I also love reusing things that ordinarily would have been tossed away without much thought--there is something uniquely satisfying about a re-purposed craft. So...here is one of my own creations to enjoy during your routine blog browsing. And if you like it...maybe you can find the time to do it for your own home.
Valentine patterned paper (from the $1 section at Target)
metal wire (the thicker the better)
empty cardboard ribbon spools (I had been saving these for months, I knew I would find a good use for them!)
hot glue gun
a bit of ribbon
Start by tracing your ribbon spools on the patterned paper and cutting out the circles to cover the them. These are going to become the bases to your little floating hearts. Then cut out various sized hearts from the patterned paper. You should end up with a nice collection like this one.
Before gluing the paper to the spools, make sure that there are holes in the middle--I had some larger spools with holes, and other smaller ones without. So I just used my sturdy kitchen scissors to poke hoels on both sides. This is to make it easier to insert the wire in a few minutes.
Then use the hole on the bottom of the base to insert a good squirt of hot glue. Hold the wire in place against the bottom until it has cooled and hardened. This should ensure a nice solid base.
What do you think?
I also made several with two hearts--I liked these better because I think it is easier to make the wire attach firmly in the base.
And here is what it looks like finished. Yay!
One more step that I still need to do...hence there are no pictures here...is to add ribbon! Yes, wrap a little ribbon around those spools where it was once before, and then your project is complete!
You can now add a little love around your picture frames...
On your mantel...
Or anywhere else where you want people to "feel the love."
This could be done with so many other things--four leaf clovers for St. Patrick's day--little bunnies and duckies for Easer--stars for the Fourth of July--just save up those ribbon spools until you have enough to decorate!