I’ll start this by saying that just because I made my hearts out of wood, does NOT mean you have to.
In fact, if I wasn’t trying to get in some practice with my scroll saw, I would have made these heart decorations out of cereal boxes.
As it was, I definitely needed the practice.
If you were to make these from cereal boxes, I’d go two layers thick – just to give your heart decorations some rigidity. Glue them together with glue or mod podge and leave under a heavy object until dry.
Because my hearts are made from wood, I did need to paint the edges.
Poke a small hole through the top of the heart on either atrium (that’s heart talk for “the bumps”).
Cut a sheet of scrapbook paper just larger than your heart and glue it in place with mod podge, making sure to spread the glue all the way to the edges.
Flip your heart over and cut around it with an exacto or craft knife. Repeat on the bare side and re-punch the holes through the scrapbook paper.
I had some medium gauge wire lying about from a project that never
worked came to fruition, so I cut a length of it that would allow my heart decoration to hang from a doorknob, and then added half that length more. Cut with wire cutters or floral wire snips.
Wrap the centre section of your wire around a pencil or paintbrush to create a cute coil, leaving enough length behind to still allow your heart to hang from a doorknob.
String your wire with buttons or charms or little paper beads before threading through your heart decorations.
These are so easy and quick for Valentine’s Day decor – totally something you can do with the kids. (except maybe the exacto knife part).
I did have them hanging on the girls’ bedroom doors at first, but I though they looked so cute hanging from my candle holders that I reneged and took them back. What a rotten Mom eh?
Glue a paper pocket on the front and add a sweet Valentine’s note and treat, or leave bare and hang just about anywhere.
If you plan to reuse your heart decorations from year to year, I’d suggest protecting them with something so that the scrapbook paper doesn’t get dirty or scuffed; a light coat of mod podge or clear spray paint will do the trick.
A simple Valentine’s craft made with items you already have on hand – forego the scrapbook paper and melt crayons over your heart, or paint it with dollar store craft paint. Use up some of Grandma’s old buttons by painting them in reds and pinks, or create paper beads by wrapping thin strands of magazine pages around a pin.
Hang them from a chandelier, or create a dozen or so and glue them on to a wreath form.
Valentine’s isn’t my favourite Holiday, but I’m all over the V-Day crafts this year aren’t I?
Have a great one!