Last Sunday I had the honor of co-hosting a bridal shower for my sweet sister. It was so much fun and my co-hostesses, my mother and my sister’s very best friend, were fabulous! I’m just thrilled for my sister and am so excited to be a part of her big day.
She has always loved all things purple so it completely made sense when she decided to go with a purple and silver theme for her wedding. Which of course meant purple and silver everything for the shower. Since I’m a DIYer I volunteered to make some of the decorations. Most of it was pretty straightforward but when I started going over the list of decorations I realized there was not a single heart-shaped decoration in the bunch. Uh…that wouldn’t work. I mean, it was for a wedding shower!! Had. Ta have. Some hearts.
So I hopped on Pinterest for some ideas and came across the most adorable heart shaped garland. But when I clicked through to get the tutorial I realized it was an Etsy listing which meant no tutorial. And it was for garland.Which I already had. Meh. But it did inspire an idea. I decided to go ahead and make some paper hearts even though I didn’t know what I would do with them. Then I had a little brain-storming session with a friend and she suggested putting them in little pots. Perfect, right?!
This is what you’ll need to make the paper hearts.
1. scrapbook paper or card stock
2. scissors or a paper cutter
3. a stapler
Start by gathering all the card stock or scrapbook paper you want to use. I wanted a mix of patterns and solids so I used two different shades of solid purple, one purple pattern and one silvery grey pattern. Then cut them into 2″ strips. I used four strips per paper heart. So out of each group of four strips, keep the length on two and cut 3″ off two. You’ll use the long strips for the outside of the heart, and the short strips for the inside. I used a paper cutter because I can’t cut a straight line with scissors to save my life.
Now that you have your strips of paper, start with one long strip, folding it into the shape of half the heart. Holding it in place take the other long strip and do the same, still holding it all in place with one hand. Then, take your stapler and staple it all together at the bottom.
Next, take one of the shorter strips and do the same thing you did the first time, only place it INSIDE the heart. Hold it in place and take the other short strip and place it in the other side. Then, staple again, two staples side by side, just above the single staple. Now that the paper is all stable, cut across the bottom of it as close to the pair of staples as possible. This will cut off the end that is holding the single staple and give it a nice shape.
This is what you’ll need to turn them into bouquets.
1. small pots
2. spray paint
3. wood skewers
4. a hot glue gun
I found my little pots in the clearance aisle at Micheal’s. I was really lucky to find these because they already had foam in them, which I would need to anchor the skewers. Once I got them home I just pulled out the greenery. Then I used Krylon Shimmer Metallics Spray paint in silver to paint the pots and skewers.
Once everything dried I was ready to start attaching the hearts to the skewers. I cut some of the length off some of the skewers so that I could vary the heights.
To attach the heart to the skewer I took the sharp end of the skewer and pushed it down through the top of the heart so that it would end up at the bottom and the blunt end would be in the base of the heart.
Then I used my glue gun to put a tiny dot of glue at the tip of the skewer inside the heart, then held it together for a few seconds until it dried.
Then all that was left to do was to arrange them in the little pots. I started with the tallest one then worked my way around it. Once I had the hearts arranged in the pots it still felt like something was missing. So I added some tiny DIY tissue paper pom-poms. I found a great tutorial for those from Martha Stewart. I just cut my tissue paper into smaller sections to make them the right size for my bouquets.
I love how they turned out! They’re a fun alternative to flowers and cost a lot less. The only thing I might change if I ever make them again is to use the glue gun instead of the stapler at the base of the paper hearts. But if time is an issue, then I say staple away! Because it’s a whole lot quicker. And now, just for fun, here are a few outtakes from the shower.
The cupcake dress is from a local bakery called Cupcake Divas and it was seriously one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. So glad my sister’s bestie came up with that idea. And how adorable is my sister?! I love seeing her so happy. The big day is only a few weeks away now and I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle. I better get the tissues ready!!
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