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 decoration or a thoughtful gift for a friend. With my step-by-step instructions and tips on crafting perfect 3D hearts out of paper.
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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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fold all of the halves of the heart so you have a 3D heart.
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.
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.
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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