First the finished results.....
I worked with the paper ribbon heart concept with one big difference. I substituted duct tape for the ribbon to provide a weatherproof alternative because this is installed on the outside of our main door.
You can see the Scandinavian influence in the choice of color - red with natural wood - and the simple heart shape. I didn't start thinking Nordic but the genes show through. The design also is finished on the back as well as the front so it works on our full-light door. Here is a view inside looking out.
To Make One yourself..........
Valentine Heart Door Decor Tutorial
- Red 2" wide Duct Tape
- 24 3/4" wooden beads - Natural
- 3 yards 1/8" satin ribbon
- 5 minute epoxy
- Desk Stapler
- large needle
- Cut the duct tape into lengths for the hearts.
- The top heart is made up of 4 lengths, 18", 16", 14", 12".
- Cut each to length and then fold the sides into the middle on the back from both directions. This covers all the sticky backing.
- Fold each length in half.
- Stack the strips together lining up the center fold.
- Place the longest one in the center, then each shorter one on the outside.
- Make sure the folds are lined up and then stable all layers together about 1/2" each up from the center fold.
- Take the two outer most layers and curve them down forming the first inner heart and hold.
- Repeat with the other layers being sure to line up the bottom edges.
- Staple the bottom of all the strips together again about 1/2" up from the bottom.
- This will form your heart cluster.
- Repeat for each heart. My design had each heart a little smaller than the one above it. This can vary.
- 2nd heart has 3 layers 16", 14", 12"
- 3rd Heart has 3 layers - 14", 12", 10"
- 4th (bottom) heart has 3 layers - 12", 10", 8"
- After all heart clusters are complete, thread them together along with the wooden balls. The pattern can vary.
- Thread a large needle with 1/8" red satin ribbon. Use a piece about 3 yards long because you will thread up through all the hearts, make a big loop at the top for hanging and thread it back down again. I estimated based on my door size.
- Starting at the bottom, thread the needle right between the layers up into the center of the smallest heart.
- You may need pliers to help pull it through.
- Thread through two beads in the smallest heart (3 beads in the next, 4 and then 5 in the largest)
- Thread the needle out through the center of the top of the heart, add two beads between hearts and thread the next heart.
My pattern was 2 beads between each heart.
- After threading through all of the hearts going up, I made a big loop at the top and threaded through all the hearts and beads again coming down.
- At the bottom I left the two tails and threaded on 4 beads, 2 on each tail, and put a knot with a dab of epoxy below them to hold them in place.
The finished result is a Valentine door hanging that isn't too frilly. My kind of Valentine!
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