We’ve made it to our fourth, and final, Valentine’s Day DIY, but I’ve really saved the best for last (check out the other ones here, here, and here). I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea before but I was so excited to make these conversation heart photo stands that I immediately went to the store to buy a silicone mold so I could make a batch. Honestly, if I had more magnets, I probably would’ve made tons more! Ok, enough with my spewing, let’s get into this.
- 4×4 or 4×6 art photo prints, as many as you want
- plaster of paris
- disposable spoon, bowl, and cold cup of water
- silicone heart mold
- fine grit sanding block
- pastel paint colors & one darker pink
- a flat head paint brush and a fine tipped paint brush
- two small neodymium magnets for each heart
- E6000 glue
Prepare your plaster according to the directions on the container. I always go for a thinner consistency when pouring into molds like this (think like what half & half looks like). Let the hearts dry for 30 mins to an hour, but don’t let them completely dry.
Pop them out of the mold, and gently sand down the bottoms to make them flat and clean up the edges a little bit. This step is optional, but I think it made the hearts look SO MUCH BETTER! Let them dry completely.
Give each heart a couple coats of a pastel paint. I used blue, pink, green, yellow, and white. Once that paint is dry, it’s time to paint on the conversations using the darker pink paint and your fine tipped brush. Here’s a little tip for you: write your words from the inside out! In the photo above I’m writing “love” but I started with “ov” so that I could center them in the middle of the heart. Once you have the middle letters spaced, it’s really easy to letter in the rest of the word.
Once that paint is completely dry, flip your heart over and attach one magnet to the back of your heart. Let the glue dry fully. When you go to display your photo, use the other magnet to sandwich the photo and hold it up.
And there you have it. The easiest (and cutest!) Valentine’s photo stand ever. I love the versatility of these hearts: you can set the photo in the magnets to float off the table, you can set the photo on the table and use the heart merely as a support, or you can just stick these guys all over the fridge with adorable photos of you and your boo! How cute would it be to wake up and see that as you’re reaching for your coffee creamer?! However you use them, they’re sure to be a hit!
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