Wednesday, February 15, 2012

One More Heart Before It's Over

I know, I know - the season of hearts is over.  But, I feel like this project isn't too pink - and could really be used all year long - just change out the bling.  And, as any of you who already follow me know, I kind of have a lot of burlap – so this project will utilize just a little bit of that!

I did make my own wreath form – I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be!  I did find some hot tips . . . after I was done.  So, use a serrated knife instead of scissors and it won’t look like someone chewed through your noodle/pipe insulation! 

OK, to make your own wreath form, choose which kind of foam you want to wrestle – pool noodle or pipe insulation.  I chose pipe insulation because it is January, and there are not a lot of pool noodles for sale at this time. . . also, it’s a little thinner, and I wanted to make a small wreath.   Pipe insulation comes in 6’ lengths from our local hardware store for a couple bucks, so it’s a pretty good deal, too.  I cut a 32” piece off – to come up with this magic number, I kind of free-formed my wreath to see how much of the pipe insulation I needed to make the size of wreath I wanted. . .precise, I know.  I started with the bottom of my wreath – hold the two ends of the pip insulation together and decide how sharp of angle you want to cut for the base of the heart.  The further from 90 degrees you cut, the narrower your heart will be.   
To make the curves of the heart, you’ll need to cut several crescent notches out of the INTERIOR of each curve – I just eyeballed these (again with that precision!) so I actually cut one more than I need on my first side – whoops!  I knew my awesome and forgiving burlap would cover this glitch, so I wasn’t too sad that I’d already messed up.  The serrated knife would have really come in handy at this point.  Next time, I’ll do my research BEFORE I sit down to do a project!   
 The last cut you need to make is for the top of the heart – cut a v-shaped piece out of the center of your pipe insulation on the EXTERIOR of the curve.  The narrower the v-shape, the narrower your heart will be.   
 Now, get out your glue gun and open a window, because the combination of hot glue and melting foam produces some wicked fumes.  I glued the base together first and taped liberally with masking tape to hold in place.  Then, I glued the top together.  More tape here – lots of tape!  I also put a little glue in some of my notches to make the heart shape curvier.  I may have passed out for a minute or two at this point – those fumes really were noxious.  Maybe that’s a “pro” for buying a form at the store!
At any rate, this all firmed up pretty quickly, so I started on the fun part – wrapping!  First, I cut several strips of burlap 6 ½” wide by the width of the fabric.  I chose this width because that’s how wide my ruler is.  I folded it in half lengthwise (so I had a strip 3 ¼” wide).  Starting at the base, I wrapped the burlap around once and glued it to itself (no more melting foam fumes for me!).  I made sure this piece went slightly beyond the tip of the heart’s base.
Just keep wrapping until you run out of burlap or get to the center of the heart.  I got a little fancy here and stopped wrapping just short of the center, then started with a new piece at the base on the other side.
When I got to the middle, I folded my burlap so that both sides were folded under to make the center of the heart’s top look nice and neat. 
For hanging, I used some hemp twine – first, tie knots in each end of the twin, then pin in place and make sure your wreath hangs straight (or crooked – however you’d like it to look!).
Then, I folded a couple of scraps of burlap up so I’d have some coverage for my attachment method.  Put COPIOUS glue on top of the twine knots, then topped with those folded burlap scraps.   Pieces of felt or fabric in a fun shape would be great for this step, too.
Finally – too embellish or not to embellish – this wreath needed a little something, but what?  Because I’m a crazy crafter, I had these two crocheted flowers just laying about (I crochet when I watch TV – I have an inability to just sit and watch TV – it seems so unproductive).

But which one to use – green?  It’s nice and bright, and I like it because I’m into non-traditional Valentine’s d├ęcor.
The white is pretty, too.  It was made using a fuzzier yarn, which makes a nice contrast to the burlap.  I like them both – which do you prefer?  

Happy crafting, my friends!

I originally posted this at Uncommon Designs for the Love is in the Air series - so if you are having a feeling of deja vu, you aren't crazy.  Well, maybe you are, but not for thinking you've seen this before somewhere else!

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  1. Love the way you made the wreath form - thanks for the tutorial!

  2. So stinkin' cute!! And fabulous idea on the wreath form! I'll have to steal that idea :) Thanks so much for sharing at my first ever linky party!

  3. How precious! Just popped over from Happy Hour Projects and I'm so happy to have found you! As an ever-seeking-project seeker, I loved this! We're so happy to be your newest follower and can't wait to pop back over soon for inspiration.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

  4. Love this!! I'm thrilled that you shared it at our Shine on Fridays party! Burlap wreaths are always so pretty and the heart shape makes it really unique. I like the color of the green flower and the fuzziness of the I'm impressed that you made the wreath form yourself too. Oh, and it's too funny, I felt like I was looking at a photo of my own hands because I have an almost identical thumb ring!

  5. The green could stretch it to St. Patty's day. A few shamrocks would be cute! Thanks for sharing at the Kiss Me I'm Irish party over at I Gotta Create!

  6. That is SO CUTE!! I love it!! Thanks for sharing even though it was past the day! I agree with Christina, you could do the green flower and add some shamrocks! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

  7. Love the burlap! Thanks so much for sharing :)


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