My new supply of card stock came in so I can make another valentine tree and take pictures of the process. I often work that way. I make an entire project and then go back and replicate it for the camera, especially on items that I may want duplicates of for a table centerpiece. I shared this project with you a couple of days ago because I was excited and couldn't wait. Today I made the tutorial.
Before we begin please forgive my dirty hands. I am in the middle of three projects today and I have been experimenting with layers of stain. Yes my fingers are orange and covered with spray glue - but that's another project for another day.
Today is the Valentine Tree Tutorial!
I made the smaller open heart variety for this tutorial.
- Silhouette Cutting machine - (A patient crafts person could cut this out with an exacto knife by hand.)
- Heart Pattern - I made mine by duplicating hearts
- 3 sheets white card stock
- 1 sheet red card stock
- Paper glue - fast drying
- 1/8" wide satin red ribbon
- Long craft needle (6")
- Create your cutting pattern on the Silhouette using their software.
- I used 1 heart shape and replicated it for each row.
- I grouped the row, duplicated it and reduce the size.
- I built the tree by repeating that process.
- I then used the weld tool in the software to merge all the hearts together.
- I added another layer of interior hearts for cut outs.
- Cut three trees out of white card stock using the Silhouette cutting machine.
- Separate the tree from the cutting mat.
- Take 1 tree and quickly dab glue onto the tips of every heart along one side.
- Before the glue dries place a second tree cut-out on top, lining up the hearts.
- Press together and wait a little while for it to dry.
- Turn it over and lift up the top tree and again place a line of glue along the outer edge of one tree.
- Place the third tree on top of that row of glue dots.
- Allow it to dry for a few minutes.
- Separate the two tress on top and put a row of glue spots along the last seam.
- You are glueing the three trees together. If you are careful and don't bend the trees back, a graceful curve will form for each tree.
- Once the trees are together, move on to making the red decoration in the center.
- In this one I created a suspended heart.
- It is made from 3 matching hearts cut out of card stock.
- Fold all 3 hearts in half.
- Glue a length of red satin 1/8" ribbon (about 15") to the center of one of the folded hearts.
- Glue the other hearts together with the first one creating a 3-d heart hanging on a red ribbon.
- Thread the red ribbon onto the long needle and thread that up through the center of the tree.
- Tie the top off in a bow so the red heart in the center hangings about 1" up from the bottom.
Create a series in different sizes. Other variations I tried include leaving the hearts solid and hanging 1/2" red beads in the center. I like them all!
Previous Posts of Interest:
- Valentine Paper Trees
- Scandinavian Hearts
- Ideas for Valentine Cards
- Home is Where the Heart is • A Valentine Door (with Duck Tape!)
- Valentine Wreaths
- Valentine Centerpiece 2012
- Simple Valentine Centerpiece 2011
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