Following is a guest post by Steph at The Silly Pearl… enjoy!!
Hello Fellow Frugal Girl readers! It’s such an honor to be guest posting for Heidi today. My name is Steph and I blog over at The Silly Pearl, about the crafts I make in between cuddles with my 5 year old twin girls. Valentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite crafty holidays, maybe because my girls love hearts, and maybe because I’m a total corny cheezeball! Today I’m sharing how I made this Vintage-Inspired Twine-Wrapped Heart Mobile.
To make the hearts, I used two wire hangers from the dry cleaners. I removed the paper part from each one.
Then I used a jar as a template to make an overall curved shape for my first heart.
Using heavy-duty wire cutters (my dainty pink jewelry tools were not working!), I cut about an 8-inch piece. I made this heart by crossing the two ends together up at the top. Using a spool as a smaller template, I shaped the two upper bumps of the heart.
And using my tools (and my hands), I made the point at the bottom. You may have to reshape as you go until you’re happy with it.
I used fun red bakers twine to wrap around the hearts. First I tied a knot up at the top, leaving a tail. Then I had to cut off a bit of length to do the wrapping (since the twine roll wouldn’t fit through the heart). I cut about 2 feet or so. Then I just wrapped the twine around the wire, tying the ends together when I got back to the top. You can use the ends for hanging.
With my second heart, I actually used the hook of the hanger, which was two overlapping pieces twisted together at the neck. I separated the two layers of the hook, which formed the two bumps at the top. I joined the wire at the bottom this time, twisting them together with the help of my tools.
For this one, I started wrapping the twine at the corner, so that the heart hangs at an angle.
So that’s pretty much how I made the hearts. Each hanger could make three hearts about the size of my palm. I like how they all look different! Now, you can hang them from anything, but I thought it would be fun to use a vintage wood hanger.
But first I wanted to add some pattern to the hanger, I found a red leaf doily left over from Thanksgiving, and cut it up and spaced the pieces out over the hanger. I used Mod Podge to adhere them at random all over the hanger, to give it a lacy, vintage look plus to add some color, but allowing the wood to peek through.
Finally, I tied on the hearts at different lengths to the hanger. Oh I decided to string two of the hearts together at the end.
All done! I used less than a dollar’s worth of twine, the wire hangers were free, the vintage hanger was a dollar, and the doily came in a pack of 30 for a dollar! I’m not going to bother doing the math…definitely a thrifty project!
Need more ideas for printables, crafts, or recipes for Valentine’s Day? Hope you’ll come on over to my blog, The Silly Pearl, to check them out!
Thank you so much Heidi for having me on your blog today! Seriously, you have the BEST readers! –Steph
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