Here’s a pretty paper craft to make with an old-fashioned feel. Using scrapbook paper and a large wooden craft heart I’ll teach you how to make a vintage hanging heart decorative sign.
Vintage Hanging Heart Sign
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- 12″ Vintage Scrapbook Paper(similar)
- Wooden Heart Shape
- Mod Podge
- Waverly Antique Wax
- Assorted Neutral Ribbons
- Jute Twine
Today is the first monthly challenge for a group of my crafty blogging friends. On the first Tuesday of every month, we will be sharing a handcrafted project…the rule is we need to use the item or art medium that was chosen by the lead for that month. For February, Wendy from WM Design House has chosen paper hearts.
How to Make a Vintage Hanging Heart
This is is quick and easy project idea using a sheet of scrapbook paper and a big wooden heart cutout shape…plus a few pieces of scrap ribbon.
The wooden heart shape I am using is about 11 inches in size so I grabbed a pad of 12 x 12-inch scrapbook paper that I had (this one is similar, I bought mine a few years back).
I found a piece of paper that had the perfect vintage vibe that I am going for with this heart project!
Next, all I did was use the wooden heart to make an outline of the sheet of scrapbook paper…easy right??
Adhere Paper Heart
Following the marker outline I cut out the paper heart shape. It’s important to take your time with this step to make sure the paper heart will cover the entire wooden heart without any of the wood peeking out.
Then I used matte Mod Podge and a foam sponge brush and covered the wooden heart with it then carefully lined up the paper heart over it making sure that I had it lined up perfectly on top.
After smoothing out the paper heart and removing any air bubbles underneath I brushed the Mod Podge over the entire heart.
Again, I made sure there weren’t any air bubbles popping up underneath the paper. I find it easier to use my finger to smooth the bubbles out by pushing them to the edges…yes, it’s a little bit messy!!
Brush with Antique Wax
Once the Mod Podge dried I wanted to give this hanging heart an even more vintage feel by brushing Waverly antique wax across the surface with a chip brush. This is my favorite wax for small DIY projects because I really like the paint-like consistency…so easy to use!
After I brushed the wax over the heart, I took a paper towel and wiped off the excess wax. I put the heart aside to work on the final detail…the vintage-looking ribbons.
I wanted to keep a neutral tone to go with the vintage look of the heart. I gathered a few different textured ribbon trims that I had and also a yard of cream-colored linen fabric.
Any assortment of ribbons would work for this, I like to use what I already have in my craft stash.
I cut the ribbons to about 20 inches each. For the fabric, I cut the pieces about 3/4 of an inch wide and also 20 inches in length.
I folded the bunch of ribbons in half and wrapped jute twine around the top leaving a loop.
Make sure to cut the jute twine so the tails are long enough to run through the hole at the top of the heart sign to make a hanger. Tie the ends of the jute in a tight common knot.
Extra Detail: Dried Hydrangeas
For one last touch, I added a few small sprigs of dried hydrangeas. The soft purples of the hydrangea go so nicely with the vintage tones of this hanging heart project.
I just tucked the stems under the jute twine knot holding the bunch of ribbons together.
Finished Vintage Hanging Heart
Here is the finished hanging heart..doesn’t it have an old-fashioned vintage feel to it?? The soft muted colors and the dried flowers remind me of Victorian decorations.
Handcrafted Society: Paper Heart Theme for February
Wait until you see what the rest of the Handcrafted Society has created this month! So many beautiful ideas for you to try. Then join us again on March 7th to see what we all created!!