Starched String Heart Ornament

You will be surprised how easy it is to make this beautiful heart ornament.  It adds a sweet touch to a Christmas tree or garland.  As a bonus, you can also use it when you decorate for Valentine's Day!

You will need:

The string heart pattern

Pink cotton thread

Aluminum foil

Wax paper


A bulletin board

Fabric stiffener

A paint brush


Ribbon (for decorating and hanging)

Step 1.  Make a mold for the heart ornament.

Print out the pattern.  Cut the two hearts apart and lay them on the bulletin board.  Roll up a piece of aluminum foil so it is about 1/2 inch thick.  Fold it into a V shape and place it in the center of the heart.  Cover the foil and pattern with a piece of wax paper.  Place pins all around the heart about 1/2 inch apart.  Fold the wax paper so it is resting on the paper with the heart on it.  Place the pins in at a slight angle so they hold the wax paper down.

Step 2.  Use the mold to make the heart.

Wrap string back and forth across the mold, wrapping it around the pins so it stays in place.  Keep wrapping until you have a pattern you like. 

Then wrap the other half of the heart ornament in the same way.

Step 3.  Starch the string so it will hold the heart shape.

Brush fabric stiffener onto the string.  Make sure you get all the string wet!  Let the heart dry overnight.

Step 4.  Remove the heart from the mold. 

Gently remove the pins and peel the heart off the mold.  The wax paper will probably stick a little bit.  Just gently peel it off.

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Step 5.  Finish the ornament.

Glue the two pieces of the heart together.  Decorate the heart with a bow, if you like.  Add a loop of ribbon or string and hang the heart on your tree!




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