How to make your own Valentine’s Day Tree Decoration

This tutorial is a fun way to make a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day decoration for your own home. It’s the perfect addition to the holiday of love.

Today is the first post ever for the Handcrafted Society. We are a group of bloggers who share a love for handcrafted items. We gather together once a month and share our creative ideas with you all using the same theme or materials.

If you are coming over from Kim’s @perfectingplaces I am sure you loved her sweet hearts sewn and framed so beautifully.

Now that your Christmas decorations are down, it’s time to find a creative way to add a romantic touch to your home this Valentine’s Day. A beautiful and unique tree adorned with handmade 3D hearts could be just the project for you. You only need a few supplies and lots of love! In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a stunning Valentine’s tree that will make a great living room table decoration or a thoughtful gift for a friend. With my step-by-step instructions and tips on crafting perfect 3D hearts out of paper.

Valentine's Day tree with 3D hearts for your dining room table

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Supply list to make a Valentine’s Day tree

  • A few branches from a tree, or you can use an artificial tree, maybe even a pink tree
  • A container to put your tree in (I used a birch bark vase) 
  • A can of matte white spray paint 
  • An assortment of Valentine’s Day papers or cardstock 
  • A heart cutout 
  • Glue gun
  • Baker’s twine 
  • Scissors
  • Spanish moss
  • Block of styrofoam 

You can use one of my affiliate links to purchase these supplies, or you may be able to find them at Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby.



Instructions to make your sweet valentine’s tree

  • First, you need to decide which kind of tree you are going to use. Then, as I said earlier, you can create your tree like I did, using tree branches and twigs. Or, if you want a smaller tree, you can use one of your small artificial trees from Christmas. The dollar store also sells cute small white trees. It’s kind of like creating a Valentine’s Day Christmas tree.
  • If you create a tree out of branches, you can use them naturally or paint them white as I did.
Pink Christmas Tree- Valentine's Day Tree
Tree branches painted white for making a Valentine's Day Tree

Prepare your styrofoam for your Valentine’s Day tree

  • Next, you need to cut your styrofoam into smaller blocks. Stack them and hot glue them into your container. You may be able to pick up styrofoam blocks at the dollar store for an inexpensive price.
  • Now you can insert your branches into the styrofoam to create your tree.
  • If you are using an artificial tree or a small Christmas tree, remove the stand and insert the tree trunk into the styrofoam.
  • You can add extra glue around the base of the branches or tree trunk for security.
  • Use Spanish moss around the bottom base of the branches to cover the styrofoam.
Styrofoam inside of birch vase- making a Valentine's Day Tree
White branches inserted into styrofoam in a vase - Valentine's Day Tree
Spanish Moss put inside of the bottom of a vase to cover styrofoam -Valentine's Day Tree

Preparing the 3D hearts

  • I used a die cut to create my heart shapes from paper and cardstock. I even had the cutest assistant helping me.
  • We chose to use soft pinks and neutral colors for our hearts. You can make red hearts, white hearts, or whatever color you want.
  • I have sixty 3D hearts on my tree; each 3D heart takes three paper hearts. In total, you need to cut out a minimum of 90 hearts.
  • Cut a piece of twine that is eight inches long.
heart shaped die cut to cut out hearts  to make a Valentine's Day Tree
Girl punching hearts out of paper
Twine and hearts to make a Valentine's  day tree

Assembling your 3D hearts

  • Choose three paper hearts.
  • Glue the two ends of the twin in the center of one heart.
  • Glue the second heart’s left half onto the first heart’s left side.
  • Fold the right side back over the left side of the second heart.
  • Lastly, glue the back side of the third heart onto the first and second heart.
Paper hearts with twine to create 3D hearts -Valentine's Day Tree
2 Paper hearts glued together to make a 3D heart -Valentine's Day Tree
Paper heart on twine -Valentine's Day Tree

Fold all of the halves of the heart so you have a 3D heart.

3D hearts made out of paper and twine -Valentine's Day Tree

Decorating your tree for some Valentine’s Day decor

Now is the fun part, where you can get creative. You can place these sweet hearts on your tree and call it a day like I did.

Or, you can add some cute additions. Maybe try some wooden hearts, a metal heart ornament, or even some pink ornaments.

Whatever you decide, I am sure it will be beautiful.

Valentine's Day Tree with 3D heart out of paper
3D heart Valentine's Day Tree

Another cute heart idea

Lastly, I wanted to share one more idea.

Remember all those hearts we cut out? Well, I couldn’t bring myself to throw away all the scrap paper.

I knew there had to be something I could make using these bits and pieces.

We took the cutout heart strips and created bookmarks, simple and easy.

Simply glue another piece of paper behind the open hearts.

Trim using a paper cutter.

Punch a hole in the top and add some ribbon.

papers with hearts and ribbon
paper bookmarks made out of scrap paper and ribbon- Valentines Day tree

That about concludes it for me and now you are in for another treat. My friend Michelle @thistlkeylane has created the cutest chinoiserie heart box. It is just the sweetest and would fit so well in my home. So head on over and see what she has created with the heart and paper theme.

As always, I am so grateful that you took the time to stop by.


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  1. What a fun tree Wendy, I especially love it in the kitchen. Very clever, you could do this for most any holiday. I need to add this to the list. Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday.

    1. Thank you, Cara, Yes, I agree you can change the hearts out for almost any decoration for another holiday, I think I will be needing some Easter eggs soon.

  2. This is the CUTEST heart tree ever!! I love it…what a beautiful and elegant decor piece for this season!! Pinned!

  3. What a fun Valentine’s Tree! And I bet you had a great time with your sweet assistant! Pinned 🙂

    1. LOl, I am in the same boat as you today… do much going on and not the ideal day to go on vacation!
      So fu to share not one, but two blog hops with you today!

  4. Brilliant, Wendy! The 3-D hearts really bring the tree to life. And, so beautiful by candlelight! Thanks so much for organizing the Handcrafted Society! I think we are off to a great start! Pinned!

    1. Thank you Missy. I thought I would never be done with these little heats, LOL. I don’t do little well.
      I agree, I think it was a great start for our first venture. I cant wait for next month.

  5. Wendy, your Valentine tree centerpiece is just gorgeous, and I love how it looks on the counter too! The 3D hearts look so fun to make. I need a cute helper like yours!

    1. Thank you Michelle, it was a fun project. I have a few more of those little helpers, I am sure I can share…. I have 4 granddaughters and another due in April. They love to craft with me, it is so fun.

    1. I so agree, everyone did an amazing job… so fun to see what everyone did.

  6. Such an adorable idea, Wendy. I love it! The hearts are so cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

    1. Thank you Jen, it was a very fun project to do with my granddaughters.

  7. Oh my goodness, Wendy. I am obsessed with your tree. It’s gorgeous!! I pinned it to my valentine board to share. This is so fun!


    1. I see we were both on the same page. I too loved your sweet tree… Thank you so much for joining in on the fun today.

  8. Your tree is gorgeous! Love it on your table with the candle lighting. Every one of you gals did so great — and all with paper and hearts!!! Great team..

    1. Thank you, Diane, it was such a fun project….

  9. Love your Valentines Tree! Can’t wait to see all the things your Society does!

  10. This is fabulous and so beautiful, Wendy. Looks like it walked out of an Anthropologie display. I love the 3D hearts and have to make some myself at some point. Pinning this whole post!!

    1. Thank you Debra, you are so sweet. I am glad you enjoyed the post so m uch.

  11. Wendy, your Valentine tree is just fabulous — the perfect centerpiece for your pretty table! Thank you so much for inviting me to join in the fun of The Handcrafted Society’s inaugural blog hop!! I love all of the creative ideas, and it’s been so much fun!

    1. Thank you, Kim. I am so glad you joined in on the fun, you will have to come back again to join us.

  12. Miche Ortega says:

    So beautiful, festive, and clever!

    1. Thank you so much Miche, I appreciate you stopping by to visit today.

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