Friday, February 12, 2016

Hearts and Crafts

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts in dining room; Nora's Nest
To sweeten our home for Valentine's Day this year, I made 3-D paper hearts that float over my Valentine Vessel in the dining room. Bring whimsy to your own Valentine celebration using my easy DIY: Hearts and Crafts directions!

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts with glitter; Nora's Nest
I grew up making these hanging hearts, though they are a bit more sophisticated and elegant than before :).

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging heart project; Nora's Nest
My favorite hearts are the ones that are made of different hues, like the red and light pink one above. Glass-glitter lines their edges.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts from chandelier; Nora's Nest
In an attempt to mimic the colors in the pink antique ornaments, I mixed acrylic paint in red and light pink to create different shades.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts with silk ribbon; Nora's Nest
Silk ribbon in an array of colors (red, mauve, magenta, crimson) add extra interest.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; Pink centerpiece with antique ornaments; Nora's Nest
Flanking the dining table centerpiece, pink goblets stand in as small vases. They hold red hot camellias that, (in a Valentine miracle that only Cupid could have designed), always bloom in my garden this time of year. 

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; celebration with red and pink decor; Nora's Nest
At nighttime, the addition of candles will make this Valentine centerpiece perfectly romantic.

Make your own DIY: Hearts and Crafts and surprise your Valentine (or yourself) this year!

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!


DIY: Hearts and Crafts

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; Nora's Nest
If you enjoyed my Hearts and Crafts for Valentine's Day post, below are the DIY directions on how to make your own hanging hearts!

What you'll need:
  • Cardboard paper (the thickness of a shoebox)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints in any color (I used red, light pink, and magenta)
  • Paint brush
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter in any color (I used glass glitter in antique gold, but any coarse glitter will be great)
  • Thin ribbon in any color (I used red and a variety of pink ribbon)

1) Cut out a heart template.

2) Trace the template onto the cardboard paper as many times as possible. Create an even number of hearts as two cutout hearts will create one 3-D heart.

3) Cut a rough cut around each of the hearts first. This will make it easier to cut the hearts with more precision later.

4) Finish cutting out the hearts. I cut out two different sizes of hearts for more variety.

5) For every pair of hearts: Cut a slit from the top center on one. Cut a slit from the bottom center on the other. The slits should slightly pass the middle of the heart.

6) Gather your hearts and get ready to paint them!

7) Using acrylic paint and a brush, paint whatever color you desire on both sides of the heart. I mixed red and pink paint to create a variety of different colors. Allow to dry, about five minutes.

8) Next, line the edges of each side of the heart with craft glue. Take your finger to smooth out the glue and create a clean line.

9) Pour coarse glitter over the glue and repeat on the opposite side of the heart. Allow the glitter to dry very thoroughly, a few hours.

10) Taking a heart with a bottom slit, thread the ribbon through until it reaches the top of the slit.

11) Taking a heart with a top slit, slide the two hearts together. 

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; making a 3-D heart; Nora's Nest
The 3-D heart is complete.

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; making a 3-D heart with glitter; Nora's Nest
12) Tie a knot at the top of the ribbon, and voila, it is ready to hang!

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; 3-D hearts; Nora's Nest
Here's what the finished hearts look like without ribbons. Darling to have just sitting around a Valentine table!

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; pink and red 3-D hearts; Nora's Nest
To see the hearts hanging in my home, check out the finished Hearts and Crafts for Valentine's Day project!

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day decorating!!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Vessel

Valentine Vessel; bowl with antique pink ornaments, modern art, dining room; Nora's Nest
After six years of marriage and a little one in tow, I think my husband may have figured me out a little bit ;). While wandering around an antique shop this past weekend, my husband called out to me (without showing me his secret find), "Hey sweetie? I'm just going to go ahead and put this at the register. I know you're going to want this thing."

Valentine Vessel; bowl with antique pink ornaments, modern art, old candlestick; Nora's Nest
Valentine Vessel; concrete bowl with antique pink ornaments; Nora's Nest

"This thing" was just about the most fabulous concrete bowl I have ever seen, and when we brought it home, I knew it had to hold my collection of pink antique ornaments from years past. Voila, a sophisticated Valentine Vessel was born. Thanks to my Valentine!

Valentine Vessel; antique pink ornaments; Nora's Nest

From the softest hue to the hottest fuchsia, this bowl runneth over with pink ornaments.

Valentine Vessel; antique pink ornaments; Parisian leaf plates; Nora's Nest

The pop of color is a perfect juxtaposition to the rough cement bowl and neutral backdrop.

Valentine Vessel; antique ornaments in light pink to fuchsia; Nora's Nest

The ornaments are crackled, distressed, and paint-chipped. Each is unique and lovely.

Valentine Vessel; antique ornaments for Valentine's Day; Nora's Nest
Along with this fabulous bowl, I've been redoing our dining room and can't wait to show you the results soon. Stay tuned!

Want more Valentine decor ideas?

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day Decorating!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Design and Style an Orchid

Three Orchid Projects; How to Design and Style and Orchid like a Pro; Nora's Nest

Want to style an orchid like a pro? Here are a few simple tips to designing the perfect orchid planter for your home. For these three projects, you'll need the orchid plant (comes with stakes and clips), a planter, moss, and natural sticks of your choosing. These magical beauties need very little care and can last for months. Let's get started!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Living Room in the Nest

Living Room Design and Decor in the Nest; Nora's Nest
Welcome to our living room! After purchasing the home, we lightened the walls, installed larger windows and baseboards, and kept the charming peg and groove floors. A few

Before and After: Living Room Transformation

Before and After: Living Room in the Nest; Gold tray, quail egg nest, roses; Nora's Nest

As promised from my post, Living Room in the Nest, here are some before and after shots of our living room transformation. The before photos are what we saw when we walked into the house for the first time! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baby Tools in the Nest

Nursery and baby items; neutral colors; Baby Tools in the Nest; Nora's Nest
When searching for baby tools and items as a new parent, it is a breeze to find intricate designs, bright colors, and adorable animal prints. But as these tools become part of your daily life and home decor, sometimes it's nice to keep things clean and simple. Enter: Baby Tools in neutral colors! Here are some of my favorites...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Nursery in the Nest

Baby crib, bird mobile, sconces, mirror, Restoration Hardware; Nursery in the Nest; Nora's Nest
Hello, readers! My baby girl has arrived, and we are over the moon! Along with her arrival came the exciting task of designing a nursery. I wanted the room to feel like an extension of the rest of our home with neutral colors; nothing too babyish or bright. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Woodland Party

Tour of my Woodland Party: Nora's Nest

Welcome to my Woodland Party! In celebration of our little one-to-be, my husband and I threw a brunch for family and friends. Join me as we explore the forest land full of moss,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Egg Tree

Painted Eggs for Home Decor; Easter Egg Tree; Nora's Nest
The Easter egg tree has been a long standing tradition in my family. Every year, a few new eggs are bedazzled using different techniques -- paint, marbling, dye, and even gold-leaf!

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Green Decor and Clover Herbarium

St. Patrick's Day Green Vignette with Herbarium

St. Paddy's Day is tomorrow, so it's time to spruce up the house with a little green punch! This vignette is filled with green items from around my home. After finding

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine Trees

Valentine Trees for the Mantle

For every Valentine's Day I can remember as a child, a tree branch adorned with heart ornaments graced our home this time of year. Each tree had vintage glass hearts and

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Silver Holly Garland

For some silver pop on my holiday mantle, I've created a modern twist on the green garland. This silver holly garland is the perfect compliment to my antique mercury glass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paper Mache Mushrooms

Paper Mache Mushrooms in Moss
After a recent stroll through a California forest, I was inspired to create faux mushrooms and nestle them into moss for autumnal house decor. I remembered doing paper mache

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Spooky-Glam Halloween

Mantle for a Spooky-Glam Halloween
Dress up your home’s focal point in a glamorous fashion this Halloween. On this mantle, I’ve kept the color palette fairly simple: to black and white. A collection of white pumpkins,

Friday, October 3, 2014

Catalabras for Halloween

Wine Bottles become Candelabras; Catalabras for Halloween: Nora's Nest
It's officially the month of Halloween, and I couldn't be more thrilled! After spotting these adorable black cat wine bottles at World Market, I knew they had to become something for this year's spooky-glam festivities. Their shape and color seemed purrfect for candelabras, so "cat"alabras is what I made!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Fall State of Mind

Antique Glass Compotes for Fall
Fall is officially here! To get yourself into a fall state of mind, choose foods and objects with autumnal colors, such as plum purples, vibrant oranges, rich browns, and muted greens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Chandelier for the Master Bedroom

A Chandelier for the Master Bedroom; White Palette in Home Decor; Nora's Nest
It was love at first sight when I found this gorgeous gilt gold chandelier dripping with crystals, and I knew it had to be mine. A relic of a french chateau, it now adorns our master bedroom, its curled structure giving it a sweet whimsical quality.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Summer Fruit Bowl

Simple Summer Fruit Bowl; Nora's Nest
There is perhaps nothing more gratifying than enjoying the bounties of a backyard or garden in summer. With lemon, orange, and pineapple guava trees in their ripened conditions, I decided to create a simple summer fruit bowl and use it as a centerpiece on the

Monday, August 4, 2014

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest
Before and After; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor
When a sweet friend gave me this urn last Friday and said, "Maybe you can do something with it!", all I could think of was how lovely it could be once painted and refreshed. Although its color was austere, I loved its simplicity and thought it could be perfect for displaying a house plant or (my favorite) coral. And so the painting adventure began!
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