Valentine's Day Heart
This Valentine's Day heart
looks really pretty hanging on a door, in a window, or as a wall
I was inspired by the intricate quilled heart
designs I have seen, and I thought I would try something similar out of
a paper tube.
Here, I used a single cardboard tube from a
center of a wrapping paper roll. I cut the tube into 1/2 inch
rings, and glued them together to form this heart. After a
coat of red spray paint, and tying on a ribbon, it was done!
The hardest thing about this is simply figuring out how and where all
the rings will fit together, but I give tips for this in the step by
step directions below. This craft is suitable for adults or
older teens, as young children may find it difficult to position all
the rings correctly.
Needed for the Valentine's day heart:
- Cardboard tube from the inside of a wrapping paper roll (or
empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls)
- Ruler or yard stick
- Spray paint (red, pink, or white look great)
- Ribbon for hanging
all starts with the cardboard paper tube from the inside of a wrapping
paper roll. But keep in mind, you can also use paper towel
tubes or toilet paper tubes. You will just need more than
one. This 30 inch long wrapping paper tube
made the entire Valentine's day heart.
2. Measure off equal segments with a ruler and mark them.
I marked off 1/2 inch thick segments and was able to make 60
3. Cut each ring off at the mark. You will have to
squeeze the tube to do this, and that is fine. It makes each
ring have a football shape which you want to have anyway.
4. Place some scrap paper or newspaper on your work surface
to protect it. Begin assembling your heart, using the photos
below for guidance. Begin my creating the outside of the
heart. Do not glue anything together yet.
5. Create a "line" down the center of the heart by placing a
few rings vertically, connecting the top center of the heart with the
bottom center of the heart, as shown.
6. Once you have this laid out, and it looks nice and even,
you can begin gluing. However a little tip first: I
decided to first place all my rings inside to make sure I would have
enough rings. If you don't have enough, you will need to
either cut more rings, or reduce the size of your heart. It
is easier to do that now before you get started gluing. I
used white Elmer's Glue-All. I like Elmer's Glue All because
it has a strong bond, yet doesn't cure immediately so you can still
move things around if you have to. Place a drop of glue on
the side of each ring to attach all the rings together.
7. Now you can begin gluing and placing, rings in the middle
to fill in the heart. I didn't pay as much attention to the
orientation of each ring, but instead positioned it to fill in the gap
8. Allow the Valentine's day heart to dry well.
Then, gently peel
off the paper on the back (the glue most likely will have dripped
through and bonded the paper to your heart). Take your time
and cut away any paper that stuck to the heart.
9. In a well-ventilated area, place your heart on newspaper.
Give it a nice coat of spray paint in the color of your
choice. I gave my heart two coats of spray paint, on each
side of the heart, allowing it to completely dry in between coats.
10. Add a ribbon to the Valentine's day heart. This
pretty in a window or hanging on a door. Enjoy!
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