Beaded Wire Heart

Add a little love with these simple beaded wire hearts.  Embellish cards, gift bags, or make a Valentine center piece!

Materials:

  • Glass seed beads
  • Matching larger bead
  • 24 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Cut your wire and curl around one end with needle nose pliers to stop the beads from coming off, start sliding beads on to the wire.

For a 2″ finished heart, you will need to start with about 10” of wire.

You want to have about 1 1/2” (or more) of just wire on each end.  Gently bend the wire in the center with equal number of beads on each side. Cut off the end that you curled up, and slide a larger bead though both wires.

Slide the larger bead all the to the smaller seed beads, take one of the wires and wrap around between the small seed beads and larger bead, you might have to cut off some the the wire!

Now take the other wire and curl it into a small circle with your needle nose pliers, and gently bend it towards to larger bead.  You only need about 1″ of wire, so you might need to cut the wire before curling it.  Or you can just bend the wire and wrap it, just like the other wire!

Now I know it’s not looking like a heart yet!!  With your fingers gently bend the wired wrapped end down into the center, and then shape with your fingers!

Done!!

I like to embellish cards with the beaded hearts!

I found the best way to attach the wire heart to the card stock is to sew it on!  With needle and matching thread, 3 to 4 small stitches, your card will be a kept sake!

For a Valentine center piece, I spray painted a small branch white, filled a bud vase with pearls, and hung red beaded hearts on the branches!

And I love adding them to a gift bag or gift box!

Hope you are inspired to make these simple hearts!

Valentine’s Heart Decorations: Recycled Crayons and Wax Paper

Wax paper and crayons shaving made into hearts are a quick way to recycle crayons and decorate for Valentine’s Day!  They are so fun to create and even make unique Valentine’s cards.

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  •  Two old towels
  • Paper for making heart pattern
  • Optional: fishing line or thread and tape

Directions:

Pick out the color(s) of crayons you want to use, peel off the paper. Get the kids to help, with a pencil sharpener make crayon shavings, by turning the crayon back and forth in sharpener.  Keeping each color in a small pile, one crayon makes a lot of shavings.

Lay an old towel or cloth over iron board and have another towel or cloth ready, you want to protect your iron and iron board from the crayons.  Set your iron on medium heat (no steam).  Tear off a piece of wax paper and fold in half, place on  towel on the ironing board and sprinkle crayon shaving on half of paper, fold over the wax paper, place the other towel or cloth on top and slowly iron.  It will not take long for the crayons to melt. You can check to make sure the entire wax paper area has melted, if a spot has not melted, iron more or set your iron hotter.  The ironing step should be done by an adult, the next step the kids can help again.

Sprinkle shavings.

Fold over wax paper.

Place towel or cloth over wax paper and iron.

Now for the fun, to see what happened.

So cool, on this one I used three colors, pink, red and a purple.  Now make heart patterns out of paper, and use as your cutting guide, or just let the kids cut (with kid scissors) and make their own hearts or favorite shapes.

How pretty, crayons come in so many colors the possibles are endless!

If you’re feeling extra creative, make a pattern with the shavings.

You can create different looks by adding a little or a lot of shavings.  Below the one on the left has a little, the right side a lot.

To make a heart garland, tape hearts to fishing line or thread and hang in the windows.

Or tape them to the windows.

 

Make your own cards and send a little love.  I backed the hearts with white paper to show off the design, and glued them on red paper, and add your love message.

What a fun way to recycle all those old, broken crayons!

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