We have a big problem around here. There are piles and piles of pictures created by little hands and too beautiful to discard (but many do make it to the trash after much internal struggle and finally self reprimand that I just - can't - keep - everything!) Actually I keep everything in a pile and about 3 or 4 times a year I go through the pile keeping only those that I really love or know that they really loved. It's easier to get rid of things when they've been sitting there for so long.
Using inspiration from this post by Alisa Burke, I thought why not use some of their paintings. They had no problem cutting into them which I sort of was surprised at. First we made a heart template and traced onto their paintings. We could fold them in a way that we ended up getting 6 hearts, all cut at the same time, out of one painting. We used embroidery floss to lay between the hearts and glued with a glue stick.
Next we grabbed the strip basket and picked out some appropriate strips to wrap around just the center of an embroidery hoop. The fabric can be removed later when I need to use my hoop again. The only glue I added was to secure the final end.
I used 4 lengths of yarn to tie around the hoop then brought them all together and knotted to create a way to hang it.
We ended up making 9 string sets of 4 - 5 hearts and tied to the hoop. The photo below only shows 4 of the sets. We were waiting for big sister to get home from school to make more.
One more way to reuse and enjoy some precious paintings!