves it...so that makes me even happier.
It's colorful and sweet, just like her.


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66 comments:

  1. That is SO cute! I'm going to have to make one of these for my daughter's room!

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  2. That is just adorable! What a great idea... pretty and inexpensive! Thanks so much for linking it up at Creative Me this week. :)

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  3. i found this via pinterest! I love it!

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  4. This is such a cute idea! Love it! I'm also your newest follower :)

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  5. love this!!! pinning!!

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday @ www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  6. That looks so sweet! I love the selection of colours you used.

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  7. So pretty! i makes a huge impact for such a great price.

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  8. that is adorable and a great use of space! my daughter would love this!

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  9. This is such a cute idea! I love the colors you chose! I bet your daughter loves it.

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  10. Such a great project :) any advice on how to attach it to the wall?

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  11. WOW!!! This is adorable! I love this! Great colors. What a lucky little girl :) Just popping in from TT&J.

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  12. this is so precious! love how you added the lace...good work ♥ much love

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  13. Very cute! I definitely want to do this for my daughter's room. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Hi Tyler;)

    I attached this to the wall by setting it on two nails at the bottom, then attaching another nail to the top to hold it in place. Hope that helps!:)

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  15. love this and so will my daughters. thanks for sharing!

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  16. This looks fantastic. I'm going to try and fit this idea in somewhere when we redecorate my daughter's room. She has bunkbeds so I'll have to figure out somewhere else to put it. (Where her little brother won't be able to destroy it of course haha)

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  17. I did this with felt hearts...all different colors. Thought maybe it might last longer??? I'm draping it around the hospital "crib" for pictures when my girlie is born, then I'll bring it home to hang in her room;) Just another thought!

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    1. Sounds adorable! I would have gone with felt as well, but was unable to find the specific colors I wanted:( The day they sell felt in more colors...I will be one happy girl!:)

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    2. actually they do it you want .. http://stores.americanfeltandcraft.com/StoreFront.bok

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  18. Hi!! This is absolutely adorable! I'm thinking about doing this for myself ( I'm 15) and I was wondering can you explain it to me a little better how you attached the hearts to the string? Thank you!

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    1. When I started sewing the hearts together, I pulled long threads from the needle and bobbin on my machine, then sewed all the hearts together. When I attached it to the wood, I positioned the top of the hearts where I wanted it and then wrapped the remainder of my lead string around the wood mulitple times. I then secured the string in place by a piece of tape on top of the wood (since it wouldn't be seen once it was hung) and the back of the wood and cut off any extra thread. Securing the lace on top of the front panel helped keep it all in place too. I hope that helps!

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  19. Love this. Looks fabulous and the colors are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!

    I featured you on my blog today, feel free to come check it out:
    http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/08/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-43.html

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  20. Hi Melissa, this is Cynthia, I'm new around. I loved your Heart Wall Art, and I want to do it for my bedroom, maybe not with hearts but with another nice shape. I have a couple of questions, can you help me please? first, I don´t have a sewing machine, hand sewing will work?
    another question, what is scrapbook paper? you know I am from Peru, so I am not familiar with the term, is it like a cardboard? thinner?

    Thank you very much and congratz on this wonderful blog!

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    1. Hello Cynthia;)

      Hand sewing will also work...it will just be time consuming. To save some time, you could just sew the ends of each heart together (and not stitch through the whole heart).

      Also, scrapbook paper is much thinner than cardboard, but thicker than printer paper. Do you have cardstock? It's thin, but able to hold it's shape and not bend too easily.

      Hope that helps!

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  21. cool idea !!!! Thanks :)

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  22. This is gorgeous! I love it!! :-)

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  23. I just saw this at TT&J, and I absolutely love it! I can't wait to try it. I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on OneCreativeMommy.com. I had plans for a headboard wall behind my daughter's bed, but now I'm seriously reconsidering!!!

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  24. how big are the hearts??

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    1. I cut 12 hearts out of each 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper so they ended up being about 3"x4" each;)

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  25. You could also use a cheap yard stick found in the painting section at the big box home improvement stores - spray paint it white first, to attach this on to. I'm hoping to do a flower shape to go with my 4 year olds room, will look great above her new bed! Thanks for the idea!

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  26. I love this idea and I'm going to attempt it (to cover my window like a curtain) when I re-do my room soon. Thank you for posting such lovely pictures.

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  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! So cute! Pinned. :)

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  28. Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Gorgeous! This is the perfect solution for my little girl's room! Thanks.

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  30. I loved the idea, soon will try for my little girl's room

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  31. This is the sweetest thing! I'm making it for my niece's 9th birthday party, that I'm throwing her tomorrow! (So, i better get crafting!) I'm going to do them in rainbow colors and match the party around them. And I was thinking I'll probably put it in my toddler daughter's room after wards. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  32. I love this! I'm redoing my room soon and this is perfect :)

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  33. Hi, Thank you for this post. JBird and I now have something different to do toay together. Kel

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  34. I was curious to know how wide your hearts are. I have two different size stencil and can't decide which one will have the cutest impact! Thanks!

    -amanda-

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    1. I cut out squares that were 3" x 4" and the heart took up almost the whole piece. Hope that helps!

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  35. A great idea, I'm going to make this for my granddaughter

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  36. Melissa, My daughter pinned this at some point along the way, and I just made one very similar last night for her room. I just posted about the one that I made for her, but I linked back to you as the inspiration! Thanks for the amazing idea! Also, I love the name of your blog! Being a Melissa as well, my mom always called me her little honeybee! Life to the full, Melissa

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  37. Loved and shared :)

    http://bigegubi.blogspot.pt/

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  38. Saw this on Pinterest and just wanted to pop in to tell you totally cute this is.

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  39. So fun! I blogged about this today at www.fabricsalad.com. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  40. LUV this wonderfully cute headboard, Melissa. I'm excited to make this for my grand-daughter's bedroom. :-D Thanks so much for posting.

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  41. This is amazing! Your daughter will remember it forever. When i was 7 my mom painted balloons on my wall and used ribbons for the strings and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I used to hold one of the strings every night when I went to bed.

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  42. Love this! So colorful and whimsical! Thanks for sharing the details!

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  43. Super Cute! I made this DIY today and posted it on my blog (http://metzondervan.blogspot.nl/) with a tutorial in Dutch. Ofcourse I linked it back to your original post.

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  44. This is so lovely - thanks for sharing! From the closeups it appears as though you sewed this with a sewing machine - is that possible on paper? I had no idea! However, I don't have a sewing machine so I'm wondering if the paper is thin enough to easily pierce through by hand with a needle and thread?

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    1. Yes, I did sew it on the sewing machine;) I used regular scrapbooking paper from the craft store and it would be simple to sew by hand. You would only need to sew a few stitches in each piece down the middle. Good luck!

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  45. What a cute idea and so versatile; you could use the same concept with paper punch shapes or light balsa wood cut outs and make beaded curtains for a door. Your blogg gives me so many ideas!!

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  46. Love! I reblogged and linked back to you! :)Hope that was ok :)

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  47. I really like this idea and the possibility for shapes is endless! Think of squares, clovers and triangles for a little boys room. Very creative and inexpensive! Two of my favorite things!
    Sarah@Tobemrscollier.blogspot.com

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  48. This is so adorable! I'll be going off to college this fall and I'm planning to have this for my dorm room (:

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  49. Hey I just made this! It's so cute! So thanks now I have a better looking door.!:)

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  50. I so love this! I'm on my 20's and I feel like I want to do it on my room too! It's so cute and creative. Thanks for sharing this! :)


    xoxo,
    Genzel
    http://www.genzelkisses.com

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  51. Your project made my FB feed on the Craftfoxes site! I love this and I was thinking that I have a scrap booking set of pre-cut shapes like hearts, circles, squares, etc. They would be smaller but I wouldn't have to cut out anything and they'd already be in a variety of colors!

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  52. Just did this for my dorm room! I used photos of family and friends and whatnot intermingled with the scrapbook paper! It turned out great and everyone loves it!

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