The first heart I made back in 2010 had a chicken wire frame. It was 5 foot tall and just magnificent. This year I discovered these wire frames that are much easier to work with. I still have and hang the chicken wire heart though, That one is special
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Led outdoor fairy lights about 9.5 meters long
10 foot long piece of 1/2 inch electrical conduit (we had them bend it for us at the hardware store see step 2)
2 - #210 screw eyes
10 inches #14 black chain
2 - 1/8 inch x 1 inch S-hooks
Dark green outdoor spray paint for metal with satin or flat finish
black permanent marker pen
black plastic garbage bag
4 - #10 x 1 inch sheet metal screws
2 - 1/2 inch 2 hole strap
2 inch Deck Mate all purpose screw
50 foot outdoor extension cord or other length as needed
black Gorilla Tape
tools needed: drill, steel punch, needle nose pliers, pliers, screw driver, hammer
Step 2: Bending the Conduit
Step 3: Wrapping the Lights
Hang the heart frame at a convenient height with a bungee cord. Use a clothes pin to anchor the led lights at the second light in from the controller box at either the top on one hump or at the widest part of one side of the heart frame.
Start wrapping on the lights. Try to space them evenly. I looped the plug end through the bungee hook to keep it out of the way as I wrapped.
When you get close to the bungee hook, re-position the heart and keep on wrapping. Tuck the tail end under a previous wrap when you get to the end. I made about 3 circuits around the heart before I got to the end of the light strand.
Step 4: Measure and Mark for the Holes
Repeat 18 1/2" in from the end.
Using a hammer and steel punch, tap a divot into the conduit where the screw eyes will end up being so the heart hangs down from the arm. This keeps the drill from slipping.
Step 5: Drill and Screw
Screw in the screw eyes.
Step 6: Add Chain and Paint
Place the open link of the chain into the screw eye and squeeze it shut.
Repeat with other piece of chain.
Slip one end of an s hook into end of each chain and squeeze shut with pliers.
Take the conduit outside and spray paint it with the dark green spray paint.
Step 7: Add Heart
Hook the open ends of the s-hooks onto the heart frame at the top of the humps.
With pliers, gently squeeze the s-hooks shut taking care to not damage any led lights.
Step 8: Protect the Control Box
I also did this to the led bulb next to this one if it was going to end up hanging too far from the heart. This preserves the integrity of the heart shape when it is shining at night.
Step 9: Protect Control Box
Cut a rectangle out of the double layer of the trash bag that measures 8 inches by 16 inches.
Fold it in half to form an 8 inch square.
Roll in the sides and tape them down to form a sleeve for the control box.
Slip the control box into the sleeve and fold in the ends and tape them around the wires.
Step 10: Secure Control Box
The flashing sequence of these lights tends to change over time, so placing the button facing out is important. You want to be able to press it through the plastic sleeve.
Step 11: Placement
To keep the heart from turning in the wind we placed a 2 inch screw through the conduit into the fence post. This also allowed us to raise the heart a couple more feet in the air over where it would have been if we had let the conduit end sit on the ground.
Step 12: Plug It In!
Step 13: Ta Da!
These heart frames come in sizes as big as 48 inches. Next year I want to add more sizes and to hang some of them in our trees. I also noticed that star shaped frames are available. Sounds like a summer project to me.