While summer is coming to its end – slowly here in Greece, thankfully – I am starting to implement some ideas I had before we started going to the beach. I love beach decor in houses and I saw some super cute heart-shaped craft ideas on Pinterest that were perfect to make with the kids. We gathered a lot of beautiful stone hearts and I thought that they would make some great summer keepsakes as well.
I am not that much of a swim-in-the-sea person but I just love days at the beach. I spend most of the time – when I am not enjoying the sun and sound of the ocean – walking along the beach and looking for things worth picking up. Such things are mainly sea glass pieces, heart-shaped rocks, seashells, driftwood, and so on. My son comes along when he is not in the sea playing, as he is a collector of all things rare and special! So we managed to gather a few pieces and they are just enough to make the things I wanted. Here is how to make the first of the super-easy summer crafts! You can check out the other two DIY summer decors we made here:
The most time-consuming part is finding some nice pebbles in the shape of a heart, naturally. My sweet boy always comes running to give me his hearts as soon as he finds them (and of course my heart melts every single time he does it). And I make sure to give both of my kids a couple of heart stones when I find some. So we ended up with nine colorful heart stones, perfect for our craft idea.
Craft materials needed to make framed stone hearts
- A simple box frame (I preferred a white one, cause: beach!!). It was a very cheap one, to be honest!
- A hot glue gun or some other strong craft glue
- Heart-shaped stones or pebbles you found on the beach (you can buy some online, but I prefer imperfect self-gathered ones!)
- White sturdy cardboard and scissors
Instructions on how to make framed heart pebbles
- Take apart your boxed frame. There should be a filler board inside the frame. Use it as a measure to cut the cardboard to the same size.
- Align your pebbles on the cardboard. You can try to divide it into a grid if it helps you place the pebbles nicely apart.
- Heat up the silicon gun. Glue each pebble to its selected place (this should be made by an adult to keep those little fingers from burning!).
- Reassemble the frame, without using the glazing in front. I inserted the glazing behind the cardboard to keep the whole thing from moving too much.
- And that’s it! You can decorate your frame with some beach decorations, but personally, I like it simple and clean!
I love how this stone hearts craft turned out, it’s really so simple but beautiful and so full of love and memories! The next thing I want to make is a sea glass craft and a seashell craft, both framed to make a set (I bought three identical white frames!!!). So stay tuned for more!!!