DIY Spring Decor Heart

 

These DIY spring decor heart twig hearts are easy to make with some basic free and inexpensive materials. Each one is unique and they look great on the mantel, a shelf, counter or wall. Made with some twigs, wire, hot glue and spray paint they are perfect for spring and Valentine’s day décor!

Mother Nature provides us with a lot of natural and free crafting materials so we might as well make good use of it all. This nature craft uses minimal readily available supplies and is good for adults and older kids who can handle a hot glue gun safely or with supervision.

SUPPLIES FOR TWIG HEART

GARDEN TRIMMERS

Any clippers will do but these are my dream clippers from Lee Valley here

TWIGS

Again any type of twigs will do as long as they are green wood! This means they have some life in them still and won’t break in two when you bend them. I have trimmed up and used the suckers from the crabapple trees, willow branches and even poplars.

CRAFT WIRE, FLORAL WIRE OR TWIST TIES

If you want to hang this pretty heart outside I suggest using wire on all of the connections, as hot glue will not stand up to the elements.

HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS

My mini glue glue gun does the trick.

BLOW DRYER

Most ordinary blowdryers get hot enough to use on high heat to get rid of any hot glue webs.

PAINT

Spray paint is fast but acrylic paint and a brush works too. (Optional!)

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO DIY YOUR HEART

STEP 1 – ENJOY NATURE

Get out there and take a walk! Enjoy nature while you use your trimmers and a basket or box to gather up some twigs. You will want thinner twigs for this project about the thickness of a pencil or thinner. Lot’s of branching twigs is good too!

STEP 2 – FORMING THE HEART OUTLINE

Grab two of the bigger longer branches and hold them at the thick ends. Wrap wire around them and make sure they are secure. Spread the tops apart where connected with wire to create the bottom point of the heart.

With the twigs laid out on a flat surface, first bend the right twig towards the middle and secure with wire on the left side.

Move the left and right sides together until it forms a nice heart shape and then use wire to secure the centre where the two twigs meet. You want to wire these in place as they will be under a bit of tension and holding your heart shape.

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