Are you looking for a simple and sweet craft that you can make using only three items you may have already? This cute folk-art heart uses a cast-off piece of wood, small nails, and embroidery floss. It makes a fun valentine’s day decoration and also works as a gift for anyone you’d like to give your “heart” to – in fact my daughter made this and gave it to me for Mother’s Day last year! It sits on my desk and reminds me of her everyday.
I thought it was such a good idea – and a great way to use scrap wood – that I wanted to share it with you!
Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:
- piece of distressed wood, any size (the 2 examples are 2×4 ends cut 4″ and 5-1/2″ long)
- small nails (1/2″ – 3/4″) in silver or brass
- embroidery floss in red, red-pink (example), or pink
- heart image clip art printed and cut out
Here are the super easy steps:
- Sand edges of your wood piece, if needed, and use a piece of looped tape to hold the cut-out heart image on the wood where you’d like it.
- Hammer nails into wood around the heart starting at the top and bottom and evenly spacing the nails across from each other around the heart shape 1/2-inch apart. Hammer as straight as you can, but don’t be too worried about it – the imperfection is one of the charms of this!
- When all the nails are in place, tie the end of the embroidery floss to a nail and trim close to the knot. Then just start looping the floss around the nails.
You’ll want to make sure you go around the edge with floss in order to outline the shape. And of course taking the floss in all different directions through the heart is the fun part. Keep looping until it’s as full as you’d like before tying off, again trimming close to the knot.
For Valentine’s day I moved the heart from my office to the living room – it adds just a pop of color to our calm and neutral winter mantel.
Is this a fun way to use what you have, or what?
Jami blogs at An Oregon Cottage – living simply and embracing imperfection while sharing recipes, DIY adventures, and organic gardening. And of course she can be found on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter too!
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