Beautiful Vintage Inspired Cookies

Its Valentines Day tomorrow and if I was sending a special someone a gift I’d send these.

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The Cookies are made by the Queen of Hearts Cookie Company. They are homemade and each individual cookie is then decorated by hand in some truly exquisite designs.

I was so lucky to be sent a large box of cookies to try.

Every single small detail has been thoroughly thought out, from the packaging and presentation in which your cookies arrive in, to the actual design of each cookie.

Mine arrived securely packaged to avoid breakages. Within the packaging I discovered a pretty purple box sealed with pretty decorative lace tape.

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Inside the box within a covering of tissue paper I found 13 of the most prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen. The sheer prettiness of these made me want to display them on pretty vintage china plates laid out on a country table with strict instructions that these are just for show and no one must eat them! Of course that could never happen in my house not with 3 cookie monsters on the prowl.

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Our cookies came in a mixture of shapes and sizes. Within our box there were 4 large hearts, 2 circular flower cookies and 7 small hearts.

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The colour pallet chosen is one perfect for the occasion of Valentines.

The small red hearts are stunning with the little gold cherub design, making them truly unique to any other design of cookie I’m yet to see.

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I love the black and white flowers that have been so delicately iced and then finished with pretty gold edible beads.

The large hearts below have been covered in a thick layer of black icing making the beautifully piped white lace stand out brilliantly.

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The remaining small hearts feature a delicate flower that acts like a corsage for the heart… Very pretty on the eye.

The cookies taste wonderful. They are flavoured with vanilla and are of a wonderful texture.

The Queen of Hearts Cookie Company is ran by Sarah a very talented mother from Lancashire who is passionate about her cookie designs.

It all started with her idea to create her own mother some cookies for Mother’s Day, cookies that were inspired by the vintage china that dressed the tables at her summer wedding.

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There are some beautiful cookie designs over on the Queen of Hearts website and it seems there is no design to difficult for this company to achieve. These are true designer cookies that have even been created for celebs. If your looking for cookies for any occasion, whether it be Valentines, birthdays, tea parties or a wedding, then I’d highly recommend you check them out!

Gluten Free diet? Just contact the Queen of Hearts and they will make your cookies Gluten Free.

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I know what I’ll be ordering my mum for Mothers Day this year!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post! I was not paid for writing it but did receive a beautiful box of cookies free of charge in order to share my own honest opinion.

COAST – Dress To Impress This Valentines Day

I’ve had my fair share of fashion mishaps, especially on dates.

I remember being around 14 years old when I went on my first real date to the cinema. I really don’t know what I was thinking turning up in a Geri Halliwell Union Jack replica. I knew the moment I left my front door that I should go back and change. But being a teenager with a strict curfew I just went on my way. Looking back, the lads face was a picture and given we are still together 16 years old secretly think he loved my Union Jack dress.

Below Geri In the real thing… Mine wasn’t that short

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Determined not to make the same mistakes at 30, I’m instead checking out the much classier dresses over at Coast.

Here’s whats I’ve fallen for this Valentines Day….

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I love everything about this beautiful dress, from the classic cut to the beautiful lace. For once I haven’t gone for black, but instead a beautiful midnight blue.

This is the perfect little dress to woo this Valentines day. The lace is very girly giving it a pretty vintage feel.

Yes… I’m totally head over heels in love with it.

TORICELLA LACE DRESS

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The shoes are to die for! I’m a real shoe kinda girl and these beauties would be a welcomed addition to my collection.

Teamed with my beautiful midnight blue dress, these pretty cream and gold satin heels would look amazing. I love the beautiful gold detail around the toe, making them an interesting statement piece. And can you believe I even found the bag to match! A very cute clutch to keep my lipstick in for when its time to pucker up.

KOCO BAG & KOCO SHOES

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As its Valentines Day in the UK for me, I’m going well prepared and this beautiful blue coat would work perfectly. Yes… Its almost as stunning as my dress!

KYA COAT

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Now, I’ve decided that I’d like to keep the dress as the main statement as its just to stunning to retract from. So, no necklace for me! Instead I’ve just gone for these sparkly blue earrings to finish off my Valentines Look.

SAFFIA EARRINGS

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This is my entry into the COAST blogger competition- My Valentines Look

Tutorial – Pretty Lace Winter Jar Lanterns

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These pretty lace and glitter jar lanterns are perfect for winter and look amazing. They make a great gift idea for any occasion including valentines day which is just days away.

Materials…

Choose a jar (I’m using empty Yankee candle jars)

Mod Podge

Ultra Fine Blue Glitter

Baby blue strip of lace (enough to tie a drooping bow around the neck of jar)

Blue pretty Heart Sticker (from 99p store comes within a packet of room stickers and found in their crafts section)

Tools…

A couple of paint brushes
Plastic cup or pot for mixing mod podge and glitter.

These are so easy yet the finished piece is stunning, perfectly suited to the winter season. They look pretty on a dresser or on a fire place and have this pretty vintage feel to them.

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First mix some Mod Podge with your ultra fine blue glitter. You do need to add quite a bit of glitter. The mixture will not sparkle, but instead look very matt. Don’t worry at this stage it won’t sparkle… That’s where the magic of Mod Podge comes in.

Now take a clean brush and apply the mixture to the entire inner area of your jar… EVERYWHERE!

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Apply using different strokes both in thickness and direction.

Once done leave to dry over night. The mixture takes longer to dry because of the glitter and thickness you applied it.

You will know when its starting to dry as the blue/white mixture starts to disappear. The magic of mod podge has then began to work.

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By morning or sooner (dependent on when you created your piece) the mixture should now be clear leaving behind a crystallised, icy effect . The different thicknesses and strokes are still visible only in a glittering frosty looking sense.

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Now transfer your blue heart to the centre of your jar, pressing firmly avoiding air bubbles.

Lastly tie your pretty lace around the neck of your jar creating a droopy dangling bow, to give it that vintage feel.

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And here it is…

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You can use different colour glitter too. I’m currently making a pink one that I’m decorating with ivory lace as opposed to the blue lace. I will also use a different room sticker though this is from the same pack as before.

Easy peasy … Super cute.

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Decopatched Valentines Gifts Made With Mod Podge

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As some of you who visit the blog may have already guessed, this girl loves hearts, and what with it coming up to valentines day, its the perfect excuse to get crafty with hearts. Today I’ve decided to make some pretty sweetie jars with matching heart magnets.

The Jar is one I’ve had ready to decorate for some time. I brought a few of them on a bric a brac stall at a bootfair last year.

The hearts are made of paper mâché and already have the magnets attached. They are of a good size and once papered, look amazing on the fridge or a magnetic notice board. These can be brought from Hobbycraft and are available both in store and online.

So for this project I used 2 large heart magnets and 1 jar. (Pairing a jar with a magnet to make a gift set)

Both the gift set and Individual magnet have been decorated differently but were both extremely simple to create.

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The first Tutorial is for my Retro Heart Magnet and Jar Gift Set.

You will need…

Medium size jar (the type with a glass stopper lid)

Large sized paper mâché heart magnet (Hobbycraft)

Funky heart Decopatch paper (Hobbycraft)

Ultra fine baby blue glitter

Mod podge (Gloss)

Thick – Satin blue ribbon (Baker Ross)

Bright red ribbon (Thin)

Dark red ribbon (medium thickness)

1 Red & 1 blue self adhesive button (baker Ross)

White acrylic Paint

Sweets or other items to fill jar

Tools…

Craft Knife
Scissors
3 Paint brushes (painting, mod podge, glitter)
Small sponge (to wipe excess mod podge)
Ruler
Pencil

First the heart magnet….

1) Give your heart magnet 2 coats of white acrylic paint as abase. Allow to dry in between coats and be careful not to get any paint on the actual magnet as it may affect how magnetic it is.

2) Take a sheet of your Decopatch paper (comes in a packet of three) and cut in half using a craft knife and ruler fir support. Place one piece aside for your jar. Now with a craft knife and ruler cut paper into squares so that you can easily piece them back together like a jigsaw.

3) With Mod Podge or Decopatch glossy glue get Decopatching. I’ve explain the art of using Decopatch to decorate almost any object or surface in numerous post here before. So, without going into to much detail I’ll explain in brief… Basically cover the heart in mod podge, lay the paper onto the heart and apply another layer of glue over the top. For this project you will want the pattern to be perfect (not all mix match) So join the paper together to form the pattern (like wallpapering).
Tips… Only apply the glue to the area you wish to cover, instead gluing each section as you go therefore avoiding any areas starting to dry and becoming tacky.

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If you have small areas in need of covering, then patch them up with small strips of paper.

Now leave to dry.

Note. Decopatch Glossy Glue & Mod Podge (gloss) can both be used as a glue sealer and finish. Both glues dry clear and are both easy to use. I’m using mod podge as its much faster when drying.

4) Once dry add another layer of mod podge and leave it for around 20 minutes to dry.

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5) Once dry take the dark red ribbon and run it around the sides of your heart starting at the tip. Cut any excess ribbon and then use the mod podge to add the ribbon to the sides of the heart adding a layer of mod podge over the top of the ribbon too.

Leave to dry for 20 minutes or so.

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6) Once dry stick your self adhesive buttons to the front of your heart like so. Now place to one side.

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Now for the jar….

7) Bring forward your other half of Decopatch paper and wrap it around your jar. Start around 5 centimetres down from the neck of your jar so that the paper stops 3/4 of the way up leaving a small area unpapered. Only once you are sure its right add mod podge directly to the jar applying the paper as you go. (Apply the paper as a whole by rotating the glass, gluing and papering as you go). You will notice that you have a little excess paper at the bottom of your jar. Don’t worry! This will be removed soon. Now, add a top layer of mod podge over the top of the paper (ignoring the excess paper) and leave to dry for 20 minutes. Once dry add another top layer of mod podge and sit to dry for the same amount of time as before.

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8) Once your jar is papered and the mod podge is dry the paper will be stronger and look very glossy. Now use you scissors to remove any excess paper from the bottom of the jar as to tidy it up.

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9) apply mod podge around the top section of paper like a boarder. It only needs to be as thick as your thin red ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the top of the paper and wipe any excess mod podge quickly with a sponge, to avoid it drying. Now apply mod podge over the top of the ribbon again wiping away excess as you go. Leave to dry for around 15 minutes.

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10) Now mix some mod podge with lots of the baby blue glitter. Apply this to the inner section of the jar that is still visible. Also apply some around the neck and top rim of your jar. The mod podge will dry clear leaving a crystallised glittery effect. Drying time is longer as the glue is thicker and no paper is applied. Mine took a few hours to dry fully.

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11) once dry tie your blue ribbon around the neck of the jar into a pretty bow.

Dried Mod Podge Mixture

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12) for the top section of the lid, place the lid face down on some heart Decopatch paper and with a pencil lightly draw around it. Once done carefully cut out the circle with a craft knife. Decopatch your cut out circle to the top of the jar again adding two top layers of mod podge to the top of the paper. Leave to dry for 20 minutes.

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13) Fill with Sweets or anything else you like (tea lights, makeup, pamper goodies, cookies) and fit lid.

Now just use some pretty tissue paper to wrap your heart and jar, place in a pretty gift bag ready to give as a gift.

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Fabric Flower Power Heart Magnet

You will need…

1 Large paper mâché heart magnet (Hobbycraft)

Some funky flower fabric (enough to cover heart) Mine is from eBay

Medium thick orange ribbon (Baker Ross)

3 Self adhesive buttons that coordinate with your fabric (I used red, yellow, baby blue) from Baker Ross

White acrylic paint

Mod podge

Tools…
2 brushes (for paint and mod podge)
Scissors
Craft Knife
Ruler

1) Paint heart in white paint as before.

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2) use a ruler and craft knife to cut fabric into two pieces one 3/4 in size and the other 1/4 in size. Use ruler to support fabric as you cut. Remove any frying.

3) cover 3/4 of your heart in mod podge placing the 3/4 piece of fabric on top at an angle so that only a 1/4 of the heart is left to cover. If fabric comes over the edges trim or just stick down as I have done. Add mod podge to both the heart and the top layer of fabric just as we did the decopatch paper.

4) Mod podge other 1/4 of heart and add the other half piece of fabric joining the pattern. Again add a coat of mod podge to the top layer of fabric working in the same way as the first piece. Leave to dry for around 20-30 minutes.

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5) Once dry add the ribbon to the sides of the heart as we did for our retro patterned heart above. Leave to dry for 10-15 minutes.

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6) Now stick on your three buttons like so and you’re heart magnet is set to go.

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So… There you have it. Some fantastic Valentines handcrafted inspiration.

Have you made anything for Valentines Day?

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Tutorial – Handmade Sweets for Valentines Day

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Its fun to make your own sweets, especially with the children.

My toddler had equally as much fun making these with me as he did eating them.

I’ve included 3 types of sweets that we made, each very easy make.

All would be greatly appreciated by anyone this Valentines day.

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Chocolate Dipped Peppermints

Ingredients…

200g Icing Sugar
1 Egg White
Plain or Milk Chocolate
Peppermint Flavouring
Green Food Colouring

Equipment…

Foil
Mini Sweet Cases
Mixing Bowl
Bowl (to melt chocolate)
Knife
Board
Tray/Plate
Spoon (for mixing)
Microwave (optional)

1: Add around 100g of your icing sugar to the mixing bowl, followed by one egg white, 5 drops of peppermint flavouring and 10 drops of green food colouring. Mix together well.

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2: slowly add the remaining icing sugar to the mixture and keep stirring until you see the wetness/stickiness disappearing. The mixture should be thickening up into a dough like consistency that you are able to knead into a smooth ball. You may not require the whole 100g of icing sugar you have remaining or you may need to add a little extra.

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3: Now make your mixture into a log shape and cut into disks. If you want the sweets smaller you can break each disk in half, roll into 2 smooth balls and slightly flatten with your thumb.

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4: Now break up your chocolate and add to a non metallic bowl. Melt your chocolate in the microwave for around 30 seconds (adjust the timings if your chocolate is very hard or unrefrigerated). If you don’t have a microwave, then place your bowl in a pan of boiled water and stir till melted.

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5: Lay down some foil on a board. Take each peppermint disk and half dip it into the melted chocolate. Lay it down on the foil.

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6: Once all are done, cover a plate in a new sheet of foil and transfer your disks to the plate. Place the plate in the fridge for an hour.

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7: Once your disks are set transfer them to your mini sweet cases. They will be firm but still mouldable so squash & mould a little if they don’t fit.

8: Place back in the fridge for 20 minutes and they are then ready to eat.

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For gifts place Peppermints directly into a jar, place cases in a cute homemade box or bag them up with pretty heart cellophane bags tied with ribbon

Chocolate & Coconut Cherries

Ingredients…

Tube of Glacé Cherries
Packet of Grated Coconut
Bar Of Plain or Milk Chocolate

Tools…
Mini Heart Foil Sweet Cases
2x Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Cocktail Sticks or Fork
Microwave (optional)

1: Add some coconut to a bowl

2: Add Chocolate to a bowl & melt the chocolate as I did above.

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3: I used my meat fork as didn’t have any cocktail sticks. First pick up your cherry with your stick, roll it in the chocolate and then the coconut.

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4: Gently remove from stick and place in your heart foil case.

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5: Do the same for all your cherries and then pop them in the fridge for an hour.

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Chocolate Coconut Hearts

Ingredients…

Plain or Milk Chocolate
Coconut

Equipment….
Bowl to melt chocolate
Mini foil heart cases
Microwave (optional)
Spoon to mix chocolate

1: Melt chocolate as above.

2: Add coconut to the melted chocolate and mix well.

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3: Spoon mixture into heart foil cases.

4: Sprinkle with coconut.

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5: Place in the fridge for 1 hour.

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Candy Filled Champagne Flutes – Perfect Valentines Gift Idea

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These candy filled Champagne flutes are a really cute valentines gift idea and really easy to create.

I brought my plastic red champagne flutes in a pack of two from the 99p store. I also got my Swiggels Matlow Love Heart sweets here too.

All you need is…

2 plastic fancy champagne flutes
Swiggels Matlow Love Heart Sweeties
Paint or paint pens
Stick on gems
Cellophane heart bags from Hobbycraft
Red Ribbon
Red wire tie (comes with heart bags)
Selection of papers (any size, scraps will do)
Red sequins

Tools…
Small heart craft punch

So here’s how to make these cute love heart candy filled champagne flutes.

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1: Use your paint or paint pens to decorate your champagne flutes. I used a red paint pen to add some pretty hearts. I painted my hearts in a way that gave the illusion that they were spiralling around the glass, descending in size.

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2: Leave your flute to dry. Depending on what paint is used the time it will take will vary. Mine was fully dry within a few hours.

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3: Add some sparkle to your champagne flute with some self adhesive gems. I used small black gems, placing them in the centre of each heart (except for the smallest hearts at the end of my spiral).

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4: Place your champagne flute to one side and bring forward your papers and heart punch. Use the punch to punch out lots of little hearts.

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5: Now along with some red sequins add some of your punched hearts into the bottom of the champagne flute. Now add some love heart sweeties followed by more hearts and sequins. Repeat in till the flute is full.Tip… Make sure some of your heart sweets are facing towards the glass so the words on the heart can be seen, adding to the effect.

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6: Now carefully pop your champagne flute into the cellophane bag and crunch it in the middle, using your wire tie to secure. Now cover the plastic wire tie with the pretty red ribbon.

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Now give the champagne flute to someone special .

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Remember the bag acts as a pretty cover for your champagne flute, but doesn’t seal the flute and its contents shut. If sending this to a loved one then cover in pretty tissue paper and box in a bottle gift box before sending.

Resources
Website for Swiggels Matlow
Website For 99p Store
Website for Hobbycraft

Shabby Chic Wire Beaded Hearts For Valentines Day

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We are currently in the process of decorating my daughters bedroom and even though its nowhere near finished I’ve already started making those finishing touches.

Myself and daughter sat down together and made this very sweet metal beaded heart that she plans to hang above her bed. Its very shabby chic and has been created using different beads, buttons, ribbon and more.

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Here’s a round up of the items we used to create our heart and what you’ll need to create one of your very own.

Memory wire
Selection of beads
Selection of sequins
Selection of buttons
Wired gingham red and white ribbon
Selection of ribbon ( 3 colours)
Thin craft wire
2x mini craft pegs
Red string

Tools
Pair of wire cutters or sharp scissors
Extra strong glue dots.

Step 1 Choose your beads buttons and ribbon. Cut enough wire to make a medium sized hanging heart and bend in half so you have the point of your heart and two equal size sides. start treading on the different items. Really mix things up. Big buttons and small beads in no particular order look great.

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2. Thread different items on each side of the wire but make sure one side isn’t more heavy than the other. Shape your heart as you go.

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3. Bead just a little over half way on each side. Then take some more wire and wrap it around the remaining memory wire to make the top of your heart stronger.

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4. Now join the two ends together by twisting them therefore making the top of your heart shape.

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5. Wrap some thin ribbon around the exposed wire and tie into a knot. This will cover shape pieces of wire if there is any.

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6. Now cover that ribbon with thick wired gingham red ribbon securing with an extra strong glue dot. This wired ribbon will make the top of your heart extra strong and very shabby looking.

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7. Randomly add different pieces of ribbon to your heart, tying them in random areas and leaving them to dangle down from your heart.

8. Hang more buttons or beads to the heart by attaching them with the thinner craft wire.

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9. Tie a bow at the top of your heart with some ribbon, adding some buttons to the middle with thin craft wire.

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10. Now, cut some red string (I got mine from Ikea) and attach to the top of your heart with your two little wooden craft pegs.

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Its now ready to hang.

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These are great and there are so many designs you could make either by adding different items or even creating different shapes with your memory wire.

These would also make great little valentines gifts and are suitable for older children to make alone.

For bigger hearts with heavier embellishments use florist wire. This is strong but still easy to shape.