Valentine Project No. 2 has a history.
It began with this heart-shaped box that I made two years ago and then gave away in a swap. As soon as I put it in the mail, I missed it and vowed to make one for myself.
Which, like so much in my life, hasn't happened.
But finally, I've made something that incorporates that wonderful valentine kid and some sheet music into another languishing project that also began two years ago.
That was when I bought four paper mache hearts to hang from a four-cornered light fixture that is in my foyer. The fixture has become a big part of my holiday decorating. I like to drape garland from it, using tinsel for Christmas and black and orange festooning at Halloween. I love the look so much that I didn't want to take down the tinsel after Christmas and decided to hang something from the light's four points that said Valentine's Day.
So, I came up with these ornaments, which were pretty easy to make. Here are the steps:
1. Paint the hearts red. Actually, I did this two years ago.
2. Trace the heart shape onto some old sheet music and glue the music to either side of the paper mache hearts. You'll need eight music sheet hearts for the four ornaments.
3. Print an image for the heart's center on card stock. I found these cute Valentine kids on a blog, where they had been posted for craft use, but of course that was two years ago and I can't remember which blog. But after a little searching, I turned up the red kid at this site and the white one here. They're both copyright-free.
4. Glitter the edges of the hearts with the fine Martha glitter, then add bigger, bolder (and much cheaper) glitter to the sides of the hearts.
5. Glue small pieces of craft foam to the back of the kids to make them "pop" off the hearts.
6. Glue the kids to the hearts, the red kid on one side and the white kid on the other.
7. Hang them from the light fixture and be pleased that you've finally completed a project.
You can be sure that I won't be giving these away. Not even to my valentine.