Sunday, January 29, 2017

Valentine's Day | Wisconsin Bulletin Board

Valentine's Day
Meet my new state-of-the-heart bulletin board.Valentine's Day craftThis is what it looked like when I bought it (at a thrift store, of course). It had a nice beefy frame that was painted in a neutral cream color -- and the paint was chipping in spots, so there was a little bit of mint green showing through here and there. I loved the chunky, chippy old frame. The orange cork, not so much.  
painting a cork board with chalk paint
 To de-orangify the cork, I broke out some leftover cream chalk paint (Americana Decor Chalky Finish/Lace). It took two coats to cover. Valentine's Day craft
I didn't want my lovely new/old bulletin board to get overwhelmed with notes and photos and general clutter, so I decided I'd put a neat, orderly collage on the top half of it. To make the collage, I picked up three packages of different sized heart cutouts.
The pink and red were not working for me, so I painted the hearts black.
I found a map of Wisconsin online that I sized to fit the width of the bulletin board and printed out.
Valentine's Day bulletin board
I lined up the tiled pieces of the map, taped them together and then cut around the perimeter.
Valentine's Day bulletin board
Next I lightly traced all the way around the border with a pencil.
crafting with hearts
 Then I started filling inside the map with my hearts.
crafting with hearts
 I started at the bottom and worked from the outside in.
Valentine's Day bulletin board
I tried to keep the outside row of hearts as close to the border as I could. I also tried to keep the pattern random, alternating the sizes of the hearts and the direction they were facing as much as possible.
Valentine's Day bulletin board
When I had all the pieces roughly where I wanted them to go, I adhered them to the board. The formerly red glitter hearts I stuck down with rubber cement. The others were peel-and-stick.
Valentine's Day craft
The last thing I did was erase the pencil line. (I started erasing it before I adhered the hearts, but every time I tried blowing the eraser residue away I would inadvertently blow unattached hearts all over. So eventually I wised up and realized I would be better off to stick everything down first.)  
Valentine's Day craft
Here's the bulletin board propped up on my desk. I can still tack notes and things to the bottom half of the board, but the top is all nice and neat.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Valentine's Day | Hearts on a String Decoration

Valentine's Day decorations are generally not my thing. Most of the mass-produced ones out there are way too saccharine sweet and frilly for me.
Valentine's Day craft project
So this year, I decided I'd make my own Valentine's Day decor: something with a vintage industrial vibe that I wouldn't mind actually hanging in my house.
Valentine's Day craft
I started with these little aluminum pans that I found at a thrift store. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them when I bought them -- but I knew it wasn't going to involve baking.
Pretty much every craft project I do lately begins with a coat of black chalk paint, so that's where I started with this one, too.
Then I cut a few hearts out of an old newspaper to layer over the black background.
LOVE
And, as luck would have it, I had the letters I needed to spell out the word "LOVE" in the stash of random letters and numbers that I have hoarded over the years. 
LOVE
I wasn't thrilled with the bright colors, so the letters got a coat of black chalk paint, too.
LOVE
 Then I put some silver craft paint over top, slapdash style, letting the black peek through for a tarnished metal effect.
Valentine's Day craft
 I drilled holes in the top and bottom of each pan ...
drilling a hole in a metal pan
 ... just big enough to pull a piece of twine through.
Valentine's Day craft
 I grunged up the newspaper hearts with some watered down paint and old coffee grounds...
Valentine's Day craft
... and I Mod Podged the newspaper onto the bottom on the pans.Valentine's Day decoration
To tie the hearts all together, I threaded pieces of jute twine through the holes.
string of hearts
I had a few beads on hand that I added here and there. (I wish I would have had more.)
string of hearts
The last step was to glue the letters on over the newspaper.
string of metal hearts
(The letters have magnets in them, but the pans are aluminum, and unfortunately magnets don't stick to aluminum; hence the need for glue.)
Valentine's day craft project
  Here's the completed string o' hearts. Love it.

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