Tutorial: Hearts Display with April at Gingerbread.

Although we have four monthly contributors here at The Southern Institute, I wanted to make sure that there was a place here for more of you to share the space. Once or twice a month, I will continue to invite guests to share their inspirational projects. Today, April is with us and I can’t wait to let her have the “floor”. Take it away, April!

Hello, my name is April and I share my projects over at Gingerbread. I’m a wife, mother and general DIY kinda girl. I am constantly drinking coffee, looking fs and a new project I can start. My motto is “make crazy messes and have big adventures”,  and that pretty much sums up my blog! Today I’m sharing a crafty project that involves my collection of heart shaped rocks. I LOVE hearts. I can remember doodling them in school when I was bored. I could cover an entire page with hearts! Now that I’m a mom I tell my two boys to always be on the lookout for heart shape rocks whenever we are outside. I have a small collection that I thought was going to waste just sitting on my bedroom dresser, so I thought it would be a fun idea to showcase them on canvas so I could actually see and enjoy them.

You will need: >> Heart shaped rocks  (really you could use any rock collection that holds special memories for YOU) >> Various colors of paint >> Hot glue gun >> Plain white canvas (I used a 5×7) >> Paint brush

First I painted both sides of rocks with two coats of paint. Then I hot glued my rocks to my canvas. I used a big dollop of hot glue and pressed from both sides of the canvas until the glue is dry. Some of my rocks were larger than others and I wanted to make sure they didn’t fall off. Haha.

I hope you will come over and say hi! I have a link party called Sweet Saturday for all of your crafty goodness, recipes and DIY projects! Thank you Jenny for letting me come say “hi”, I hope you have a great weekend!

april xoxo


  1. kellie says:

    this is awesome!!! the heart shaped rocks are too fun and i love the color combination you chose. we love that song here at our house. we change the last line to ‘you have been my sunshine today’. my son has a rock collection, i bet he would love doing something like this with his favorite ones.

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