I worked on these Heart Topiary’s last night until almost midnight. My game plan for these went a totally different direction. So the other stuff I have will be for another craft project. However, I am pleased with the final outcome. 😉
HOW TO: To make these lovely heart Topiary’s I started with some fabric I picked up at walmart. I cut out a 81/2 inch heart from my cricut using a nice cardstock. The Cricut Cartridge I used was the “Platinum Schoolbook.”
I then used the paper heart as a stencil to cut out the fabric. I didn’t follow to close to the paper heart, because I new I would be stuffing them. So you are more using the paper heart as a guide. When you are done cutting, both will look like this.
Next you will start stapling around the fabric and to the paper.
Then you will stuff the heart with shredded paper, or tissue paper, or cotton, whatever you choose. I used some scissors carefully to push the stuffing toward the sides and bottom. NOTE- don’t staple a small hole you want a decent size hole to stuff. When finished stuffing staple the hole closed.
It will look like this when you are all done.
TA-DA both stuffed and ready for more foofing. You could easily stop here and just make some to place here and there on a mantel or table with more V-DAY decor. 😉
I used a “Ink It Up” light pink ink to rub up and down the dowel to paint them.
I sliced two slits one in the back of each paper heart to stick the dowels in.
Stick your dowel in the cut hole and add some hot glue to the bottom tip of the heart to keep nice and firm.
I used a thin satin blue aqua ribbon to lace through two white plastic heart buttons. To act as another layer and embellishment to the center of the hearts……
as well as cute red polka dot ribbon.
I used a small square chunk of styrofoam to hold the dowel in place, along with shredded white paper.
What is more Valentines then “HOT” tamales as a vase filler and fun layer.
and here it is with the ribbon embellishments and the jar stuffed with styrofoam, shredded paper, and hot tamales.
~ALL DONE~ NOTE- the backs of these will be facing a wall, once I get my entry table all decked out for V-day. So no one will see the ugly paper, staples, & glued backs HA!
If you make them or some like them email me, I would love to see your version, and share them. Thanks so much for stopping by. HAPPY CRAFTING!
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