Once upon a time………..no but really. Many years ago, and I do mean many, around 25 years to be exact, I made the most gorgeous hand made Angel Wing Christmas ornaments out of Roofing Shingles. It was so long ago, Pinterest didn’t exist, Facebook did not exist, and I had no access to internet at that point, though it may have existed. We read magazines, books, and the Newspaper. Ha Ha I found this idea in one of them. Ok I can just see your face right about now, ‘ did she say roofing shingles?’ Yes, think about the lovely glistening, texture, of a shingle. All that is really missing is a pretty shape and some color. But you are not alone, when I asked my husband to dig a box of shingles out of the garage, he just looked at me, and said nothing. Can you picture it. This time I plan to make a wall hanging, since they are all the rage right now, this won’t exactly be the Boho Chic style, so lets call it, Whimsical-Boho Chic.
Whimsical Boho Hearts Wall Hanging
All of these things are probably in your home now!
- 3 to 4 shingles
- sharp scissors – I used kitchen shears
- a piece of chalk
- a hammer and a screwdriver-or something to make a hole
- ribbon or twine of your choice
- a large stick
- paint of your choosing
COST- $0 dollars
Here is what I mean by a roofing shingle.
I will only be using the top part, not the layered part because it is too thick. Simple separate the top from the bottom with a sharp scissors. Then cut the long piece into smaller workable pieces the size you want. Using a piece of chalk, draw the desired shape on your shingle, and then cut them out and pile them up. I cut out around 21 hearts.
Next I laid mine out on the basement floor and painted them with leftover pink paint from a stencil job I did. Once they dried, I then held a screwdriver on the shingle and hammered it gently to make a hole, that I would thread a ribbon through. Once I brought them back upstairs I lightly brushed on some gold gilding wax to tone down the pink and give the heart an elevated look. I didn’t want it look like a craft, but more a DIY. You can see the gold gild made a huge difference in the tone of the color.
Then I simple pushed the twine through the hole using a skewer, but you could use a large needle, or anything pointy. I choose several sticks that I cut from my daughters yard. I decided on this one with the old, dried up, blooms, I love the look. Then I simple tied them on to the stick one at a time, spacing them as I desired.
This was a simple and easy DIY that cost nothing, because everything I used, I had on hand. If you are looking for a medium to use for some future craft, make sure to consider the roofing shingle, it has a lovely finished look. One thing I will add is, you must consider the weight of the shingles, when choosing your stick. Depending on how many you use, it does start to get heavy. I am in love with the look of this wall hanging.
Rebekah Dempsey is the Creative Director, Stylist and Editor of A Blissful Nest. A site about everything for the home from stylish entertaining to fresh interiors. She has been in the interior design field for 10 years and currently venturing into designing custom made items for the home to help other mommies live a stylish and blissful life.