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Follow Your Heart

  • Home Crafts
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • Large and small polystyrene heart shapes
  • Pinflair bookbinding glue
  • Napkin glue
  • Patterned paper napkins
  • A small amount of material, half a fat quarter is plenty


Starting with the larger heart, cut your material into long strips, about ¾ of an inch wide.


Daub a little of Pinflair’s bookbinding glue onto the polystyrene heart, and then wind the material around the heart securing each end with a pin. Apply more glue over the material to secure it as you go (so you can keep repositioning your pins). Continue until all of the heart is covered – the glue should dry clear with a lovely sheen.


The method is different for the smaller heart as this one is decoupaged. Separate the different layers of napkin as you are only going to use the top layer, then either cut or gently tear the napkin into small pieces.


Squeeze a little napkin glue (also available from Pinflair at C&C) into a dish and coat your brush in it, then pick up a piece of the napkin with your brush and lay it on the heart, pasting it down with the glue. Continue until all of the heart is covered.


Top Tip

You can use PVA glue instead, but the napkin glue works best as it’s formulated specifically for working with napkins. Bookbinding glue has a low water content and so it’s much stronger and better for gluing the material, and both glues are waterproof when dry. This is a good opportunity to use up any old scraps of material, or any old napkins – scrunched corners don’t matter!