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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Rustic Wild Heart With Dried Roses

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February always brings out the urge in me to create hearts.  Some years, making strawberry cakes in heart-shaped individual cupcake pans satisfies the urge for hearts.  Other years, elaborate homemade Valentine cards with roses, glitter, embossing using rubber stamps, and attached heart-shaped buttons to send to friends fills that annual desire to create hearts.  My sister has the same annual desires to create hearts.  We both inherited some gene that drives us to make hearts in February, and sometimes we work together to create custom Valentine cards.  

However, my sister has a special talent for working with flowers and her latest heart creation was this wild floral heart. Rustic wild vines create the heart shape with dried roses, grapevines, mossy twig vines, green reindeer moss, blue paper, and a tiny paper heart from scrap wrapping paper all layered on a thick wooden tree ring.  

The heart shape is more suggested than rigidly defined which makes the rustic heart all the more beautiful to me.  The hardest part in making this beauty is the vision for putting all the pieces together for the first time.  Now that you have seen it, you probably can make a similar one to fill any February creative urge of your own to make hearts. 

A surprise gift to me, the rustic heart hangs in my made-over mud room, but would be a wonderful February door hanging on a sheltered front door.  Take a look at how it is constructed, beginning with a 3-4 inch thick circular tree slice as the foundation.  No need to cut the wood base in the shape of a heart. The heart shape is created using vines. 

From this close-up view, you can see how the vines are layered and are not flattened against the circular base.  Rather, they swirl out with unkempt tendrils. 

Rustic Wild Heart Layers in order of creation
  1.  Circular 3-4" thick wood base about 7-8" in diameter
  2.  Attach a picture hanging hook to the back of the wood base. Do this before creating the vine hearts to keep from smashing the hearts. 
  3.  Paper (color of your choice) glued onto the wood base 
  4.  Small paper heart folded with only one side glued to the wood, leaving one side standing up 
  5.  Large grapevines, twisted into large heart that extends beyond the wood base edges. Glue or nail to the wood base at 2-3 places leaving most of the heart form free 
  6.  Small vines clustered together to form the most recognizable heart shape. Glue to the large grapevines. 
  7.  Glue dried roses randomly to the small vine heart. 
  8.  Glue small clumps of green reindeer moss as shown 

The rustic wild heart looks right at home hanging on a white-washed pine beadboard wall in my mud room. 

French Country is the over-all look I love, but the rustic heart also goes very well with country, cottage, and shabby chic decorating styles.  Can you see this rustic heart in your house? 


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Shortbread and Ginger said...


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What amazing talent your sister has! It looks great in your mud room.

Stacey said...

Judith, the heart is beautiful! You and your sister both are very talented. I definitely had to pin this one.

Botanic Bleu said...

Thanks, Stacey. I will pass along your compliment to my sister.


Botanic Bleu said...

Yes, she is amazing with flowers of all kinds. I will share your compliment with her.

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I love this dried rose wreath! I much prefer dried flower hearts to glitter ones! Very pretty!

Sarah said...

You and your sister are both talented. The wreath is gorgeous! I like to make valentines too, but didn't get it done this year. I'd love to see some of your creations. I wish you'd share in a post sometime. They sound lovely!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I love your red rose dried grapevine heart wreath and it turned out so much better than mine-I had such trouble with the roses, they were so fragile and many of them fell apart. Never have had this happen before.
Your and your sister are talented and this is gorgeous!

Leilani Smith said...

I love this rustic Valentine's look. Will pin for next year. Thankfully I have most of the supplies!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Lovely,lovely. Thank you for sharing on SYC. Jo

Jann Olson said...

I love dried roses and your wild heart is darling! I adore anything that has a bit of a wild look. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Art and Sand said...

Oh, yes! I could see this rustic heart in my house. I have a wire heart I made and I might give this heart a try.

I like the term "unkempt tendrils". That's what I like to do when I make wire pieces, but I like your wording.

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

Holly McCall said...

Loving the rustic charm! Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design!

The Charm of Home said...

How pretty with it's rustic qualities! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!