Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Day Craft: Upcyled Heart tutorial




I was trying to think of a fun Valentine's Day Craft but I was hitting a wall creatively.  So I started to clean my craft room (rare occasion) and I saw these two empty wrapping paper rolls I had saved from Christmas (it's not hoarding if you eventually use it right?), and this is what my crazy brain came up with.  It turned out very simple but I imagine it has a lot of potential for embellishment or to be wrapped with fabric.  So here's the tutorial, enjoy!

Supplies: wrapping paper tubes, yarn (in your choice of colors), jute string (if you want to hang it), wire hangers, pliers, leather puncher, and large embroidery/yarn needle.
















Use your pliers to help untwist and straighten the hanger into one long piece of wire.











Flatten the tub and fold in half






Use the leather hole puncher to punch holes into the folded tube.  Make sure you punch through all four layers.




Continue punching holes all the way down the tube




Cut a piece of yarn and thread the needle.  Sew up the tube using the stitch seen below.











Make sure you insert the wire at some point, I put mine in once it was about half way sewn up.  If you look closely you can see the wire in the pic to the right.


Ok so to finish you need to make sure your wire is pushed all the way to one end and leave an inch of tubing without wire on the other end (you may have to cut the wire with wire cutters if it's too long).  Then find the middle of the tube and bend it into a heart shape carefully.  At the bottom of the heart, bend the end with the extra inch and no wire and line it up with the other end.  Punch two extra holes in both ends to make four holes in a square formation.  Use the ends of the yarn to secure the ends together and tie off.  Punch holes into the back of the top of the heart to tie jute string if you want to hang it.




Enjoy your beautiful hearts that were made from mostly recycled materials!







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