Make your home Valentine’s Day ready using this quick and easy Valentine’s Day decor idea! This hanging heart is a cinch to make and decorate and will have everyone seeing heart-eyes!
It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you’ve followed along with me for a while, you know I like to dress things up around here for love day, but with so much going on all the time, motivation can be hard to find. Participating in the 2016 Valentine’s Day Blog Hop, hosted by Danielle from Creatively Homespun, was just the inspiration I needed! For my project, I’m sharing how I made this fun vintage-industrial style hanging heart – It’s a super easy Valentine’s Day decor idea!
How to Make Easy Hanging Heart Valentine’s Day Decor
Inspiration comes from the strangest places. On this project, my inspiration came from a cute, linen-wrapped bedside table. Funny, my project inspiration has little to do with Valentine’s Day! I’m just mad for the linen covered look so trendy right now. I want to wrap everything in my house in linen and go crazy with the upholstery nails!
THE PERFECT CRAFT FIND
The first step: Give the heart cutout portion a gray stain finish with a light hand. Be sure to stir the stain well before applying – I found the gray especially seems to separate, with most of the pigment sinking to the bottom of the can. Follow up with a dark finishing wax. Allow the finish to dry for a few hours.
ADD THE BLING
It took approximately 120 nails in a hammered, nickel finish to go all the way around the heart. The nails, at .5″, were a tiny bit long, so I opted to snip them with a pair of sharp wire cutters to about half their length.
I found it easiest to start one hole away from the center bottom and work my way to the center top, or the dip of the heart. Once reaching the top, I laid the center nails over both rows at the top and bottom.
Working quickly, I’d add a dab of glue into the hole, and set the pin. Then repeated this one hundred and twenty times, give or take. It seemed less tedious in theory than in reality! Luckily it went by fast. Please, ignore my gross lack of manicure and, even more, offensive glue gun!
ADD SOME ANTIQUING
To age the nails ever so slightly, I applied a very, very thin layer of ebony rub n’ buff to random nails. I’ve used this product more times than I can count! You can read about it here, here and here. To get around this step altogether, you could use a dark nail instead of the nickel.
FINISH IT UP
To finish, I attached string for hanging, a mini-close pin to the front and clipped on the image card.
What I love about this project is the versatility. It’s a great accent piece for Valentine’s Day, but swapping out the picture card with a favorite photo makes it a home accent to be used year round.
For now, I’m happy to use it as-is in my lovefest decorating!
For past Valentine’s Day fun from Knockitoffcrafts.com, here are a few suggestions:
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