AKA HEARTS OF WOOD. We’ve gotten a lot of great compliments on our wedding details via the Style Me Pretty feature, and quite a few people loved the hearts we made to stand on during the ceremony so we wouldn’t be wobbling around on the grass in our heels – since height was sort of a requirement for my maids + matrons. Here’s a quick how-to on making “heart stepping stones” of your own. We needed to have 7 smaller hearts and one large heart – this guide will yield that amount with some scrap wood leftover. It cost around $100 total, my dad had all the tools and he bought the plywood which I think was about $50, and the paint and brushes were about $50 also.
- two 4 x 8′ sheets of plywood (I think we used an untreated version)
- tape measure and pencil
- jig saw
- two sawhorses
- 1 gallon of paint, plus a couple rollers and brushes– we used a High Gloss Enamel in Blushing Piglet. It’s a Disney color. The best pinks are Disney.
First, get a round of beers for anyone helping you. Put a sheet of plywood on top of the sawhorses. Next, draw a heart that’s about 2.7′ width x 2′ height in the top left corner (@ first we proportioned out 6 squares on the first plank, which would’ve yielded 2 x 2′ hearts but decided we could make them a little bit wider for better stability). If you are pleased with the first heart’s shape, cut it out by slowly following the outline of the heart with the jig saw. If you need to you can sand the edges of your first heart to make it perfect – once it is, place it on top of the board and trace its’ outline four times. Repeat by cutting out the remaining hearts. We made the large heart out of 2/3 of the second sheet of plywood which left room for 2 smaller hearts.
Once all hearts had been cut and sanded we started to paint them, we probably put 2 – 4 coats on each heart, some of them had those inked markings that had to be coated multiple times to cover. We let them dry in the sun a couple hours.
If you do this project I’d love to see your results/interpretations. I originally wanted to paint my girls’ names on the hearts but figured it would look better plain since they’d be standing on them.
Steven cutting the hearts with the jig saw. When he was finished cutting I’d start sanding the edges to make them more round. With my dad helping it only took about 3 hours on two Sundays in a row.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to help.