I found this project on Pinterest, and it was originally done by a stylist named Heather Bullard.
Finding small wooden hearts at craft stores proved to be more challenging than any of us expected, especially with Valentine's Day just around the corner. We were searching for a cut-out with a little lip along the edge. But, we came up empty-handed. So, I reached out to a friend, who edits a woodworking magazine, and she hooked me up with a lady who does crafts with a scroll saw. She made 20 of these babies for us! Thank you Linda Helgerson!!
The STEPS for MAKING A BEADED HEART:
We got started by painting the wood hearts. We used craft latex paint or Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Then we dark waxed them for some rustic patina. When they dried, we drilled a little hole in the top to thread twine through to hang them later. The next step was to apply white craft paint (I used Elmer's Quick Dry, which dries clear) to the inside of the heart. Then take a handful of pearls or beads, and pat them down onto the glue. You'll want to use a variety of sized beads, so you can insert tiny beads in the spaces between the bigger beads. Let it dry for a good half hour, before you pick it up, or the beads could roll off. If any do fall off, just apply more glue and put it back in. When its dry, thread twine or ribbon through the hole, and if your "heart" desires, add a charm. You'll see I used an antique style key, a bird wing, and a little bird cage (you know I love me some birds). Use any trinkets you have at home that may have come from old jewelry, or you can just buy little charms like these in the jewelry aisle of your local craft store.
Here's the hearts all of us made. You can see some ladies got really creative, by using yarn, ribbon, multi-colored beads, and even wooden hearts that were picture frames!
Don't they look romantic?
It was a really easy craft, and we had fun eating, drinking and crafting!
Laura's hearts were very intricate and beautifully unique!
Here you can see Meredith applying the white glue to the inside of her heart and spreading it around. You want a pretty thick layer of glue in there, so the beads have something to adhere to. Otherwise you might find they don't stick so well if the glue is spread too thinly.
Gail used this cool picture frame and applied the beads to the center where the photo would go. Now she has a nice Valentine's Day decoration for a table top! (love that big brass key!)
Even my son got in on the crafting action!
Natalie used a large flat wooden heart, and to create the lip around the edge, she wrapped the backside and the edges in a pretty script piece of scrapbook paper! Way to find creative solutions!
Heather's string was glam! (and wait until next month - she's hosting our next craft club and you'll be super excited to see what she has in store - it will be pretty and functional for the home!)
It was a great evening of friendship and crafting! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!