As you can see from my blog name, I am a sucker for pretty much any craft. I love trying new things and am adding to my 'to do someday' list daily. I love to create things for my home and doing so inexpensively is a fun challenge for me. Today I am going to show you how to make a mosaic-like valentine decoration with items from the dollar store and target dollar spot! And don't worry it's super easy, and super cute!
I'm going to show you how to take this...
and turn it into this...
I am so happy with the results! And the best part is that it only cost $3!!
I got my inspiration while sitting waiting for my daughter at the dentist. I saw a picture of a project in Family Fun Magazine.
Instead of colored beads I used scrapbook paper behind each bead to give them some color. And I had planned to fill in the negative space around the heart with plain glass beads but preferred this look better. That's why I say it's mosaic-like :-)
My color choices were based on my already existing decor and my love of all things aqua :-) I don't think you always have to go traditional when it comes to holiday decorating or any decorating for that matter. You want to love what you put in your home. So if you love neon orange and chartreuse I say go for it!!
Okay I've told you the why now for the how:
- picture frame (I used a 5X7)
- glass beads
- scrapbook paper
- hole punch or something small and round like a penny to trace around.
- tacky glue
- craft paint
- 2 screw eyes
- hot glue
Step 4: Remove backing and glass from picture frame. Paint frame whatever color you'd like. I used three different colors on my frame. I went over it first with two coats of white. Then I painted over that with a metallic pearl white. Once that was dry I dry brushed the aqua all over.
Step 5: Start gluing beads to glass from the picture frame.
If you do it the way I did just make sure to suspend your frame while the glue dries so that the glass is flush in the frame.
Mmmm...homemade hummus. Oh. Sorry. ;-)
Step 7: Take your screw eyes and screw them into the top corners of your frame.
Step 8: Attach ribbon by tying to each screw eye.
Step 9: Hang up and enjoy!
Another option is to back it with some fabric. I had a scrap of burlap so I used that. I didn't want anything that would take away from the heart.
You could still hang it up...
Or display it on a table...
If you go the fabric route then you could skip step 6 and just use the back that came along with the frame to secure the fabric.
I really had fun with this project! There are so many possibilities not only for Valentine's Day but other holidays and everyday decor as well. I think this heart could stay up year round since it isn't very commercial looking, which I am not big on anyway. I prefer understated but festive. I hope this has inspired you to make your own glass bead mosaics!
Thanks again for having me! And if you would like to see more crafts like this (and then some) please stop by my blog and be sure to say hello!
This is such an adorable idea. I especially like how it looks hanging in the window. So pretty! And such a simple and inexpensive project. Andi makes all kinds of great stuff over at Jane of All Crafts. She recently made this sweet mini Valentine topiary that I just love. Andi, thank you so much for guest posting and sharing your glass bead mosaic with us today!