Stringed Heart Sculpture

stringed heart sculpture familybringsjoy.com Today I am ecstatic to share with you my latest creation.  I call it a Stringed Heart Sculpture.  I was blessed with the opportunity to teach this craft at a local boutique on Saturday.

Supplies you’ll need:

– wood. I used 16″ x 16″

– paint.

– string. I used hot pink braided mason line from Lowe’s.

– nails. I used box nails size 4D x 1 1/2

– painters tape.

Instructions:

1. Paint the board. On the second heart I added a border by mixing pink paint and Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.

2. Cut out a heart the size you want.

3. Tape it where you want it on the board.

4. Add dots onto the paper heart where you want your nails to go.

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5. Hammer nails onto dots.

6. Gently tear off paper and tape.

7. Tie a knot with the string on the bottom nail. Wrap the string around each nail to outline the heart.

8. Cross over to other nails however you want.  Wrap around each nail again until all nails have been wrapped around at least once or as much as you want.  Be creative, there is no pattern.

Here are some photos from the class:

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class1 familybringsjoy.com

Some class members did smaller hearts.  There were a few who placed the hearts at an angle as well.

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class2 familybringsjoy.com

The long haired blonde you see above was very creative and strung hers in a striped fashion.  I was glad to find out she was an art teacher AFTER the class was over.  Not one sculpture looked like another.  That’s what I love about this.  Everyone’s was unique!

Stringed Heart Sculpture Class3 familybringsjoy.com

The short haired blonde you see above with me is the very sweet lady who invited me to teach this class at her boutique.  She is also my professional photographer who has taken our family’s portraits for 6 years.  We are planning on holding one adult and one kids craft class every month.  I am so grateful for this opportunity.  I look forward to meeting and making new friends while creating together.

Idea credit: Green Wedding Shoes

Crafts bring joy,

Large Wood Heart for My Front Door

Last week I looked at our undecorated entry way and thought to myself, “I need a heart.”

No, I’m not quoting from the Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)…lol 😉

I envisioned in my mind a simple big rustic wooden heart to go on my front door for Valentine’s Day.

Normally, when I get something in my head like this, the first thing I do is go searching online for it.  Invariably, every time I spend way too much time looking for ‘it’ and never find it.  So instead, I decided to make one!
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4. I painted and added a little of Annie Sloan’s Dark (Brown) wax to give dimension and have a subtle rustic look to it.

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To add to the rustic look I took keys and banged them on the painted heart.

I decided to sand the heart again after I got my frustrations out by throwing the keys over & over on the heart.  I wanted a little of the original light wood to show through around the edges.  I ran into a slight hiccup when I decided to sand over the top of the heart as well.  I explained and showed on the following videos {very amateur videos} what happened and how I was to remedy the problem without repainting it all over again:

 


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My Son says it’s “tacky.”  What do you think?

I heart Valentine’s Day,

Batman Vs. Heart Vs. Jack-O-Lantern

Yesterday I shared our pumpkin patch photos.

Today, I share our carving of the pumpkins the kids chose.

Perfect day to share since it is Halloween. 😉

Son wanted a Batman pumpkin.  {I forgot to ‘photoshop’ the preserving packet of the photo…in case you were wondering what that was.}

Youngest chose a sweet smiling face for her jack-o-lantern.

Some of my favorite photos are ones where no one is looking at the camera.  Oldest is taking an Instagram photo with her phone while the other two watch their Dad scoop out the pumpkin goop.

I heart my grown up girl.

The awe and wonder of her pumpkin…super sweet!

All three together!

I had to add this photo of my oldest when she was one.  Cutest BYU cheerleader ever!  She still has a sweet tooth {holding a sucker in the photo…lol}

Happy Halloween,