This week, I have a super simple project for you that doubles up as a gorgeous piece of art for a girly girl’s bedroom wall, or a gift for your Valentine.
I made this one for our gorgeous Granbubba, Little Miss S, who became a big sister on 11th January. With the arrival of Granbubba Mark II, the “S” not only represents her name, it’s also an “S” for Sister.
There’s always a method in my madness.
There’s also a back-story to this project.
When I shared my Christmas Home Tour with a blog linkup, I had no idea it would win me a box of crafting goodies. So imagine my surprise when the Postie delivered this.
A veritable cornucopia of crafts!
Linkups are a great way to meet bloggers and see a bunch of posts all in one place. As a reader, link parties (as they’re also known) are a useful way to discover new content. For bloggers, they’re a great way to connect with other, like-minded people.
Crafting is my Therapy is one such link party that I try to take part part in on a regular basis. You may have noticed the badge over there on the right. Jointly run by craft bloggers Me, You and Magoo and Jennifer’s Little World, Nicola and Jennifer invite fellow bloggers to share posts with the wider #CraftingismyTherapy community.
You might not think so, but linkups like these have another important function; they provide a way of meeting people from the comfort of your keyboard. Working from home can be a lonely existence, which makes that there Interweb thingy a crucial lifeline. Social media is so much more than a way to share pictures of cats!
Although I’ve been known to do that too.
Through Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, I’ve been introduced to other virtual workers and even to clients, as well as to bloggers from around the globe, many of whom I discovered via link parties. Quite honestly, if I didn’t have these fellow keyboard warriors in my life, I may well have lost my mind by now.
And actually had to go back to working for an employer.
Sue. What the hell has this got to do with making a personalised heart button canvas?
Well it’s the materials you see. They came OUT OF THE BOX!
I used the canvas and heart buttons that I won to create this personalised heart canvas for Little Miss S and it was SO easy to make.
- 8in x 8in canvas
- Heart Shape template – I used a wooden heart from my gift box, but if you’re not as challenged in the drawing department me, you could draw your own. If you’re really good, you could go freehand and glue on your buttons without a template.
- Heart shaped buttons
- Initial/s of your choice – I cut the “S” on the Cricut, but you could use any letter you wish.
- Glue – I used Hi-Tack Fast Tack, which stuck the hearts, card and gems very nicely
How to make a personalised heart button canvas
Using a pencil, draw a heart shape onto the canvas. Go easy – you want the line to be hardly visible, so you don’t see it once the buttons are on.
Following the pencil line, glue the heart shape buttons around the heart.
If you’re going freehand, you can skip straight to gluing on your buttons.
Glue your initial to the middle. You might notice there’s a white “shadow” on mine. I cut this on the Cricut in white vinyl to give the initial some depth. but it’s entirely optional.
Add a few gems.
Adding a border is also optional, but I do think it adds a neat and stylish finishing touch. You could paint the edges, or do as I did and use card.
Cut four strips from your card that cover the length and width of the canvas edges. This is easily achieved by hand or even by guillotine but I’m lazy, so I used the cutting machine.
For an 8 x 8 canvas, I cut my card into 8-inch strips. They were slightly longer than each of the edges, which allowed me to fold one end over to cover the corners.
And that’s it!
I hope you like this project. Let me know by dropping a comment below. If you haven’t already, why not pop over to join in the chat on my growing Facebook Page, where I share more than just blog posts. Hope to see you there!
My heartfelt thanks to Nicola and Jennifer for hosting the Crafting is my Therapy link party and for selecting my post to win the crafting goodies. Watch out for more items from the box, coming up soon!
Crafting is my Therapy starts on the first Friday of each month and stays open for the whole month. Visit Me, You and Magoo for more details.
A hui hou,