Sometimes I just need to paint something, glue something, and make something cute, ya know? Life can get so hectic but there is something about taking 30 minutes (or less) and doing a craft project that calms me down. So every once in a while I will stop what I’m doing and pull out some supplies and see what happens.
That’s the story behind this quick, easy and totally cute Valentine’s Day craft – a “conversation heart” door hanger that is perfect for any door or small wall space in your home. Paint the hearts any color you like, write a few sayings, glue on some ribbon and voila! Instant gratification.
And then you can resume your busy schedule.
3 Wooden hearts from the craft store (4″ across)
1 Spool of red & white polka dot ribbon (1.5″ wide)
Acrylic craft paint (I used yellow, pink and lavender)
Foam paint brushes
Red paint pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sand paper or sanding block
1. Lightly sand each wooden heart with the sanding block or sand paper. Just enough to smooth out any rough edges. Remove any dust with a barely damp paper towel.
2. Paint each heart a different color. Apply at least 2 coats for complete coverage, allowing to dry between coats.
3. When the paint is completely dry, write conversation heart sayings on each heart with the red paint pen. (You could use a red Sharpie marker if you don’t have a paint pen.) For inspiration on what to say, click here for a recap of the newest sayings from the maker of the Sweethearts candy.
4. Lay out the hearts, spacing them evenly apart. Measure a length of ribbon – you want it long enough to fit all the hearts plus at least 6 inches above and below the hearts.
5. Glue the hearts in place with hot glue. (Use more than you think you need.)
6. Fold down the top inch of the ribbon and secure with a dot of hot glue (you want a double thickness of ribbon to be tied into the bow). Measure another length of ribbon to create a bow – about 2 yards if you want the streamers to be as long as middle ribbon. Use this ribbon to tie a bow around the top of the ribbon with the hearts, making sure the knot is nice and tight.
7. Cut the bottom edge of the ribbons in an inverse “V” shape if desired. Hang the doorhanger from the knot in the bow from a nail or hook.