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Topic: Inexpensive, Giant Valentine/Wedding heart decoration  (Read 1356 times)
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« on: January 01, 2012 10:45:31 AM »

I spend the winter in a retirement community in Florida so I often help with the clubhouse decorations for special occasions.  For several years we've used a huge Valentine heart I've designed.  It was one of those occasions where my hubby said, 'It won't work.".   BET ME!  Isn't it great to prove a guy wrong?

He helped me in the construction but it really wasn't difficult.  It consists of 3 strips of vinyl lattice trim.  After we stacked 2 strips & drilled 2 holes in one end, we used bolts & nuts to fasten them together.  We then drilled two holes in the other end of the 2 strips.  Laying them on edge, we separated the 2 strips & bent them around to make a heart shape.  We used a 90 degree metal bracket to fasten the bottom end---again with nuts & bolts.

This looked great laying down but was too flimsy to hang upright so we fastened a 3rd lattice strip across the top for stability.  I simply wired it on because I wanted it to dismantle easily, altho I could have used more brackets.  We draped & wrapped tulle or nylon netting around the framework & trimmed it with flowers & ribbons.  We've given it a different look for different years.  I printed a banner that taped to the crossbrace to disguise it (Can you see it?).  

It's extremely lightweight so we were able to tie thin wire to the crossbrace (fishing line would work equally well) to hang it from the ceiling.  Since it hangs free, we moved it aside & positioned our couples behind it for a photo op.

The lattice strips cost only a few dollars at Home Depot.  The tulle was by far the most expensive part of the project but it was inexpensive for the look we achieved.  

Done in the bride's colors & with a banner giving the couple's names, this would also be great as a wedding decoration---either hung against a wall or across a corner as ours was.  

I'm sorry if I wasn't articulate enough in my description.  I've done a bit of research (Checked with the Boss) & found that I was using the wrong term.  I've corrected it & added photos.  Hopefully, this will explain it more clearly.

The term I should have been using is LATTICE.  These are available at Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. as vinyl lattice trim.  They are vinyl coated strips with a polyresin core.  We bought three 8ft strips that were about 1&1/4 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.  I'm guessing at that measurement.
I've made a sample of cardstock (not to scale) of what the framework looks like.  The pics are of the front & back.  The black dots represent the nuts & bolts.  The red pieces are the metal brackets.  We used only the one at the bottom & wired the crossbrace in place. The crossbrace extends beyond the edges of the heart but I think we still had to cut off some of the excess.















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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012 10:57:51 AM »

It's so pretty! It makes a great back drop for photos... just like the one you took Smiley. Good job proving your hubby wrong Wink.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012 05:02:58 PM »

I really like it but can't picture how it goes together, but I'm not sure what a lath strip is. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012 08:39:18 PM »

I really like it but can't picture how it goes together, but I'm not sure what a lath strip is. Smiley

Did this help?  If you have more questions, just ask.  Happy to answer as I can.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2012 08:55:36 PM »

Ahhh now I see!!  That is brilliant!!!
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