I finally broke down and put away the Christmas decorations. The tree, too, because this probably isn't an acceptable alternative:
The good thing about putting Christmas decorations away? The feeling of accomplishment! The bad side? You suddenly realize the house looks naked and sad.
Luckily, you are crafty and can make your own decor!
You will need:
(1) Frame (smaller than 12" x 12")
12" x 12" Black textured cardstock
Lots and lots (and I do mean lots) of whitish buttons. They don't need to be the same size or shade of white--different sizes and shades will give your heart greater complexity.
1(a). Make a new insert out of black textured cardstock.
2. My frame didn't have any backing so I used a staple gun to attach the paper to the frame. Skip this step if your frame still has its backing.
3. Use scratch paper to cut out a heart. Trace the heart onto the black cardstock.
4, 5 and 6. Using the pencil line as a guide, start gluing buttons in place. First fill in the outline, then the center.
7. Finish the first layer. If you have enough buttons, glue in a second layer to cover the spaces between the buttons.
8 and 9. It'll end up looking something like this - but yours will turn out even better!