I have been really feeling the whole boho decor vibe lately.
In fact, I have a 4 foot long branch hanging in my living room right now. Wrapped in string and with birds and stars dangling from it…I should probably blog about that?!
Anyhow, I’ve been wanting to make a piece of boho inspired wall art that incorporates an embroidery hoop and Valentine’s Day is the absolute perfect excuse for making something lovely and pretty. I wanted to make something special for my girls and Valentine’s Day presented me with all the inspiration I needed.
With a little clay, an embroidery hoop and some string I was able to make a super cute piece of art to hang on the wall.
Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging
air dry clay
heart cookie cutter
wooden skewer or toothpick
pink acrylic paint
pink, white beads
clear Modge Podge
Slice off a piece of the clay. I have always used DAS air drying clay, I love it. If you would like, you can make your own clay with this baking soda recipe. A good tip is to have a rag (or paper towels) and a dish of water ready. Slightly wet hands will make working with the clay a lot easier and the rag is for cleaning up. Place a piece of wax paper on your work surface. Okay, once you have your slice of clay it is time to start working the clay into a disc. Working with clay can be very meditative. You can use a rolling pin if you like, but I like using only my hands to flatten the clay. I like the more handmade look this gives you. Press the clay into a flat 1/4 inch piece of clay, on the wax paper.
Now that the clay is flat use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. We used 3 hearts for each wall hanging. Set the hearts aside on a piece of wax paper. Wrap up the scrap clay, to use in a minute.
For our hearts we tried three different techniques to decorate the hearts. For the first technique we wanted to apply 3D dots to the hearts. In order to adhere the dots we need to make a small dish of slip…clay glue. Slip is a “glue” made from clay and water.
Make little balls of clay for the dots. To adhere the dots to the heart, use the point of the skewer to make little shallow holes in the heart – wherever you want to put the dots – and on one side of the little clay balls. Use a paintbrush to paint the slip into the shallow holes on the heart and on the balls. Place the balls on the heart and press them in place.
Once the clay has dried, it is time to paint the hearts. I was inspired by the colour of the sunrise on an early morning dog walk. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint the heart pink – then the sky was this beautiful shade of pink – so I went with it. Let the hearts dry and paint on a clear coat of Modge Podge to seal the hearts and add a subtle gloss.
Okay, now it’s time to work on the embroidery hoop. Our hoops are 4 inches in diameter. Cut 5 lengths of string, about 10 inches long. Feed and tie as many beads as you like onto the string. These beads will be positioned inside the hoop. Once the beads are in place, place the string in position and slide the outer hoop in place – tightening it in place. I used a little tape to hold the string in place while I tightened the hoop.
Today’s post is part of the Valentine’s Blog Hop being hosted on A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Please take the time to hop around and explore all of the absolutely beautiful recipes, art and craft projects being shared.
Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Valentine’s Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog
Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush
DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life
DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos
Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy
‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog
DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style
Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos
Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer
How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog
Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design
GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful
Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen
Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories
Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile
Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness
How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House
DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box
Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home
Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine