Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart Tree Branches Tutorial

This was NOT ENTIRELY my idea...the inspiration for my heart tree came from here:

She did a similar project with leaves instead of hearts (which she HAND CUT...seriously!? Use a punch!!! Save your sanity!!!) And, she did lots of multicolours, but I obviously stuck with reds and pinks. I would like to do her paper tree with leaves in say all TEALS for our downstairs basement area or something...I think that would be super cool! Or all YELLOWS for our guesroom....yeah ;)

What's fun about this project is that it actually only took me a few hours, I did it while I was on the phone (thanks for the chat, Kat!), and it's something I can KEEP AND STORE for years to come. I don't have to just throw it away - I can reuse it over and over every year!

What I also love about this project is that IT WAS COMPLETELY FREE (for me). I already had EVERYTHING laying around for this project - it's made entirely of scraps from my scrap bin!!!! I didn't cut into ONE NEW piece of paper. The branches are from the woods across the street. The wire has been laying around my stash for years. The tools were in our tool box. It was all there!

Here's what you'll need for this project:
- heart punch
- patterned papers (or solids for that matter!)
- double sided tape or other adhesive
- wire cutter
- 26 gauge (or so) wire
- branches
- vase
- ribbon for finishing the vase to make it look pretty ;)

Step 1: Punch out a MAZILLION hearts out of pink and red papers. Or, you could do another shape, like leaves or circles. You can also skip this step (and step 2) if you want by cheating and buying FELT HEART STICKERS at the dollar store (yes, these were only a dollar for about 50 hearts)! I added these to my tree too, just because I could ;)

Step 2: Use double sided tape ON BOTH HEARTS that will be taped back to back with a wire in the middle.

This is the result of Step 2: a pile of hearts on wires...

Step 4: Start wrapping! Use the wire to attach the hearts all over the branches. Put them all in a pretty vase and call it a day :)


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