This homemade mother’s day gift will make any mom smile with glee. Growing up I had 5 siblings and come to think of it I thought it would be an awesome idea to make a gift from all of us dedicated to our loving and caring mom. 😀 😀 I’m sure I wasn’t the only one on the hunt trying to find the best meaningful mother’s day gift. The idea behind this gift is to have the heart represent the love for our mom and the row of pictures will be featuring all of us kids. All in hopes that this precious piece of artwork will last for years to come. 😀
Don’t get overwhelmed the nail art is a lot more fun then it looks and it’s a speedy process. This project doesn’t require much attention to detail. You’ll be done in no time.. 😀 😀 😀 I got pretty good at nailing those nails.. I could probably whip another one out in half the time. 😀
I have these two free printables you can use (below). To print your M and heart you will need to print it Landscape. If you don’t know how to position your page landscape follow the instructions below. I printed the letters and heart measuring at about 8.5 inches at their widest point (standard 8×10 printing paper) (if you look at the heart below you can see I haven’t cut the sides yet.. So leave about 1.5 inches on each side when enlarging for printing)
(I used Openoffice.. it’s a free downloadable program similar to Microsoft word.. These instructions should be the same for Microsoft word)
- Open a text document
- Click on Format (top left menu)
- Under format find page and click on it
- You should have a new tab open giving you the option to do landscape or portrait
- Pick landscape and click OK
That’s it 😀
What you’ll need
- wallet prints
- wood ( measuring 30″ by 12″ and 3/4″ inches in thickness)
- paint or stain
- Nails (measuring 1 1/4 inches length.. make sure they have big heads for the thread to go around) I purchased mine at home depot in the construction nails area. (not the small craft nails)
- mini clothespins (I purchased mine at the $1 store after the ones I got from micheals crafts store fell apart.. the cheaper ones from the dollar store were way stronger..weird)
- Concrete floor or Metal for under the wood
- copper leaf and gilding
Let’s Do This !!
Ok so I will start off by saying you will NOT be cutting the top and bottom off the printable.. This is how your will know if the letters or on their level..Only cut off the sides like the first letter M is showing on the left.
I stained my wood board in the color “special walnut”. You can choose to paint or stain yours. If stained don’t forget to clear coat with something so you don’t get the stain transferred onto your thread. If painted it’s a one step deal.
Without measuring how far off I wanted the letters from the bottom I simply lined the paper with the wood and measured the gaps in between the letters to make sure they are even. Then I taped them off and started nailing in.
My first letter.. 😀 😀 all done.
Don’t forget to start from the center of the heart and work your way around.. Just like drawing one 😀 😀
Here’s a snippet of my mini clothespins.. Gosh it was like dominos.. They wouldn’t hold still. I had to prop them up with mini rocks. hehe. I decided to copper leaf them to match my pink rose gold heart. 😀
To start threading your letters simply tie a knot at one end and start outlining the whole letter before you start getting all messy. 😀
Connecting the DOTS. 😀
I did different directions and then went all messy towards the end filling in uneven gaps.
To finish of your threading simply tie a few knots around the nail heads and cut the remaining yarn off.
Adding A little Special Something…
Ok so this is totally optional but I decided to add a little more bling and make this heart extra special by copper leafing it to make it rose gold. I dabbed on the gilding and left it to dry for 15 minutes before applying the leafing to it.
Ahhhh. Leafing on.. Yes at this point I was thinking how on earth I am going to remove all that.. You could leave it like that. 😀 . LOL. I used a bristle brush to get the process going and then once a bunch of it was stuck in the yarn I blew it out with my husbands air blower. You can also use a vacuum to do this.
I lay out all the photos to see how often I need to glue the clothes pins. Remember if your photos are to big you can always cut them to size. That’s what I did with mine. For some reason the wallet prints at Walgreens were huge so I cut mine to size. I ended up fitting 13 pictures and glued my pins measuring 2 1/4 inches apart.
To seal the deal I used my E6000 glue. And that’s it 😀 😀 .Oh wait almost forgot.. If your attaching rope. This would be the time to staple it in. 😀 Now that’s it.
All us kids are featured on top that rose gold heart (with a few grand-kids here and there 😀 ) What do you think? Special Enough? I think she’ll love it.. (fingers crossed.)
Thanks for joining me my lovely craftoholics. Until next time 😀 😀 😀 If you make one for your lovely Mother don’t forget to tag me on Instagram. I would love to see it.