Friday, January 18, 2013

My Heart Has Been Framed

He was a dark and stormy knight...
I mean IT was a dark and stormy NIGHT.

The lightning flashed, the thunder crashed,
the lights went dark and out I dashed.

It wasn't was the one-armed man!

Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic.

But this fabulous Valentine art needed a proper intro...

Allow me to present...the 3D Framed Heart Art.

Start with a paper mache heart...some scrapbook paper...and a frame of your choice.

For your heart to look just right, you're going to need to cut it in half.

So, first seek out the vise from its hiding spot in the corner of the garage.

See that it's covered in icky spiderwebs,
retreat to locate your trusty garden gloves and THEN go back and get it.

Set it on your {husband's} little workbench next to the
pieces of another project that are still unfinished.

Wrap some paper around your fragile heart so as not to scuff
it up in these vicious, unforgiving jaws of death.

Sorry, more drama.

Next, choose your weapon.

Waver between the hacksaw and the coping saw.

Start with the hacksaw just because the teeth are finer,
and seem to work better on the paper,
but switch anyway when you get to the
bottom and need more height on your saw.


Make your cut slightly off center at the bottom.

Shrug and move on.

Realize when you head back inside that you never told the
blog world that you painted your garage entry door black and that you love it.

Chuckle to yourself because that was totally random!

Be a little surprised that there's actually newspaper inside.

Pick and paint your heart half in whatever fashion makes your own heart happy.

Choose the fancy frame because, well, it's fancy.

Paint over your fancy frame with a creamy color and distress lightly.

Discover your frame has a couple pieces of cardboard
behind the glass and do a little happy dance.


Because you can attach your scrapbook paper
to the cardboard so its sturdy and doesn't pull
out of the frame when you attach the heart.

Then you have to decide what part of the paper you want to use.

Go with the part that has the fun little bunting and smile.

Search {in vain} for your spray adhesive,
shake your head and wonder why SUCH an organized person can't find stuff.

Give up and hot glue your paper to the cardboard.

Put your frame back together, placing the glass somewhere
behind the piece of papered cardboard.

Attach the heart to the front with hot glue.

Ta da!

Decide it still needs a little something...

Add a key cut out when you are unable to locate the
old rusty key you KNOW you have somewhere.

Remember the incident with the spray adhesive
and vow to change your disorganized ways. and pineapples.

I don't's the first thing that popped into my head.

What do you do with the rest of that awesome scrapbook paper?

Put it in an Ikea frame that's been waiting around for another project!

There you have it...
your {almost} step-by-step guide to framing your heart.

I LOVE it and I hope you do, too!

I've got a couple other Valentine things to post...
and we're starting to work on some of our bigger projects.

I can't wait to show them to you!

Have a great weekend!
{I'll stop yelling now...}


  1. Oh...this is so cute! Did you make the paper mache heart, too? I love the frame! Well done, funny girl! :)


  2. It's wonderful! I so like how it is 3-D and pops out of the frame! Awesome! You have some great skills girl!!

  3. What a beautiful piece! I love what you did, love the heart and the whole picture! Great idea!!!

  4. Lovely! I love the 3d heart.

    T'onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  5. What an adorable framed heart! Looks like it was LOT of work!
    Good for you!

    hugs x

  6. Loveley! framed heart, nice idea!

  7. I got to your site from Debbydoos. So cute! I just bought some of these hearts yesterday. Glad you didn't cut your fingers! Yikes! :-)

    Laura at

  8. L-O-V-E this!! Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning :) the way, I adore your door ;) All sorts of cuteness in this post!! :D

    ~ Brenda

  9. what a great project :) cute ideas for sure. stopping in from mop it up and following!

  10. That is precious! I adore this project and I thank you for sharing.

  11. I love this project! Great idea sawing that in half! You have a good blog and I'm happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more! Stop by and visit sometime!

  12. I love the intro and the beautiful framed heart! Thanks for the tut!

  13. Gorgeous! What a great idea and I love the paper you used! Thanks for visiting my blog today :) I'll be coming back to yours for sure!

  14. wow perfect for Valentine's day decoration! Love it!

    :) Liz @

  15. LOL! I love how you add in real life steps! That's more like how I would work too!

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