Hello friends! You’re going to love the project I have to share with you today, I know I do. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me you like to add a few decor pieces around the house to decorate for the season of love. My DIY Valentine’s centerpiece is just the item you’re looking for to add a little farmhouse V-day to your home!
I’m so glad you’re here today because it’s time for our monthly Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara of Birdz of a Feather! Each month we join together to bring you a great new project. If you’re coming over from Leanna over at Pretty DIY Home, welcome! Isn’t she so creative?! Stick around after the post where I’ll direct you to the next blog on the tour.
Valentine’s centerpiece supplies:
- 18″ sign wood sign from Dollar Tree
- pack of 3/8″ wooden dowels
- heart template of foam heart from DT
- hack saw
- hot glue gun & glue
- 2-3 assorted fabrics: a fat quarter is plenty
- yarn (use if you only use 2 fabrics)
- sandpaper & an electric sander (optional)
- acrylic paint or wood stain: I used Rust-oleum’s weathered gray stain & polyurethane in one.
Prep & Stain the 18″ Sign
First, you need to sand the 18″ Dollar Tree sign to remove the paint and design that comes on it. It’s easiest to use an electric sander. You can get one on Amazon or at Walmart for about $18. If you don’t want to buy one, sandpaper will work, it just takes a long time! Another option is to buy an 18″ piece of wood that’s about 4″x4″.
Next, paint or stain the sign and three of the wood dowels.
For my project I used two hearts of fabric and one yarn heart. All my husband could find at Walmart on short notice was a Pepto pink, so I decided to use the dusty pink yarn that I used in my farmhouse Valentine’s wreaths for one of my hearts. You’ll need two large hearts and one smaller one to fit in the middle hole on the base. I chose to use the pink yarn on the smaller center hole.
To create a yarn heart you need a heart base that’s sturdier than the foam heart from Dollar Tree that I used as the template of my other hearts. You can either download a heart template that’s about 7″ tall or use the foam heart and just cut it down as you’re cutting the cardboard. That’s what I did.
Place the foam heart on a piece of cardboard and trace around it. I used an Amazon box leftover from Christmas.
Cut the heart out and continue cutting it down until the heart is about 5″ tall. This heart will go in the middle of the Valentine’s centerpiece.
Next, you need to trace the 7″ foam heart onto the fabrics you’re using. I was thinking that I was going to place the cardboard into the fabric, but later decided to stuff the fabric hearts. In the photo I’m tracing a 7″ cardboard heart, but you can just use the foam heart. I traced about 1″ from the cardboard to give myself a bigger heart for stuffing.
Fold the fabric so that you can cut two layers at once, pin it in place, and cut the heart out.
Repeat with your second and fabric and a third if you’d like to have three fabric hearts. If you’re making three fabric hearts, you will need to use the 5″ heart template for one of the fabrics.
Create a Yarn Heart
My Valentine’s centerpiece looks so good with the yarn heart. I’m so glad I decided to make this a mixed media project! I completely recommend it.
First, add hot glue to the point of the cardboard heart and place a dowel on it. I added the dowel after I started to wrap it with yarn, but quickly realized I would need to cover the dowel with the yarn. I placed the dowel about 2″ above the bottom of the heart. Add a bit of tape over the dowel to secure it firmly.
Add a bit of hot glue in the middle of the cardboard heart and place the end of the yarn on it. Begin wrapping the heart with the yarn in a random pattern.
Continue wrapping until the heart is covered. You’ll have a thick heart. Wrap the yarn down to the bottom of the heart and cover the dowel 1-2″ from the bottom of the cardboard, then hot glue it in place.
Since this heart will be in the middle of the centerpiece, it will need to be smaller than the other hearts. Cut the dowel down to 2.5″ from the bottom of the yarn ending point.
Assemble the Fabric Hearts
You need two more hearts to fill the Valentine’s centerpiece if you made the yarn heart.
Flip the fabric so the right sides are out and then pin them together again, with the pins at least an inch from the edge. Lift one side of the fabric and squeeze a line of hot glue 1/4″ from the edge. Press the fabric together. Leave the bottom point open about 2″ for stuffing. If you’d rather, you can sew the two pieces together. I’m not good at sewing curves yet since I’ve only sewn 3 patterns! Plus, I wanted to distress the edge of the fabric for the farmhouse look.
Next, begin stuffing the heart with polyfill. I’ve used cotton balls from Dollar Tree in a pinch. It will need to be filled pretty tight so that it will stand up in the centerpiece.
Once the heart is filled enough to stand, place the dowel in the bottom of the heart all the way up. Glue the fabric edges together and add glue to the dowel under the heart’s fabric point as well.
Next, cut the dowel down to the size you’d like. I wanted to be able to put this on our console table under our mounted TV, so I cut it down to 4.” I used my first heart as a template to cut the second down to the same size.
Pull on any loose threads to distress the fabric hearts a bit. That look is big in farmhouse style decor.
Repeat the process on the second fabric heart.
Drill Holes in the Centerpiece Base
Now you need to drill holes in the 18″ sign.
Measure 3″ from each end and mark the spot in the middle of the base with a pen or pencil.
Next, place the end of a 12″ ruler on one of the 3″ marks. That will place the 6″ mark of the ruler in the middle of the centerpiece base. Mark it with a pencil, but this time closer to the front of the base. That will allow your smaller yarn heart to be in the front of the other two so you can see all three clearly in the Valentine’s centerpiece.
Drill a hole using a 3/8″ bit in all three marks. You don’t need to go all the way through, just about ½”.
Assemble the Valentine’s Centerpiece
All that’s left to do is assemble your Valentine’s centerpiece. Place the hearts, mounted on the dowel, into the holes that you drilled into the 18″ base. Your smallest heart will go in the center and the two of the same size in the outer holes.
Valentine’s Centerpiece Video Tutorial
Now just display your Valentine’s centerpiece for everyone to see! It can be displayed to view from both sides!
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