This year I thought that a Valentine’s Day Heart Tree would look perfect in the foyer of our house.  I have an antique vanity that I use as a decoration centerpiece for other holidays, like Christmas, and I thought that it needed a little oomph to spice it up for Valentine’s.  I’ve never done any Valentine’s decor in there.  Yesterday I showed you the Vinyl and Pain Heart Canvases that I made for the small wooden shelves on the vanity.  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a cute, quick heart tree using some felt stickers that I found at the $1 bin at Target, and some baker’s twine from Pick Your Plum

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart Tree

I think that most crafters will tell you that the $1 bins have a lot of exciting treasures for potential projects and crafts.  Usually, I look more than shop, but their Valentine’s Day selection was quite impressive this year, and I found the red tin with a heart on the front, and the felt stickers.  There were 10 stickers in the package.  I also found that you can buy a larger package of the same stickers at Michael’s for $2.99.  I think that package had 30 stickers, so it’s about the same price per sticker.

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart Tree

Now the first thing I did was send the the Big One out into the yard to find some nice branches.  He seemed to enjoy the process of the hunt, and brought me a large selection to choose from.  Or rather, he brought me large branches that I needed to trim.  Once I trimmed them into shape, I got out my white spray paint and painted the branches.  Actually, this was a bit challenging.  I didn’t realize how difficult thin branches would be to paint, but I didn’t worry about getting perfect.  You’ll notice that a bit of the grey branch color is still showing through.  I rather liked the rustic look.

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart TreeI matched up the felt stickers in pairs, and placed a bit of red and white baker’s twine on the back of a felt sticker, and then stuck its match on top.  I then measured out a length of 8 inches or so of twine.  I repeated this step until I had all of the stickers paired together with the twine between them.

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart Tree

Next, I took a floral foam cone and cut it down until it fit securely in the tin.  I used a kitchen knife to take off half inch rings until I got it to just the right width to fit into the bottom of the tin.  Remember to go slowly, as you can’t correct if you trim off too much.  Once it fit into the tin, I positioned the branches in the foam, and made sure that the “tree” was stable.  It was quite stable, so the next step was to attach the hearts and trim the excess twine.

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart TreeI didn’t knot the twine or trim the excess until I played with all of the hearts, and got them positioned just as I wanted.  Then I moved the entire tree into the foyer and made sure that I liked the position of all the hearts.  I found that I needed to move a few of the hearts when it got into place on the vanity in the foyer.  Once I was completely happy with the results, I knotted the twine and trimmed the excess.  Here’s what the final tree and heart canvases look like in the foyer:

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart Tree

Here’s a close up of the tree.  I’m so happy with how it all turned out:

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Heart Tree

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