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DIY Color Blocked Wood Heart Cake Toppers

January 20, 2015

Learn how to make these painted wood heart cake toppers. So cute for Valentine's Day or even a wedding!

Let the Valentine’s Day crafting begin! A few weeks ago I was in Jo-Ann’s with my mother-in-law picking up some yarn for this project and I stumbled upon BARC wood adhesive wood sheets. Since the packaging stated the sheets could be cut with a cutting machine I knew I had to give them a try. The first project on my list was to create color blocked heart cake toppers with the material. These toppers are perfect for an extra special Valentine’s Day cake or would be oh-so-adorable on a wedding cake! You can use them to dress up a store bought cake (I won’t tell anyone) or make a batch of the smaller ones to adorn your favorite cupcakes.

Download the SVG file to use with your Silhouette or Cricut Explore

Download the PDF template to print and cut by hand

Loving these painted wood heart cake toppers! (Click through for template and directions on how to make them)

- Adhesive wood sheets (I used the birch color)
- Craft paint, in any colors you want
- Painter’s tape (this is my fave)
- 6-inch and 4-inch wood skewers, one for each heart topper

1. Cut out the wood hearts using the SVG template and your Silhouette or Cricut Explore. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can print out the PDF template, cut out the hearts, and trace the outline of them onto the wood sheet and then cut them out using scissors.

2. Before removing the cut out hearts from the sheet, use the painter’s tape to mask off a small section of each heart. It can be in any direction you want.

3. Paint away from the tape edge and paint each heart. Remove the tape before the paint dries and then allow it to dry completely.

4. Remove one heart sticker and place the top of a wooden skewer on the sticky side. Carefully align another heart sticker that’s the same size on top, making sure the painted wood sides are on the outside. Use the 4″ skewers for the small hearts and the 6″ skewers for the large hearts. Repeat this, making as many toppers as you want!

These are really fun to make and come together pretty quickly. If you’re in a time crunch (who isn’t, right?) use your hair dryer to dry the craft paint and speed this DIY along.

Note If you’re using a Silhouette:
It took several attempts to get the cut settings right on my Silhouette. If you plan on using your’s here’s the settings I recommend:

Ratchet Blade:  7
Speed: 1
Thickness: 32
Use with a cutting mat!

These settings did cut through the paper side, however, it wasn’t a big deal since I painted the hearts before removing them from the paper. I did try using a lower blade setting/thickness so the paper backing wouldn’t cut but when I did it didn’t cut through the wood sheet.

Give your sweetie a cake topped with wood hearts this Valentine's Day! This DIY would also be adorable for a wedding cake!

Wondering what else you can make with your Silhouette? Check out my Silhouette page for templates, shapes, and project ideas.

2015 Reader Survey + a Giveaway

January 19, 2015

How pretty are these items? You can win them by filling out the Sarah Hearts reader survey.

It’s that time of the year again—reader survey time! If you follow other blogs you probably have seen or even filled out a survey or two recently. So yep, here’s yet another one. I kindly ask you to take a couple minutes to complete this survey because your feedback and ideas are so important to me. They truly help me create  unique, inspiring content and help shape my plan for 2015! At the end of the survey I even give you a chance to ask me anything—yes, anything—you want. So ask away!

And now onto the giveaway! To make this survey a bit more fun I’m also giving away my favorite office supplies to one lucky reader. This includes my go-to Rifle Paper Co. weekly planner and favorite zebra notepad, a Poppin gray acrylic ruler, an Orla Kiely storage tin, and a pair of pretty gold scissors!

To enter, complete the survey above and be sure to include your email (it’s the last question) then enter using the Rafflecopter widget.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end on Sunday, January 25th at 12 p.m. EST and is open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway is not sponsored with Rifle Paper, Poppin, or Orla Kiely. They are just some of my favorite brands so I picked up a few goodies to share with one lucky reader.

Thanks so much for taking the time to complete the survey! I’m exciting to share the response with you over the next few weeks!

Links to Love

January 16, 2015

Looking for a fun weekend project? Get inspired with one of these fun projects. (Click through for links to each one)

Wow, what a week! Many exciting things happened this week—it was my first week working in my 2 room home office/studio and my new assistant started this week! More on both of those things later but for now it’s back to work as I prep for Alt Summit next week. I’d heading to Salt Lake City on Tuesday to be an Alt Rep again. If you’ll also be at Alt please say hello and stop me if you have any questions at all!

Here what’s I’m loving from this week:

1. This DIY gold foil business card holder had me at gold foil.

2. The Oh Joy! studio space is so inspiring. Loving her insight about how she’s grown since hiring her first employee.

3. Paint dipped clothes hangers are brilliant, don’t you think?

4. These painted acrylic trays would be pretty on a bedside table but also dress a workspace too.

I’m also loving:

This painted unicorn wall.

These cross stitched gingham heart napkins.

This recipe for almond and coconut salmon bites and this recipe for twice baked spaghetti squash (now I’m hungry).

These DIY anniversary gift ideas.

Modern Dog Beds

January 15, 2015

You don't have to sacrifice style when making a cozy spot for your dog in your home—these modern pet beds are stylish and comfy!

Since I updated and rearranged my office spaces, our new pup Daisy has found a new favorite spot to lay in. Her old favorite spot was underneath my L-shaped built in desk. It was pretty much her hide away and go-to spot to hang out in. But since I took that desk down and replaced it with moveable folding tables, she’s been a little bit displaced. After a day or so she found a cozy corner beside my pink sofa to curl up in. Now I’m in the search for a new dog bed to put next to the sofa that will match my new, mostly white furniture that will also be comfy for her.

Here are a few of my favorite modern dog bed picks, though some of them are way out of my price range. I’m thinking I may find some fabric I love and DIY it!

1.  Origami print | 2. Urbanest | 3.  Letto day dog bed | 4. Cloud 7 Tweed Rose bed | 5. Pink geometric bed | 6. Jax and Bones Dandy bed | 7. The Cinder pet bed

Meet + Make Sponsor Application

January 14, 2015

Want to get your product into the hands of tons of creative ladies? Apply to sponsor the next Meet + Make! Click through for more details.

2015 is going to be an exciting year for Meet + Make and I’m looking for great brands to sponsor upcoming workshops! If you’re not familiar with my craft workshops that bring together people in the community for snacks, sips, and a fun night of creating, check out this video. The goal of each workshop is to help someone create something they didn’t know they could make and also encourage new friendships to form. And if you ask previous attendees about the workshop, those two things are their very favorite parts of the night!

Each workshop brings together over 50 crafty ladies! It’s a great way to get your products into the hands of creative ladies who love to share on social media too. If you’re interested in sponsoring one of the 2015 Meet + Make workshops please complete the application so we can connect with you.

**Click here to complete the sponsor application.**


Photo by LH Photography