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My Take On “Heart’s On A Stick” Via Dollar Store Crafts


I saw these hearts featured in a Dollar Store Crafts post – “15 Black & White Wedding Ideas” – and just KNEW how I was going to decorate the tables at this year’s Valentine Supper for my Wednesday’s night kid’s group at church!


I followed the link back to Rebecca’s site “As Simple As That” and found a blog filled with wonderful ideas, tips, give aways, and all kinds of tuff I can’t wait to try!  These are so easy that a tutorial is really not even needed, but I will share a few tips on making these with you (below).



I call my hearts “conservation” hearts because I used them as message boards to the kids and as they  were to be used at a church function, I used religious messages like “God is (heart)” and Jesus (heart) u”.

This would be such a great, and cheap, way to decorate for every holiday!  Stick one or three in a floral arrangement or group five together in a vintage bottle – – – turkeys, hearts, stars, shamrocks, and pumpkins galore!

This is the perfect craft for kids – and a great rainy day activity – make a bouquet of flowers for the table or for mom on Mother’s Day.


  • 1 inch scrapbook letters
  • Assorted heart stickers
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Assorted valentine scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors – plain & decorative edge
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters
  • Assorted bottles
  • Assorted trims
  • Charms (for bottles)
  • Transparent tape


  1. Use heart shaped cookie cutters of assorted sizes to trace hearts.
  2. Next cut around the heart in a square (cut 2 pieces).
  3. Glue the two pieces of paper together patterned side out ONLY at the top.
  4. Then cut out the hearts.  Use plain or decorative edged scissors.
  5. If you are writing on the hearts, do it now.
  6. Snip the pointed end off the skewer.
  7. Holding up one heart apply glue to the inside of the bottom heart.
  8. Insert the skewer and glue the two hearts together.
  9. Decorate both sides of the hearts.  Make these as elaborate or plain as you want.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Group five together and tie them LOOSELY together with raffia, yarn, etc.
  12. String a charm on a length of trim and tie around a bottle.
  13. Tape the bottom of the hearts on a stick LOOSELY together with transparent tape.
  14. Arrange the hearts so that some are higher than the others.
  15. Inset the sticks into a bottle and arrange the hearts in a pleasing manner.

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Photo 7: Here they are all grouped together!

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Thanks again. 


Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging

Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging

This poem touches me deeply every time I read it and it is a great favorite of mine.    Whenever I hear “Footstep of Jesus” this poem flashes in my head.  I hope this project humbly submitted will also touch a chord within you and bring a blessing to your life.

There are several versions (and a lot of controversy surround each) of the poem – prayer – song.   Take a look at them and see which touches you the most.

This project is a great way to showcase some of your vacation shells.  It makes a great older children’s craft.  It allows for a lot of leeway in personalizing this project – no two will be the same.

Way back last year I saw a Footprints craft project (which I loved) on Oriental Trading Co.’s website (which I love more!) and of course wanted to make one.  As I don’t really want 12 Footprints Poems, nor do I really want to pay for 12 and only use one- I put my lil’ noggin’ to work.  And after some thought and prayer this project surfaced!

Here’s Oriental Trading’s project:


And then here’s mine:


Footprints In The Sand Wall Hanging


  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 2 corn on the cob skewers
  • Raffia
  • Earth tone colored cardstock (12”x12”)
  • Cardboard (about 6”x12”)
  • Light tan/sand/parchment look paper
  • Shells/sand dollars/starfish (1 mm to 1 inch)

Also Needed

  • Small garden snips
  • Cool melt glue gun
  • Glue Dots (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • Color printer


Project Instructions

Assemble the Frame:

  1. Take 2 bamboo skewers and 2 corn-on- the cob skewers and carefully trim the pointed edges with heavy shears, wire cutters or small garden snips.  Do this step for the children.
  2. Glue them together with a cool melt glue gun or glue dots (safer for children) to for a rectangular frame.
  3.  Lash raffia around the corners.   Choose a color that contrasts with the cardstock.


Prepare the Backing and Poem:

  1. Cut a rectangular piece of earth tone colored cardstock (dark brown, dark rust, cranberry, etc.) to fit the frame (about a 6”x12” piece).  Glue it to a heavy piece of cardboard.  Allow to dry then trim the cardboard.
  2. Attach a hanger to the back (loop of raffia, soda can pop top ring, etc.).
  3. Search for a “Footprints Poem in the shape of a foot” (or sandal) on the web.  Copy it into a Word document.
  4. Size the poem to fit within the frame display area (about 4” wide at the widest point and 10” long).  Run a test print to see if it fits.  Repeat as necessary.
  5. Bold the text and change the font color to dark brown (make sure it will show up on the paper shade you choose).
  6. Print out a final copy on light tan/sand or parchment look paper.
  7. Cut out the poem in the shape of a footprint.
  8. Freehand the toes.


Assemble the Project:

  1. Glue the footprint and toes to the cardstock.  Let dry.
  2. Glue the backing face side up to the frame with a cool melt glue gun.  Do this step for children.
  3. Spread a thin layer of glue around the edges of bottom of the footprint and in scattered areas around the toes.  Sprinkle on the 1 mm shells and let dry.
  4. Arrange the larger shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. around the footprint until you are satisfied at how the arrangement looks.  These will look better in odd numbers – sets of 3 or 5.  I call this the “rule of 3”.  Then glue down with a cool melt glue gun.
  5. Glue small shells, etc. on the corners of the frame.  Again apply the “rule of 3”.


Other Options:

  1. If you do not have any tiny shells use sand or tiny pieces of broken shells.  You can even make your own: Double bag a zip lock bag and put larger shells or pieces inside.  Wrap with a dish towel.  On concrete smash the shells with a hammer.  Look at pieces and see if they are small enough.  Repeat if needed.  Do this at your own risk!
  2. Instead of larger shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. use these shapes cut with a personal die cut machine with parchment look paper.  Glue them dark brown cardstock and trim leaving a thin edge of dark brown.  If you choose to use diecuts I would recommend using sand in the place of the tiny shells or skipping this step all together.

I sent out this project praying to the Lord God Our Father will use it to touch the heart of all who see it.  If there is any praise for this project it belong to Him not me.







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