How to Make a Pop Up Tissue Paper Valentine Heart Card

valentine heart cardA few layers of tissue paper glued together in a honeycomb pattern makes a charming pop-up Valentine heart card. Continue reading

Easy Paper Heart Valentine Decorations

valentine decorationsThese little Valentine decorations go together pretty quick and they’re easy enough Valentine crafts that kids can make them. Continue reading

Easy Valentine Heart Garland

Valentine Heart GarlandA little cardboard, yarn, and some tacky glue are all you need to make a cute Valentine heart garland. Continue reading

Wheat Weaving: Heart-shaped Wedding Favor

Wheat WeavingThis one was a request I got from someone wanting to make heart-shaped wheat weavings as favors for their wedding. The hearts are woven around a wire core which allows you to bend the finished weaving into any shape; in this case a heart.

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How to Make a Valentine Hearts Wreath from Scrapbooking Paper

This wreath uses 6 strips of scrapbooking cardstock to make hearts. I used tacky glue to fasten my hearts together which makes the sides pinch up and gives the hearts a pointed, abstract look. If you don’t like that look and want the heart edges to remain rounded, use some scrapbooking sticky dots instead to connect the hearts together.

Wall Paper Valentines

My aunt used to work for a design company and every year, when the new wallpaper samples would come in, she would give us the books containing the old samples from the previous year. I think more than anything we spent time making Valentines out of the wallpaper.

Wallpaper samples offer a great range of creative possibilities. The paper samples themselves are thick and flexible so they don’t rip easily, which is always nice. And the selection of wallpaper usually lends itself well to Valentine’s Day as floral patterns are often found in abundance. A simple heart made of wallpaper cut with decorative shears looks several times more elegant than the same heart made of construction paper.

A simple way to make an attractive Valentine heart is to cut two half heart pieces from different colored wallpapers, but with corresponding patterns. Then cut two slashes half way up each of them like this:

Weave the two pieces together to create a beautiful Valentine heart. (I was looking for a picture of the ones my siblings and I used to make, but can’t seem to find one. If I locate one I’ll post it) This is a great project for children.

Little Hearts Wreath

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of help in finding shops that will take my craft items. One of my fellow market vendors was very kind in mentioning my name to several people who ended up putting some of my things in their shops. I wanted to do a something for her to thank her for her help, so I made her a little wreath. It turned out kinda cute, so I thought I’d share it.

This wreath is made from nothing more than wallpaper sample fabrics and scrap pieces of quilt batting.

You will need:
2 small pieces of patterned fabric
1 piece of white fabric
Cotton batting
Navy blue ribbon (1/4 inch wide)

My aunt used to work in design, so she ended up giving us several old wallpaper books. Aside from a slew of lovely papers to use as valentines, there were also a bunch of fabric samples in the wallpaper books. I decided to use them to make a wreath.

Choose two corresponding pieces of patterned fabric (they don’t have to be from wallpaper sample books, any scrap fabric will do). Cut a basic heart shape from a piece of paper or card stock, it should be about 2 and half inches at the widest end. Use it as a template to cut five hearts from each piece of cloth. Also use it to cut ten hearts from plain white cloth to use as the backing.

To make each section, put a patterned heart and a white heart wrong sides together and sew the entire edge together, leaving a small half inch section open. Through the open half inch, turn the heart right side out and stuff it with some sort of fluffy cotton. (I always save the tiny scraps left over from quilting, so this is a great way to use them up). Sew the half inch closed. Repeat for all ten hearts.

Sew the hearts together side by side forming a ring. Fashion five little bows from the navy blue ribbon and run two stitches through the center of each to secure them to the wreath. Because there’s nothing fragile on this wreath, it can be put almost anywhere without fear of damage from falling.

Here’s the finished product:


Wreath Front

 


Wreath Back
Copyright © Amber Reifsteck ~ The Woodland Elf

Wheat Weaving: Heart

At the end of the season, I always like to make a few weavings out of rye or wheat.Wheat weavings, also called corn dollies, are traditional end of harvest crafts. They can also be woven from rye, barley, and oats, but wheat is most commonly used due to its flexibility.The Celts used to do this to ensure good luck for the next years harvest. ‘Round here we just doing because it’s fun.

You will need:
10-12 long stalks of wheat, rye, barley, or oats with heads
White thread

(For those without access to grain stalks, these can be woven from plastic drinking straws as well.)

In days gone by, farmers used to take the last few stalks of the grain harvest and weave them into beautiful designs in hopes of capturing the spirit of the grain to ensure a bountiful harvest the following year. These weavings were kept inside all winter. In the spring the weavings were unraveled and the heads were the first seeds sown in the fields, as it was believed they would bring good luck for the growing season. Today most people wheat weave for aesthetic pleasure as opposed to good luck for harvest, but the designs are just as beautiful now as they were hundred of years ago.

To begin, soak the straws in warm water for 20 minutes. Tie four straws together just below the heads. With the heads at the bottom, gently pull down the stalks so they splay in four different directions. Leave one gap wider than the others.

Start weaving by holding the gap away from you. Bend the straw across from the gap (second from the right) into the open space. A new gap will form where that straw was. Turn the weaving so the new gap faces away from you. Bend the straw across from the new gap (now second from the right) into the open space. Continue “filling the gap” until the weaving is about 5 inches long.

Do the same with another set of four straws, making a weaving that is 5 inches long. If you break a straw, just insert one of the extras in its place and continue weaving as though nothing happened.

Tie the two weaving together at the heads. Bend the weavings up into a heart shape. Allow the unwoven ends to drape down into the center. Secure the ends to the heads with thread. To finish, tie the bottom of the heart with a festive ribbon. As grain dries naturally on its own, these will last for many years.
Copyright © Amber Reifsteck ~ The Woodland Elf