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I’m sure you guys know by now that I love love. I’m definitely a rose-tinted glasses kind of gal, and even on the Valentine’s Days when I’ve been single I’m totally into all the schmaltz. But I know that there are some of you out there who are all, “It’s a fake holiday created by Hallmark to blah blah blah,” and for all of y’all, I’ve made the perfect Valentine’s Day project. I present: The Anti Conversation Heart Sweater.
- printable heart template
- plain sweatshirt
- freezer paper
- printer (optional)
- alphabet stickers
- craft paint
Make Time: 1 Hour (plus drying time)
Step 1: Use our printable template to print, cut, and trace, or draw your own hearts onto freezer paper. Cut the hearts out of the freezer paper.
Step 2: Place the freezer paper down on the front of the sweater and be sure it’s centered the way you’d like. Gently run a hot iron over the freezer paper to adhere it to the sweater and create a stencil.
Step 3: In each heart, use stickers to create the words that you’d like. Place the stickers down and press firmly. Tip: Run the hot iron over the stickers for a couple of seconds to get them to adhere a little better while you’re painting.
Step 4: Paint each heart a different color, being careful not to pull up the edges of the freezer paper or stickers.
Step 5: First peel away the freezer paper carefully. Then carefully remove each letter with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to wipe your tweezers after each letter to avoid paint smears.
Step 6: You can leave your shirt just like this if you love it! A couple of the colors I chose didn’t contrast enough with the color of the sweater and so they were difficult to read. To remedy it, I painted in the letters with white paint.
Let all the paint dry thoroughly and put that baby on! I showed Ryan the one that said “Hard Pass” and he totally laughed out loud. Mission accomplished. (And by the way, he’s actually the one who suggested “Swipe Left” for all you Tinder fans out there. So what are you gonna put on yours?! xoxo
Photos by Scot Woodman