I love to decorate, at least a bit, for different holidays. Rem and I both like to observe and celebrate things from the mundane to the fantastic. We used to have a seasonal box of stuff that we would put up in and around our apartment for various holidays and occasions. We didn’t always manage to get the Chinese Lanterns or shamrocks in place in time, so now we focus on just a few holidays and Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites.
I’m just a huge fan of hearts. Plump, curvy hearts make me happy. So here is the first of two easy Valentine wreaths you can make.
I saw this on Pinterest (I think I’m going to start using “ISTOP” as an acronym for “I Saw This On Pinterest”), my go-to inspiration site. The one I saw was on oval shape, but the one I made is round. You may remember some heart-shaped ornaments I made using paper strips. These hearts are similar…but different.
For this wreath you will need:
8 strips of double-sided patterned paper (or 16 strips of single-sided patterned paper), 2 inches x 11 inches
adhesive to stick the paper together (if you don’t have double-sided patterned paper) – I like Tombow mono adhesive tape runner
mini glue dots to form hearts and stick hearts to each other
If you are using single-sided patterned paper, you need to glue the strips back-to-back to make 8 strips of double-sided patterned paper. I used my Tombow tape runner but a glue stick would be fine. You’ll want to let it dry for a few minutes before shaping the strips into hearts. Glue all the way to the edges because when you start bending it, the backside will show if it isn’t really glued together well.
Fold each strip in half. That creates the point at the bottom of the heart.
On one end of a strip, put three mini glue dots.
Curve the two ends of the strips inward so they meet, forming the curves at the top of the heart, and the heart cleavage. Press together to adhere. I found it easiest to do this with the paper it’s edge on the table.
Continue to glue all the paper strips into heart shapes.
Once you have all eight hearts, put two glue dots on the side of one heart and press it go another, gluing the hearts together.
I initially tied a ribbon on either side of the top four hearts to hang this wreath, but the wreath started to look distorted. I decided to punch a hole in two different hearts (one to either side of the top, center heart) and string some bakers twine through the hole.
I think so!
Here are a few more Valentine decorations from past posts:
Have you seen this cute, Needle Felted Heart Garland I made? Or this Punched Heart Garland with Vintage Paper? It is a very simple project. The rich colors of these Crayon Wax Paper Hearts are beautiful in a window. One of my all-time favorites are the Heart Strings, which I have up year round.
I’ll post another cute and easy Heart Wreath soon. Thanks for stopping by.