We're hosting a Valentine's party this evening, with a mix of adults and children, couples and singles, and we've unabashedly embraced our inner child for this one. So when I saw Martha Stewart Living this month, I absolutely knew I had to try to make the giant tissue paper heart that graced the cover.
I made a similar version, though I shifted the color palette and made the tissue paper pom-poms myself in a range of sizes (it really is easy and a lot less expensive). I also veered away from arranging the entire thing on the wall. It lost some of its organic nature by doing that, but I simply don't have those kinds of skills! I found it a lot easier to create the layout on the floor first.
To make it, I put two pieces of poster board together and cut a half heart out, then taped the two pieces of poster board together with packing tape, so I had a whole heart. After that, I loosely arranged my pom-poms on the surface of the heart, then attached the wires to the poster board with more packing tape, pushing the pom-poms together so they completely filled the space. Then I attached the heart to my wall using Command Removable Mounting Strips by 3M. I used an entire package of 4 large, 4 medium, and 8 small strips and the heart's been hanging securely for a week now, so I'd say it's a safe bet.
Have a happy heart day - filled with love of all kinds!
Here's a tutorial to make your own tissue paper pom-poms. Just remember to use 4 or 5 layers of tissue instead of 8 (as stated in the directions above).