One evening, while cruising around the good ‘ol Pinterest, I spotted a sweet music heart that would be perfect for my Sweet C on her birthday. But, she only wears the necklace I gave her on our wedding day, so this would not be a wise purchase on my part… so what to do? A few days later, I ran across this post on Honey+Fitz and thought, A-HA! Indeed, this is what I will do for my Sweet C!
12″ round cork mat [in the garden department]
String, I used a variegated DMC floss in blues
Wire Nails [Size 1/2 x 19]
Template/Pattern + Tape
Primer + Paint
Hammer + Needle Nose Pliers
I coated the cork mat in a layer of primer then a layer of paint. I let the mat dry for about 3 hours after the paint was brushed on because cork is porous and I didn’t want to permanently stick my template to the board!
I centered the template on the cork mat and taped down the edges to reduce movement when tapping in the nails. Starting with the edges of the template, I pushed in the nails in sections and hammered them in to make them more sturdy and straight; I worked my way around the entire template this way, this took about an hour with a few back stretch breaks.
Once all of the nails were in place I took another pass with the hammer to make sure the nails were very secure, then I tore the template in sections to remove it from the mat, this was a little challenging in the slim corners, but I only had 4 nails come out. My pointer finger was raw after the nails were finally placed and template removed!
Now, on to the fun part – stringing! Just tie a little knot around and inner nail to hide the cut and begin stringing as much or as little as you like! I really like how the verigated string changes color, I think it creates a cool dimension to the project. I completed the stringing in one sitting of the House season finale [He's not dead!].
It would be pretty plain and dull to hang it like this, right? So, I found a frame to paint black and added some string around the edges and VOILA – the completed Sweet C’s birthday present!
Total Cost: $8.00
Total Happiness: Infinity
Happy Birthday #13 to My Sweet C!