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Wooden Hearts

On Valentine's Day or any occasion worthy of love: Cue smiles by tucking a few of these wooden hearts into unsuspecting lunch boxes or coat pockets, or dangling one from a doorknob or rearview mirror.

flat wooden hearts in red pink white

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2019

Introduction

Crafts stores stock lots of sizes; simply coat a few with satin-finish paint, attach a ribbon, and slip into secret-admirer mode.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Valentine's Day crafts and handmade gift ideas.

materials

  • Assorted wooden hearts, 1 1/2 to 3 inches (Pictured: Woodworks Ltd. assorted wooden hearts, 1 1/2" to 3" wide, 1/4" thick, from 95¢ each, craftparts.com.)

  • Craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface satin acrylic craft paint, in assorted colors, $2.50 for 2 oz., michaels.com.)

  • Paintbrush

  • Awl (optional)

  • Craft glue (optional)

  • Screw-eye hook (optional) (Pictured: All in One screw eyes, in Gold, 8 mm by 4 mm, $8 for 500, amazon.com.)

  • Cotton ribbon (Pictured: Studio Carta tight-weave cotton ribbon, in Petal, 1/4", $10 for 5 yd., shopangelaliguori.com.)

steps

  1. Paint heart tops and edges; let dry completely, then flip and paint backs. Repeat until color is fully saturated.

  2. Optional: If desired, add a hanging loop: Make a dip in top edge with awl. Add a drop of craft glue; push in screw-eye hook. Let dry. Thread ribbon through hook and tie knot.

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