Valentine’s Day is observed February 14 and is a celebration of love. A perfect way to celebrate is to wear a t-shirt with a brilliant rhinestone heart. It’s easy to make one of your own with our rhinestone template. Grab yourself a shirt and download the heart template.
First, A Brief History of Valentine’s Day
But as the original Valentine was a martyr how did he become associated with this day? And how did the traditional heart shape come to symbolize love as it bears little resemblance to the human heart?
As with many things steeped in history, there is some legend and mystery surrounding this day. St Valentine was a priest martyred in Rome during Claudius’ reign in the first century. Claudius had outlawed marriages believing the institution was weakening his army. Valentine continued to marry couples in secret and was arrested and put to death for his disobedience.
Fast forward to the 13th and 14th centuries when nature-minded European nobility began noticing bird mating season occurring in February. Some began sending love notes during this bird-mating season and as time passed, the tradition caught on. Later on, February 14th became the day associated with sending these love notes.
Similarly, the use of the heart shape on Valentine’s Day is also steeped in speculation. Some Middle Ages art work provides some clues. Documenti d’amore, a poem by Francesco Barberino, written in the early 1300’s contains an illustration of a cupid throwing heart shapes. Then in the early 15th century, the tapestry “Le don du Coeur” depicted a man holding a small red heart. Soon the heart shape was adopted as a symbol of romance and courtly love.
How to use our rhinestone template
There are two different ways to apply the rhinestones. First, you can use hot fix rhinestones and transfer paper. Lay the rhinestones out on wax paper (or some other non-stick surface.) Place the sticky part of the transfer paper over the rhinestones. Gently press down so the rhinestones stick to the paper. Set the transfer paper with rhinestones on your shirt and use an iron to adhere.
Or you can glue them on using an adhesive. Start by laying the rhinestones out according to the template. Remove one rhinestone from the design. Squeeze a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone in that spot. Using a wax tipped tool or tweezers, press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Continue gluing in this manner. Allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
However, you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a blinged out rhinestone shirt. A heart is easy to replicate with rhinestones and our heart template makes it even easier. You can follow the rhinestone template exactly or you can experiment with different rhinestone sizes and colors.
Finished rhinestone heart measure approximately 4 x 4 inches. Simply download the heart template to get started.
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