Valentine Heart Tree
A couple of weeks ago, I was inspired from a Valentines Day craft over at Pinterest. It was a clay pot, painted red with what appeared to be, candy heart boxes painted and coming up out of the pot with ivy and bows (like the hearts were growing). I really liked it. I had purchased a pack of large foam hearts at my local dollar store a few weeks back. Wasn’t sure why, but 4 for a dollar was too good to pass up. Finally found the spot for them.
I used items on hand as I didn’t want to make it badly enough to rush out and buy things. With this holiday being a bit special this year, I wanted to do my first V’s day craft in honor of my husband proposing to me 15 years ago on Valentines day, so this tree has meaning and I hope to use it for years to come.
I ventured up to my garden shed and found a clay pot and 2 long bamboo sticks I had (for staking plants). Painted the pot white and added a few red hearts (free hand) around the top rim. Next I found some florist foam and stuck it tightly into the pot. I then added the 2 bamboo sticks after cutting them down a bit –and using shipping tape, I taped them all the way down so they’d support my project AND each other.
Next I realized I only had 2 glitter hearts (red) and 2 solid lighter colored red hearts. So I painted one white and only used 3 of them. Painting foam is easy but you must do it slow and under a good warm light so it doesn’t make the foam curl. After a few coats of white, I knew it still need something else.
I didn’t have a stencil on hand that would work for this type project so I used an old lace curtain. I put the dried white foam heart under the curtain and used red spray paint very carefully and lightly. WHA LA! A lacy rose heart!
Next, I carefully placed the hearts (with hot glue) up the sticks staggering them and turning them opposite ways. I then weaved a rose vine with babies breathe around the hearts. I used red tissue to fill in around the florist foam and clear shiny shredded stuffing on top of the tissue. Some of it even flows out of the pot. I placed extra greenery from the left over vine around the bottom and used a bit more babies breathe to fill in the gaps.
Topped with a handmade little bow, I then realized it needed lights (I used 20 clear). Yup, lets tacky it up even more! 😉 This tree measures 34 inches tall… almost 3 foot! Now sometimes we are our own worst critics but I do kind of like my first real Valentines craft project.
Here is the finished Heart tree in a clay pot ❤ ……….❤……….
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❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤