This Craft Idea is Pretty Sweet!
Valentine’s Day is coming up…let’s DIY a decorative wall hanging! Now you can use art and crafts to make a pretty pink and red Valentine’s Day decoration. This is a unique design made from a handful of different materials.
This valentine hanging is made from recycled CD’s. Although the use of CDs to make stuff is on the rise, I’ll bet you’ve never seen anything like this before! ♥️
Old CDs are the PERFECT item to upcycle! They can be used to create yard art, wall hangings, heck you could also break them with a hammer and use the pieces to put a cool mosaic together. I have some unused “new” ones on a spindle…which will be perfect for this. Follow along as I put it together!
You need to have 3 CD’s (or maybe more depending on how elaborate you want your decoration to be)
- 4 red heart paper doilies measuring 6” each
- 1 sheet of red construction paper or lightweight cardstock
- Some red opaque acrylic paint (I like these brands)
- ¼” red (of course!) satin ribbon
- wood curtain ring or keyring
- Some paper craft glue
- Newspapers (to protect your workspace)
Painting the CDs
First you need to spread out some newspaper to protect your work surface. I also put a sheet of wax paper on top to prevent sticking. Lay your CDs on top. Before you start, you may want to consider applying a thin coat of white primer paint, in my experience, it helps to hide potential see-through and make the top coat colors look better.
Now squeeze some of the red acrylic paint into the palette. Paint a thick coat of paint onto the first side of the three CD’s. Let them dry completely.
Now me, I was a little bit of a renegade and painted one of them pink. Pink is the “other” Valentine’s Day color….I’m going to make this design go red, pink, red just for fun! When the paint takes its time to dry you can make the cupid portion of this craft. Then draw or trace a cupid shape onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
Cut it out without any of the lines showing and set it aside. This the first time I’ve drawn a Cupid character in awhile. Am I in the ballpark with this?
Now turn the three CD’s over and paint the other side the way you did earlier; and let them dry completely.
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Attaching the Paper Parts
When the paint on the second side is dry, it is the time to attach the doilies and the cupid to the CD’s. The doilies should be large enough to cover the entire surface of a CD such that you can spread the glue on the entire surface of the two CD’s and then press a heart shaped doily down. Smooth out the doily so that there are no unsightly wrinklies or glue pockets.
I actually ended up making the doilies from some white cardstock and decorative tissue paper. I was checking the local Dollar Tree for heart-shaped doilies, but although they were cute, they were all too big to fit on the front of a CD (and if I had trimmed them down to size, they might have ended up with raggedy edges.)
Now attach the cupid shape on one side of the remaining painted CD as shown above. Pretty much in the same way as with the doilies, spread glue on the back of the cupid where it will come in contact with the CD and press down, smoothing out any wrinkles.
Creating the Hanging Part From Ribbon
Measure and cut a 33” – 36″ piece of the ribbon and lay it down on your work surface. Tie one end of the ribbon in a knot around the bottom of the curtain ring. Trim that end of the ribbon but it should not be too close to the knot or it will come undone. You are however free to add a small drop of glue behind the knot to keep it secure.
I doubled my knot – that works best. Now arrange the three CDs on top of it with an equal amount of space between each. The first CD with a heart doily on it should be arranged below the ring, the Cupid CD below that and then the third heart doily one.
When you are satisfied with the arrangement, lift the CD’s up one at a time, squeeze a line of glue down the ribbon where it will touch the CD and press it down into place. Let dry.
I thought I’d have a little more fun so I did a little extra “glitzing” with pink glitter glue. You can too, there aren’t “hard and fast” rules here!
Hanging Your Valentine Decoration Craft
Make sure that you have at least 4” of ribbon hanging down below the last CD. Let the glue dry completely before hanging. You can hang it from your front door, or if you have a narrow space of wall in your home, such as the strip in the hallway or next to the window; as its slim design will complement it well. Beautiful!
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