It's my personal belief that if the name of a DIY project rhymes, it is destined to be born and it is our duty to bring it forth into the craft universe.
So today, I present: Geometric Heart DIY Wall Art. Behold!
Is it Valentine's Day decor? Could be. Handmade nursery art for a design-conscious baby? Likely. An inexpensive way to add a little visual serotonin to your blank walls? For sure.
If you read Make & Do Crew regularly, you know I have got a thaang for popsicle sticks. (If you do too, check out how to make a Hexagon Shelf and a set of Honeycomb Shelves with these little wooden wonders.)
Popsicle sticks are so unassuming on their own, but when they pair up with their buddies Glue and Wood Stain, they become the ingredients for some graphic, modern DIY art.
Except for this 3D heart garland, we don't have a stitch of Valentine's Day decor around here. Most people, including myself until about two years ago, wouldn't see an issue with this. Truly, there are much bigger problems in the world.
But now, I guess they're just something about the post Christmas/New Year's holiday hangover, combined with having a couple of little kids that makes me want to decorate for Valentine's Day (and make my own Valentines too).
If you're not ready to take down your Martin Luther King Jr Day decorations yet in favor of Valentine's Day decor though, no sweat. This is a great year round DIY art idea for a nursery, a child's playroom or even an adult bedroom. Heck, I think this would look cool hung from your rear view mirror.
GEOMETRIC HEART DIY WALL ART SUPPLIES
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• popsicle sticks (about 95 of them)
• wood stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut.)
• pink acrylic paint
• two paintbrushes for the stain and one for the paint
• rag to wipe off stain
• tacky glue
• toothpick to apply glue (optional)
• heart template (Enter your email at the bottom of this post to receive instant access to it, plus all our other subscriber-exclusive patterns and printables.)
1. Print the heart template from the Make and Do Crew Subscriber Vault. (Enter your email in the box at the bottom of the post to gain access.) Trim the template pieces and tape them together. Hint: hold the sheets of paper up to a window to help you see them better.
2. Add a dot of glue to both ends of several sticks and lay them out as pictured. I find it easiest to add glue to several sticks at a time and then position them in batches. Add glue to more sticks and build the second layer as pictured.
You want to repeat like this until each little wall is three popsicle sticks deep, except for the two sections with a "2" pictured below, which only need to be two sticks deep. This will become your top, natural-colored heart.
3. For the bottom, stained heart, repeat this same process, but make the upper two "walls" noted with a "2" below only two sticks deep. (All the other walls should be three deep.)
4. To build your pink heart, repeat the process, but make each "wall" three sticks deep.
5. Apply wood stain to the appropriate heart. NOTE: Stain two extra sticks at this point because you're going to use them to join the hearts. Paint the appropriate heart pink.
6. Use a rag to wipe off any excess wood stain and make sure your hearts are good and dry.
7. Lay your hearts out vertically. First slide two natural colored popsicle sticks in between the bottom two sticks on the pink heart "walls." Glue these two free-floating sticks to their new mother heart. At this point, I also used a toothpick to apply a little extra glue where the two hearts meet, just to add some extra strength.
8. Repeat this with your two extra stained sticks, sliding them in between the bottom two sticks on the pink heart's "walls." It should look like the pink heart is sitting on top of the natural and stained hearts. Glue that puppy together.
9. Let everything dry really well so it's nice and stable. To hang it, I simply put two small nails in the wall for the heart peaks to rest on. You could also tie a string between the peaks to use as a hanger.
If you're obsessed with adorning all the walls in your house with DIY magic like I am, here are more projects to try:
DIY Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelves
Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art
Easy Button Art (so sweet for a nursery!)
Inspirational Wall Art Using Quotes