Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wooden Heart Bouquet

This last year, a dream of mine came true. I finally have a fireplace mantel! I have been so excited to decorate it, that the second one holiday is over I am already onto the  next one. Today I am going to share the beginnings of my Valentine's Mantel with you. It is probably my favorite mantel I have put together so far and I love all the little details. These wooden heart bouquets were the first thing I made. They are easy to pull together and the only time they take it drying time. 

You will need:

  • bamboo skewers
  • hot glue
  • red, pink and white paint
  • wooden hearts in three different sizes
  • glass vases
  • red sand
  • white sand 

First sand and paint your hearts. I painted three small hearts for each bouquet, one pink, one white and one red. I painted three medium hearts, one of each color, but I only painted two of the large hearts. I didn't want the vase to be overwhelmed so I thought two large hearts were enough. I painted two red ones, one of each vase, then one pink one and one white one. 

For the large hearts, I left the bamboo skewers their original length, about 12 inches, for the medium hearts I cut them down to 7.5 inches and for the small ones I cut them down to 9 inches. I glued the appropriate sized skewer to the back of each heart using hot glue. I made sure to glue the skewer all the way across the heart to give it more stability.

I found small bags of red and white sand in the craft section of my local Dollar Tree. I bought one bag of each color for each vase, so for two vases, four bags total. I split each bag in half so I could rotate the colors in the vase. I started with red and then white. Make sure to not shuffle the vases around too much after you layer to sand to prevent the sand from completely mixing together. 

Add the hearts and you have cute Valentine bouquets for tables or in my case mantels!  

Do you decorate a mantel for each holiday?
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17 comments:

blythe32 said...

Wish I had a mantel to decorate. These heart bouquets are adorable and so fun. I think they would look great on a shelf or even on my desk.

ana de jesus said...

What a beautiful craft to have on your mantlepiece or somewhere it can take pride of place. What are your plans for your next posts?

Margaret said...

Oh this is a easy project that I can do woth my grand daughter. Great!

Eileen Kelly said...

I just love this DIY heart, and enjoy your fireplace

Aubrey S. said...

This is a whimsical, fun way to add some Valentine's Day decor to the home, or I guess the idea could be adapted for any holiday. Trimming our mantel is one of the big home projects for this year. I've still got my fingers crossed that my husband will install built-in bookshelves on either side of our fireplace.

Author TP Keane said...

So colourful and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

This is such a cute and easy craft and so festive for Valentines Day, too!

tiarastantrums said...

This looks like a craft my daughters would renjoy creating for Valentine's Day. I would love to see the entire mantel images?

jillconyers said...

What a fun idea. Even a non-crafty person [like me] could do it. My artsy daughter and a friend of hers will love this idea.

OurFamilyWorld said...

This is so pretty. I want to make this for Valentine's day.

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

this turned out so cute and will definitely make your mantel so festive for Valentines Day!

Meagan Aguayo said...

So adorable! I love Valentine's Day crafts! The sand color combo is cute!

orana velarde said...

well aren't those the cutest valentines day decorations ever. I love the sand idea best of all.

Becca said...

So cute! I did something similar with paper flowers, so I think I have most of the supplies on hand!

Teresa B said...

What a great idea for Valentine's day decor!

If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/01/the-really-crafty-link-party-1-is-live.html).

Yona Williams said...

I love the way these look – very eye-catching for a centerpiece. And, to me, they look good enough to eat. I've always wanted a mantel to decorate, but don't have one where I currently live.

Megan Chamberlin said...

I can't say I've ever decorated our mantel for Valentine's Day, but this would be a super cute addition! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! Tweeted and shared!

 
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