[In this post, I reference some of my other ideas (from other CATEGORIES) on my website. CLICK on the “idea name” to open a new window to check out that idea also!]
This year… my decor was created mostly by re-purposing what I already have.
I came up with an idea that recycled, re-purposed and can be displayed in planters, on the front door or in a garden.
The first items I re-used were my planters.
Honestly…. I should call them Chameleon containers because that’s how versatile they are!
Here’s just a few looks I’ve created (in the past) using them:
I’ve painted them almost every color and thought about painting them white for this new look ,
but decided to keep them black to allow their contents to shine.
So, with that decided, it’s time to make the decoration – a CONVERSATION HEART TOPIARY!
STEP 1: Use leftover scraps (from previous designs) to create something new!
I am not a fan of sending leftover decorating scraps to the landfill, so I often hold on to them for future projects –
within reason, of course.. no hoarding (LOL).
This project re-purposed all of my leftover styrofoam scraps from the bunnies
Once I noticed the point in the center of this scrap piece of styrofoam,
my mind saw the bottom point of a heart (yes.. this happens quite often! LOL) and that’s where this idea began.
If you don’t have styrofoam leftovers, purchase a new piece of styrofoam (typical size: 1-7/8″ thick x 11-7/8″ wide x 35-7/8″ long)
and don’t forget your 40% – 50% off coupon before heading to the craft store.
To create a pattern, trace around (heart-shaped) decorations you already have or
free-hand draw 3 HEART patterns onto the styrofoam.
Create graduated sizes.
My hearts are: 5″, 8″ & 10″ wide and I used 2 decorations I had to create 2 of the sizes and free-hand drew the larger one.
(enlarge photo to see larger heart also)
Cut-out all 3 hearts and use a scrap piece of styrofoam (as sandpaper) to gently smooth the outside edge of your hearts.
HELPFUL HINT: I use my thin-blade, frosting spatula to cut through styrofoam because it cuts easily without being dangerous.
Repeat the process above if you plan to create 2 CONVERSATION HEART TOPIARIES.
STEP 2: Re-purposing a previous design idea!
During the holiday season, I created unique PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS SUBWAY ART,
which gave me the idea to turn these hearts into CONVERSATION HEARTS.
Using a ruler and self-adhesive alphabet stickers, I created a Valentine message on the 3 hearts…
Then, using Design Master (brand), I spray painted each heart a different pastel color, painting right over the Valentine message also.
HELPFUL HINT: Design Master is the only brand I have found that does not “melt” styrofoam.
Once they are dry, removing the self-adhesive letters leaves you with a CONVERSATION HEART message…
HELPFUL HINT: If your lettering doesn’t have a clean edge, use a small brush & white craft paint to fill in & neaten things up.
STEP 3: Connect the pieces!
To create a topiary out of the 3 pieces, use thin metal rods or wooden dowel rods (check your local hardware or DIY store for these),
inserting one between each piece (of styrofoam), and exiting the bottom center heart (for placement).
[See photo below for placement visual]
STEP 4: Create smaller accent hearts
To create this design, I did purchase a couple of inexpensive things.
The first was a 99-cent heart-shaped cookie cutter at Michael’s Crafts and
using their 50% off coupon, I also purchased a thinner (1″) sheet of styrofoam ($4.50), out of which I cut 24 – 3″ hearts.
Here’s how the process went:
HELPFUL HINT: placing a clear plate over the cookie cutter & pushing down on it will provide you with even distribution for faster cutting of the styrofoam.
Again, use a scrap piece of styrofoam to file the heart edges smooth.
Then, to match the CONVERSATION HEART TOPIARY, I painted 8 of them pink, 8 green & 8 lavender…
STEP 5: Time to put it all together….
Place a circle of styrofoam that fits the center of your planter (inside the planter) to create an area for inserting or attaching decorations.
As you can see by all the holes in mine, I have re-used it several times! 😉
After I did this, I placed both of my CONVERSATION HEART TOPIARIES in the center of each planter.
I inserted 6″ lengths of heavy-gauge floral wire into each mini heart and placed them in the center circle of styrofoam…
The only other items I purchased were two 6′ baby’s breath garlands (Joann’s, etc. Craft store – on BOGO – $12) and
using u-shaped floral pins, I added one garland to each planter to fill in between the mini hearts…
HELPFUL HINT: use either a low-melt hot glue gun or heavy-gauge floral wire and u-shaped floral picks to help you secure decorations:
STEP 6: Re-purposing an old Valentine decoration
I’ve used my red, glittery cupid twins to decorate for several previous seasons…
… and this year, I realized that if I flipped them over,
I’d gain double-duty by painting their (non-glittered) backside white and the heart pink… adding a little clear glitter to that.
Check out how my Re-purposed & Re-cycled Valentine’s Day decorations look, all-together.
By re-using decorations and ideas plus leftovers (from previous projects), all I spent was $15 to create this look.
And just imagine greeting family, friends, neighbors & visitors with sentiments like these… so nice!
AND… if you prefer to make only 1 of these CONVERSATION HEART TOPIARIES, here are two more display ideas: