Instead of buying a Valentine’s Day gift for mom this year, why not try your hand at creating a heart shaped wall hanging that’s as cute as it’s eco-friendly. By up-cycling a paper bag, some old wire and using a few craft supplies you can create a beautiful and sentimental heart shaped wall hanging that your valentine is sure to love. Not only is it an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift, its also very inexpensive to make which makes it an excellent choice for teachers who are looking for an affordable Valentine’s Day gift their students can make.
How to Make a Paper Bag Heart Wall Hanging
Plastic table covering
Containers to hold paint
Red, pink and white paint ( acrylic or liquid tempera)
Black Sharpie marker
Plastic bags or cotton from an old pillow
Hot glue gun
Piece of cardboard
Two large brown paper grocery bags
1. Using scissors cut the bottoms off of two paper bags.
2. Next cut one side of each bag.
3. Open up each bag and stack on top of each other.
4. Use your pencil to draw a large 12″x 12″ inch heart on the top bag.
5. Holding both bags together use the scissors to cut two heart shapes out.
6. Next draw and cut a smaller 2″x 2″ heart out of the paper bag.
7. Draw and cut another 2″x 2″ heart out of cardboard.
8. Cover your workspace with a plastic table covering and paint each large heart red using the paint brush.
9. Paint the smaller hearts red.
10. Allow all hearts to dry.
11. Once dry, dip the end of a kitchen sponge in white paint and lightly press all over the painted surface of both large heart shapes to give a speckled effect.
12. Allow to dry.
13. Glue the smaller paper heart to the front of one of the larger hearts and use a black marker to draw an arrow through it.
14. Use the black Sharpie marker to write a sweet saying on the front of the heart you have placed the smaller heart. Be mine, true love and sweetheart are some ideas of sweet sayings you could use.
15. To make your lettering really stand out you can use decorative dots or hearts on the points of each letter.
16. Next glue the bottom and sides of the two hearts together using craft glue. Do not glue the top closed yet.
17. Use the cotton from the old pillow or plastic grocery bags to stuff the heart.
18. Once the heart is stuffed, use glue to close the top of the heart.
19. Use the wire cutters to cut a 16″ piece of wire.
20. To give the wire a decorative look wrap the wire around a pencil.
21. Slide the wire off the pencil and stretch it out. You should end up with a long spiral shaped piece of wire.
22. Curve the wire into a “C” shape and attach to the heart by carefully poking the ends of the wire into the top edge of either side of the heart.
23. Bend the ends of the wire to secure in place.
24. Tie the raffia into a bow around the wire just to the left of the center of the wire. Use a drop of hot glue to hold in place.
25. Hot glue the cardboard heart to the center of the raffia bow.
Some adult assistance is necessary for portions of this project if being made by children.
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