Tree of Love

With Winter heavy in the air, the limbs on the trees in my area are bare.  This starkness feels cold, dark and empty…so I thought I’d lighten the mood up a bit with a fun little project.

Our family eats a lot of cheese, and Brook especially likes this kind.  One day she discovered that she could make sweet hearts out of the waxy red packaging.


Brook used the two halves of the wax from a cheese round to make one heart.  Simply warm up the wax in your hands by rolling it into a ball, and then mold the ball into a heart shape.


I loved her recycled wax heart idea so much that I used it to make this tree.



Whenever I see hearts I think of love.  And whenever I see a tree I think of “grow”.


Looking at this tree makes me think:  Going out on a limb, with love in your heart…this love will grow…and glow.








14 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Becky, what a clever idea! Talk about recycling!

    Love your tree too.!


    February 8th, 2014

  2. Gayle

    What a clever, original idea! The little red hearts are just adorable and you’ve finished them perfectly by making them into a tree – LOVE IT!

    February 9th, 2014

  3. Jeanette in Illinois

    What a darling, ingenious tree! How clever of Brook, I can see the apple is next to the tree!
    We eat the same cheese here, think I see a project in the works!
    Thanks for sharing and sending warm, squishy hugs to brighten a winter day!

    February 9th, 2014

  4. laura H

    love the tree. just found an old spool of thread in my in-laws basement. may have to eat some cheese and play. great project Brook and Becky, thanks for sharing. enjoy the weekend, and stay warm.

    February 9th, 2014

  5. It seems that the heart doesn’t fall far from the tree; Brook certainly has your creative gene. How lovely to have a partner to participate in and engineer new designs. I LOVE it!

    We have some of that cheese in the fridge and I’ve asked Tom to use it today’s omelet so that I can make a few hearts.

    I’ve been making fabric photo flowers to boost my spirits during these chilly winter days. They remind me that in a few short months, I’ll watching the first delicate petals push up through the earth. Hallelujah to that!

    As always, thanks for the inspiration,


    February 9th, 2014

  6. Mindy

    I agree with the other comments….like Mother, like daughter. What a cute heart tree!

    February 9th, 2014

  7. How clever! Thank you for sharing this great idea. I have these in my fridge right now. 🙂

    February 9th, 2014

  8. i can see that your daughter is as clever as you are..and as creative. this is ever so sweet. 🙂

    February 9th, 2014

  9. Jani Howe

    Kudos to Brook! And you, Becky! I di have a good laugh about the Babybel hearts! They are so sweet, and dear to my heart, because they are recycled! Good-o, you two clever gals!

    February 9th, 2014

  10. I remember my mother eating that cheese in the 70s – unfortunately I haven´t been as creative as Brook then! Lovely hearts!

    February 10th, 2014

  11. Dorothy C.

    Like mother, like daughter. I’m still making hearts from red foil candy wrappers that you posted about I can’t remember when. Looks like I need to get me some little cheese balls. Thanks to Brook for another fun idea.

    February 10th, 2014

  12. Now this is the perfect upcycle for Red, Hearts and February the month of Love. Truly clever and precious.

    February 11th, 2014

  13. Becky Shander

    Just a quick tip. If you’ll be making some wax hearts, start off by warming up the wax in your hands (roll the wax around and mush it together with your fingers, forming a ball like shape), and then move on to shaping it into a heart. Sorry for not mentioning this detail earlier.

    February 14th, 2014

  14. what a cool and fantastic idea. it’s looking so cute.. those mini hearts! great creation Becky

    May 18th, 2014

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