- Wood frame. I purchased mine from JoAnn Fabrics. You can paint the inside wood white if you do not find the painted white version. To learn how I have painted mine white in a previous project click here. It also contains a link to where to find the wood frame.
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Sola wood flowers, felt flowers, paper flower, silk flowers, or other flowers and berries to decorate with.
- Optional: Scrape piece of paper
- Optional: Cricut machine and fine point blade
- Optional: blue cutting mat
- Draw your heart or desired shape on your wood frame. I am not good at drawling hearts. So, I used my Cricut machine to cut out a large heart for me and then I traced that cutout.
- To make my heart cutout I used the free heart found in shapes on the left side of the Design Space canvas.
- I also used a square from the shapes section. I opened up the lock icon for the sizing to turn my square into a rectangle to match my paper. I entered the size of my paper, which fit nicely inside my wood frame, which was 8.5 by 11. I rotated my paper to fit my heart better, so I made the width my 11 inches.
- I then dragged my heart into my rectangle and sized it as large as I could fit inside my rectangle. I made sure to leave a little gap at both the top and bottom of the rectangle. You could center the two shapes if you want.
- If your rectangle is showing in front of the heart, then click on the square and click arrange at the top of the page, then click send to back.
- Lastly either delete your rectangle, hit the eye on the ride side to make it hidden, or change it to a guide so your machine does not try to cut the rectangle out. To change it to a guide, click operations at the top of the page, then on the drop down select guide.
- Now you are ready to cut out your heart shape. I put my paper on a blue light grip mat, and use the setting copy paper 20 lb. I also placed my paper a little lower on my mat, and edited my heart shape accordingly, because my design was so close to the edge of my paper, and Cricut does not utilize the very top of your material to give you some wiggle room if you do not align your material exactly. I talk about this a little more in my video.
2. Now wrap your rope around your drawn outline applying hot glue as you go. I cut my rope and started with a new piece of rope for areas the rope does not bend well enough around, like sharp edges. For my heart shape this was the bottom and top of my heart. So, I used two pieces of rope to complete this shape.
3. Next, arrange your flowers, greenery, and other decorative pieces to your liking. Just keep adding and moving things around till you are happy with everything. I used sola wood flowers, but you can use what ever you have available and on hand. If you would like to learn how to color sola wood flowers, then click this link and I will show you at about 1 min into the video.
4. Once you like your arrangement use your hot glue to glue everything in place.
These pieces always turn out so beautiful. They are simple but elegant. The hardest part is figuring out which flowers and greenery to use and how to arrange them. The different flowers and greenery you use can really change the look of your piece. If you have not seen my Mickey/Minnie mouse rope art, then click here to see how I created that one.