If you hate Valentine’s Day, I apologize in advance of this whole week–it’s gonna be heart-centric. But let me clarify that I’m not about the lovey dovey mushy Valentine’s with long stemmed roses and and baby’s breath. I’m all about the happy, friendly, let’s-show-people-they-are-loved Valentine’s. And who doesn’t want that?! These projects are intended for a bit of friendly happiness.
I’m a dresser upper for holidays so I thought I’d come up with something from the leather scraps I bought when I lived in the leather district of Curitiba, Brazil about a decade ago. I just found the untouched bag at my parent’s house over the holidays and have come up with a couple of projects for them this week. First up, a 3D heart Valentine pin. This is for the person who just wants to add a dash of festivity for the holiday–there’s not TOO much commitment here. Plus, as in all great projects, it’s quick and easy squeazy.
You will need: piece of leather (the craft store sells it or you can get a bunch from Amazon), scissors, pin backings (from craft store. I got mine from Joann and they are really flimsy so I wouldn’t recommend them but these are more like it), leather glue or E6000 (get it here)
Step 1: Create a heart shape with a pen on the back of the leather.
Step 2: Cut it out. Joey Gladstone style.
Step 3: Cut a very small line down the center of the heart, about 1/4″.
Step 4: Glue on both sides of this little line. You’ll see here I used a glue gun but only because I left my leather glue at home for the day 🙁
Step 5: Fold the heart together and hold until dry.
Step 6: Unfold the heart open and voila! A 3D heart!
Step 7: Add glue to the pin and secure it onto the back of the leather heart. No trick there.
How adorable are these little guys?!
And in true awesome style, my photographer, Trisha Zemp, as we’re shooting says, “Why don’t we make a cute little stop motion with the scissors chasing the hearts?” Of course! I mean, it’s only natural. She’s the best!