Oh my word, January is almost gone and I’m so happy, it’s been a looooong, lean month. Has it been a rough one for you too? The end of the month also means it’s time for the International Bloggers Club challenge. If you’re visiting for the first time, the IBC is a group of bloggers from all over the world who get together at the end of every month to share their projects. This month we’re sharing Valentine’s crafts and because money is tight, I had to get really creative with this one. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I went to the deepest, darkest recesses of my craft cupboard to try come up with an idea. Ribbons and wood scraps and paint and noodles and ice cream sticks all went flying. Suffice to say, bits of all that crafty
chaos madness finally became these rustic topiary place card holders.
Wanna know how I did it? Those rustic topiary hearts were made out of a pool noodle. Yup, a pool noodle 😉 If I had the moola, I would have toodled off to the craft shop and bought me some of those polystyrene hearts.
But no moola means you gotta make a plan and the IBC is very close to my heart. These ladies have been there for me and they always come up with the most amazingly creative things. There was just no way I was not going to let my tribe down.
And to be honest I actually had a lot of fun carving the hearts. They were a lot easier than I thought. Just slice the bits of noodle into a spinning top to form the bottom of the heart. (I’m hoping the pics below help explain what I’m trying to say) Once the bottom had been carved away, I made a nick in the top and shaped the rest of the heart.
It’s kinda like peeling an orange with a craft knife.
To mimic leaves I roughened the hearts up a bit with a grater.
And then we sprayed those hearts green.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I took a walk around the garden and found some twigs that would make great trunks. The pool noodle had a hole right down the middle, so I just glued the twigs inside. To hide the hole on top of the heart, I sprayed and glued some of the left over pool noodle bits over the hole.
I filled a few tin buckets with soil and added the rustic topiary hearts.
For extra love I tied little hearts made from bits of bark to the buckets. Since these are supposed to be place cards, I thought I’d write the names on the bark hearts. But bark is rough and every time I wrote something it looked like a drunk spider had fallen into a bucket of paint before trying to crawl home. So I used ice cream sticks instead to make little signs instead.
Oh, how I wish I could sit around a table with these special ladies, Katrin, Keri, Mary and PIli. Since that won’t be happening anytime soon, the best I can do is create a virtual table and add their names to the place cards.
Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? I must admit, we don’t really make a big thing of it. We prefer to surprise our loved ones with gifts and love notes throughout the year. What about you? I’d love to hear how you celebrate, or not. Either way here’s wishing and your loved ones a beautiful February and remember to pop on over to see what craftiness the rest of the IBC have come up with.