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How to Make Easy Valentine’s Day Decor – Hanging Heart

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! 

Valentines Day Decor

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

THE INSPIRATION

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

Like literally everything else I’m ever looking – or not looking for – but have a desperate need for when I see it – I found a perfect craft kit for this project at where else, but Target! It was as if the Target Gods were looking down on me saying.. “yep, that one does not need to be drilling or hammering ninety plus holes.” Agreed.
Update: Target no longer carries this product AND Hand Made Modern is a Target only product line – bummer. I did find a few similar products on Etsy though – you can take a look there. 

valentines day decor - targetheartcutouts

The wooden heart kit comes in two separate pieces, one with pre-drilled holes. Perfect, no?
valentines day decor - heart cutouts
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STAIN IT

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.

valentines day decor - firstrow

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.

Everbilt 7/16 in. x 1/2 in. Nickel Hammered Upholstery Nails (20-Piece per Pack)

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.

Valentines Day decor - pattern
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!

valentines day decor - glue nails

Ebony Rub'n Buff

 

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.

valentines day decor - 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!

Valentines Day Decor - hanginginfoyer

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A planter full of kisses!


The winter months are tough for so many of us. After all of the build up to the holidays.. and we celebrate hard between Halloween and Christmas.. the quiet lull of the months following are a bit like massive burnout – always a bit of a let down. The cold, dreary weather doesn’t help, especially since our home hasn’t a lot of natural light. I miss the leaves on the trees and the kids miss playing outside without bundling like little Michelin men and women. I also could do without the static electricity that seems to plague everything right now.. my hair, my clothes.. drives me insane!

This year, besides turning every light on in the house during the day and buying a years supply of static guard and bounce dryer sheets, I’ve been doing what I can to minimize the winter blues by changing things up around the house, and adding a bit of color and sparkle. It’s not really that I’ve added all that much new.. more that I’ve just moved some things around. It’s amazing what little touches like that can do to your mood.

In the kitchen, where I seem to spend most of my time these days, despite my attempts to curb my cookie habit,  I added a bit of much needed green, using plants I already had that have barely survived the winter – I mentioned the low light situation.. at least so far! Which brings us to why we are here..

Every plant, while beautiful on it’s on, needs a cute pot to really make it shine. This one was easy to make with just a terracotta pot, ceramic tile spacers – I certainly have enough of those hanging around with our recent bathroom projects – a glue gun, and finally, spray paint and a bit of rub and buff.

If you aren’t familiar with rub and buff, it’s one of my favorite quick fixer-upper things in the world.  I’ve used it on my son’s dresser make-over for the drawer pulls, our Happy Room desk chairs, the dining room chandelier, Land of Nod knock-off ahoy mirrors that I made for Ayden’s room, and the lamp bases in our Master bedroom. Obviously, I think this stuff rocks.

I’ve also seen it in copper, gold, antique gold, and black

Back to the planter.. It’s pretty easy peasy. Starting at the top of the pot, I applied the tile spacers in a line, tip to tip, under the rim using hot glue.

This continued on… and on.. and on.. placing rows under one another until I reached near the bottom of the pot. I then went back to add another row on the rim itself, just because I thought it needed a little something.

Then, the entire pot received a coat of spray paint in ecru.

When dry,  I applied a thin coat of rub and buff in antique gold around the rim, above the spacers.

Plant + cute planter full of kisses = I love it!

All of those x’s remind me that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner..