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DIY Valentine’s Day wooden heart décor

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12 Feb 2013

If you’re planning a romantic dinner with your loved one this Valentine’s Day, go that extra mile and make the décor yourself. 

Wooden hearts can be bought at any décor, design and craft store at R20 to R30 each and brass screws at any general hardware store at R0.60 to R1.

Maciek Dubla, Plason’s public relations manager, says dipped wooden hearts are what you need to add that extra atmosphere of love. 

He says the best gifts are the ones we make ourselves, and this heart project also works as a stand-alone gift for your sweetheart or your mother-in-law. 

Dubla shares a step-by-step guide on how to dip wooden hearts for Valentine’s Day... 

What you need

Wooden hearts

Small brass screw loops

Ribbon

Cut 20 to 30cm of ribbon or enough to hang the heart and thread it through the loop and knot it at the end.

Three different colours of paint

Newspaper 

If you’re making more than one heart, start a production line so that you can start on another heart while the other/s dry. 

What to do

Step 1

Take the brass loop screw and screw it into the top centre of the heart until firmly in place. 

Step 2

Cut 20 to 30cm of ribbon or enough to hang the heart and thread it through the loop and knot it at the end. 

Step 3

Before you start the dipping process, lay down some newspaper to avoid any spillage. 

Once you’ve chosen the colours you want for the project, keep the ribbon wound around your hand and dip the heart into your first colour. Your first coat needs to cover a large portion of the heart, so keep this in mind while you’re working. 

Once you’ve done the final layer, hang the heart up and leave it to dry, preferably in a warm place for about an hour.

Hold the heart in the paint for about 10 seconds then slowly lift it out, allowing any excess paint to drip back into the paint can. 

Hold the heart over the newspaper to catch any final drops. 

Step 4

Hang the heart from a tree or a post and leave it to dry - placing the newspaper under your project in case any excess paint starts to drip. 

Ten minutes is all it takes to get the heart dry, so after the time has lapsed you can move onto your second colour. 

Step 5

For the next two layers, follow steps 3 and 4. The second layer should start well below the first and the third well below the second. 

Always allow for drying time in between the layers so that they don’t blend into each other. 

If you want to paint more than one heart, don’t be afraid to play around with different designs, patterns and colours.

Once you’ve done the final layer, hang the heart up and leave it to dry, preferably in a warm place for about an hour. 

Paint tip 

While you work keep the paints closed until you need to use them. 

If opened too early, a skin will form on the top of the paint. To remove this, simply use a rod or utensil to lift the skin out of the paint. 

Remember to stir the paint before doing any dipping. 

Décor tip

If you want to paint more than one heart, don’t be afraid to play around  a bit with different designs, patterns and colours. 

While only three colours were used with this project, feel free to use four, five or as many as you like.

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