Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cute and Cheap Valentines Project!

Gah! I am soooo in love with this project. When I purchased the little hearts I had what I was going to do with them in mind but it turned out so much CUTER than I ever imagined! It is so stinkin' adorable. I asked hubby what he thought and he said "You made that, nah, it looks professional" Not too sure if I should be proud or upset with his lack of confidence. Hahaha. This project was also CHEAP. I used two packs of these hearts that I bought at JoAnn's in their $1 section. They originally look like the message hearts but I don't really like those or like pastels in my house so I did something different.

What you need for this project:

Wooden Hearts
Skewers or Pieces of Thin Dowel
Block of Wood (I used a spare chunk of 2x4) mine is 5" long
Paint (Red, Black and White is what I used)
Spray Adhesive
Sharpie Marker
Drill and A Glue Gun

First I painted the hearts, for my project, I used 7 hearts, 3 red, 3 white and 2 black.  Between each coat I outlined the words that were pre-printed on my hearts. If your hearts don't have words just freehand sweet little sayings. I also painted my skewers and my block of wood black.

I sprayed each heart with spray adhesive and then sprinkled them with silver glitter. A couple of tips, I use the back of a magazine underneath my glitter projects. It is the perfect weight to pick up curl the edges and dump the excess glitter back in the container. I also use a sticky lint remover whenever I am using glitter. I buy them at the $ store and they work great for quick pickups.

On the hearts that have sayings I used an old paintbrush to carefully remove most of the glitter on the inside of the heart. Just leaving a border of glitter around the edges.

Now for the fun part. I love using power tools! Using a drill bit that is just a little bit bigger than your skewer or dowel drill holes in your block of wood. On second thought you really should drill the holes before you paint the block of wood. I used a marker to mark where I wanted my holes to be, keeping in mind that I wanted my hearts to have a staggered appearance. (sorry for the crappy photo but you get the idea)

Once your holes are drilled you can start arranging your skewers/dowels making them different lengths. Hotglue your skewers to the back of your dowels, and put just a dab of hotglue on the end of the skewer before sticking them into your drilled holes. Ta-Da! This project cost me $2.00 and was really easy to do. Fun too!


  1. Turned out great. I can't beleive that I still don't own a drill!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. Hey sis, you know I love you and plan on getting you a little something for Valentine's Day!!!! HInt, I would love one, make me one for Christmas next year, would you????

  3. Thanks for following my blog! I will follow you right back. This is an awesome V-day project!

  4. Amanda J, this is a "how-to" blog. It is a how-to make things blog not a how-to ask for them blog. wink wink, ya know I love you. And I happen to have a few more hearts drying right now on my craft table. Just saying......

  5. I seen this in real life. Guess what it is even nicer looking in real life. She has a lot of talent!

  6. i LOVE this. I don't consider myself super crafty but I do think I am a grea mimic I think I may have to "borrow" this idea and if I do I will link back for sure

  7. Very cute! Love the little surprise messages too. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  8. These are so sweet and I love the comment your son made on your banner... When your hear stuff like that it makes you know the little things are appreciated. Lezlee

  9. Kelly,
    How cute is that?!! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    happy crafting,