Sometimes, all you need is a heart garland. It’s the DIY equivalent of comfort food. I love this heart garland because I can use at different times of the year. It looks great on a Christmas tree if your decoration is tending towards Hygge, all cosy and warm. It’s also perfect for hanging in a patio when you’re looking at sprucing your outdoor deco.
Making the hearts with air-dry clay
1 To start, you will make a roll out your air dry clay, about 1″ diameter and then cut in into equal pieces also 1″ long.
2 To make a heart shape, you will first roll each piece into a small ball. Take one piece and cut at the top with a knife, like in the first picture. Next, pinch the opposite side of where you cut and roll it between your fingers to make it pointy. Sort out your heart shape delicately because it will be wonky at first… No worries, push and pull it into shape little by little and it will turn out OK!
3 Once your pieces are (more or less!) heart-shaped, you can prepare the copper wire. Simply cut about an inch and bend the wire in the middle, like in the picture. Next, take the bent wire and push in at the top of your heart shape. When you’re done, your pieces will have to dry for a day or two, unless you put them in the oven. I prefer air-drying since you get less cracking when the pieces dry out naturally. You might want to put a tiny dot of glue on the wire to secure it if it falls off (it happens…).
Braiding the Heart Garland
4 After your hearts have thoroughly dried out, you will start threading the garland. Begin by knotting a bunch of raffia straws together – the longer the better. Start braiding the straws, nothing fancy, just a simple braid like you do to your hair. Stop every 3 or 4″ to insert a heart then continue braiding. Repeat this pattern until you have attached all your pieces.
If you are running out of raffia, bring in a few new straws and braid along with the straws that are running out. The jointing won’t be visible.