How to Make a Heart Shaped Picture

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How to Make a Heart Shaped Picture
Hearts are associated with love and affection. (Heart of Hearts image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com)

Heart shapes can make pictures more eye-catching. Hearts imply love and affection, so they can be a good way to showcase an image or memento of a loved one. You can make heart-shaped pictures using collage, which can work well with a photo. You can compose images using stamps, or paint and draw your own pictures. Other ways of making a heart-shaped picture include using fusible beads, such as Perler beads, or fibre arts like knitting, crochet, weaving or applique. You can find heart-shaped frames, canvases and fuse bead boards. You can also download or make heart-shaped templates yourself.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Compasses or round object
  • Pencil
  • Coloured paper (construction paper, tissue paper, crepe paper or patterned paper)
  • Magazine pictures
  • Paper glue
  • Plain paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Satin or velvet fabric
  • Fabric scraps
  • Fabric glue or iron-on hemming tape (optional)
  • Needle and thread
  • Beads, sequins or flat-backed gems
  • Fabric paint (optional)

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Instructions

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    Cut a square piece of paper or cardstock. Fold it diagonally.

  2. 2

    Draw a semicircle at the top of the folded paper using compasses or a round object of suitable size. The semicircle should start just below the outer corners of the paper, at the open edge, and finish at the central crease, so that when you open up the paper it will form one of the rounded top parts of the heart.

  3. 3

    Cut around the semicircle and open out the paper. If the heart shape isn't quite right, fold the paper back up and trim it.

  1. 1

    Make two heart-shaped templates: one the same size as your photo, the other around ¾ of an inch across.

  2. 2

    Lay your small heart template on several layers of coloured paper and cut around it. Make at least a dozen or so coloured paper hearts.

    Cut out a few images from old magazines, such as flowers, jewellery or other romantic motifs.

  3. 3

    Lay your heart-shaped template on a sheet of cardstock or strong paper an inch or two larger than the photo you want to use. Draw around it. Position your chosen photo in the heart. Mark those areas of the image that fall outside the heart.

  4. 4

    Trim the photo. Stick the heart-shaped photo onto the card.

  5. 5

    Glue the paper hearts at random all around the photograph, overlapping it a little. Build up the collage in layers until all the bare cardstock is covered. Add the magazine cut-outs.

  1. 1

    Sketch a simple picture onto plain paper. Trace a copy. Cut out the main picture elements and use these as templates to cut pieces out of coloured fabric.

  2. 2

    Make a heart-shaped template and use this to cut a heart-shaped piece of satin fabric.

  3. 3

    Sew your main picture elements onto the satin heart, or attach them to it using glue or iron-on hemming web. Use your sketch as a guide.

  4. 4

    Add details using embroidery or fabric paints, and sew or glue beads and sequins to the fabric.

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