Feb 2, 2012

Look Ma, NO glue!

I was surprised at how many people could relate to my last post.  Seems I'm not alone in my perpetual state of optimization!  I'm still trying to get it all worked out but in the mean time, the computer is kind of put back in order and is up on a desk.  It's not in it's new home yet, the computer zone is still a work in progress, but for now it's at least usable which means I can BLOG!!!

I know there are a gazillion and one heart wreaths out there but I thought I'd share another.  (Now there are officially a gazillion and two!)  The cool thing about this one though is I made it with just stuff I had and I didn't need glue or any adhesive - it truly was a very easy and quickly made project.

Here's what it's made out of ...

Do you recognize some of those parts?  They were my giant spider legs. I had to take him apart because of storage issues but I kept all the elbow connectors and foam pipe covers.  Lucky for me, that was a wise choice.  So, to make the heart you will need...

2 foam pipe covers, each should be about 20 inches long
2 elbow connectors

Step 1: Cut the ends of your foam on an angle

Step 2:  Add an elbow connector to one piece of foam, pushing it in firmly.  Then, add the other piece of foam so that the two pieces are now connected and make a "V" shape.

Step 3:  Repeat those steps for the other ends of the foam only this time,  bend your ends in so once they are connected they are rounded at the top and make the shape of a heart.

Once it's connected together, you should have something that looks like the photo above.

Step 4:  Cut long, thin strips of fabric (step not shown)

Step 5: Take one end of the fabric and carefully push the end into the seam of the foam.

Step 6:  Next start wrapping your fabric around the foam shape.  Please note, the photo above shows just a small piece of fabric but you will want to use longer strips.  I started out with a different project in mind and quickly realized I didn't have enough fabric to complete my original idea so I switched gears and decided to just wrap it instead.

Step 7: Once you get the whole thing wrapped, just tuck the end of the fabric underneath one of the layers of wrapped fabric like shown above and ....

Ta-da!!!  You have a very simple heart that is made in a matter of minutes for low cost, or in my case - no cost and without glue.

Now, you could leave it like that or you can dress it up a bit.

I just added a very simple tulle bow, attached it with a straight pin, and hung the heart from a piece of black ribbon.  Super easy!

P.S. I mentioned earlier that I started out with a different project in mind.  I couldn't finish my original idea because I didn't have enough fabric.  However, if you have a lot of fabric, you could tie the strips of fabric on like this....

This way is super cute as it leaves little fringed ends all the way around.  After picking up more fabric, I've got one of these in the works for a friend so I'll show that tutorial soon.

In other news, we are looking at having  a big snow storm tomorrow.  Rumors of a snow day are in the works and I'm so excited.  Snow day = craft day and so I say bring on the snow!