Happy February my friends! Today I am sharing some adorable shabby Vintage DIY Valentine Hearts that I made using scrapbooking materials from my craft stash. On Sunday I was in a crafty mood, and I started out with the intention of just making a simple cardboard moss heart. However, when I began gathering my supplies I came across some beautiful vintage style scrapbook papers, Tim Holtz “Paper Dolls” and a few other scrapbooking items that inspired me to make several different shabby-vintage style hearts. *This post contains affiliate links.
Embellished Mossy Heart
Because it was dark and rainy when I was making this pretty cardboard moss heart, I didn’t get photos of the step by step process but it was sooo easy to make. I simply cut out a heart shape from a piece of spare cardboard. Next, I cut a heart shape out of sheet moss just slightly larger that the cardboard, leaving just enough wrap around the edges. Then I simply removed the paper backing from the moss and hot glued the moss to the front and just around the edges on the back. Finally, I embellished the heart with romantic vintage touches.
I always use a lot of velvet ribbon for Christmas, so I just keep it close at hand after the holidays to use in Valentine’s Day vignettes and crafts. I wrapped 1/4 inch red velvet ribbon and twine in random directions around the heart, then hot glued the ends to the back of the heart. I also tied on vintage skeleton key with the prettiest olive green velvet ribbon and a 1 inch red velvet bow on top. I attached my mossy heart to a chippy vintage style mirror, but it could also be used simply as a door or wall hanging.
An antique rose post card and a happy wedding couple chosen from the Tim Holtz “paper dolls” collection are the focal points of the heart. I chose the “Yes, my darling” sticker from the Tim Holtz clippings Sticker book to add extra vintage charm and whimsy. I also used random phrases that I thought suited the paper dolls on the other hearts I am sharing today.
Additional Scrapbook Hearts
Last Valentine’s Day I purchased several 3 heart wall hangings for $1 each at Family Dollar with the intention of giving them some kind of makeover, but I never got around to it. When I was digging around in my craft totes I came across a stack of pretty scrapbooking papers (from Hobby Lobby) and I knew just what to do with the hearts this year!
I began with the idea of just covering the hearts with scrapbook paper and then embellishing them with velvet ribbons, buttons, keys, vintage jewelry and lace. Using a chipboard heart as a template, I traced several hearts on the backs of the scrapbook paper and cut them out. Then I glued them to the front using hot glue (a glue stick would have been fine for this step.)
The scalloped edges on the chipboard hearts were an issue though. My husband was watching me make the hearts, and he actually suggested that I glue lace or ribbon around the edge. Great idea! I discovered this crocheted ribbon at Dollar Tree and have used it over and over in projects. I always pick up a new roll whenever I shop there to make sure I have extra in my craft stash.
For my first heart I layered a burlap heart and a smaller coordinating scrapbook heart. I used a vintage brooch as a focal point. I think it turned out so pretty, and I had intentions of making all the rest of the hearts similarly with vintage jewelry or buttons. When I went back to my craft totes to dig out some embellishments however, I came across the paper dolls and word stickers. About an hour later….
This is what I ended up with (in addition to the larger mossy heart.) I am in LOVE with these hearts and can’t wait to make more! I keep thinking that if we weren’t quarantined and I wasn’t feeling as ill as I am, I probably would have ended up at Hobby Lobby or Joann wasting time and money on some kind of new craft supplies this weekend. Being stuck at home forced me to get creative with what I already had (and had forgotten about!)
Ideas for Styling DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine Hearts
I styled my new hearts on top of my piano in some romantic Valentine’s Day vignettes.
This grouping is like a little scene with the wedding couple and their sweet flower girls.
Of course being a music teacher I love to incorporate musical themes. I also personalized the vignette with a vintage “Lyon” key (my maiden name.) The early 1900’s ruby and pearl bracelet is an estate treasure, along with the tiny gilded grand piano.
“Will you promise never to leave me”
“Loving heart” “Generous and True”
“Your tender heart”
Oh my goodness, this little sweetheart is adorable holding her moss heart “balloon.” A pair of thrifted vintage dogs fit right into this playful vignette.
Valentine’s Day gives me a chance to play around with my shabby-chic and feminine treasures. The soft pink velvet ribbon and French roses scrapbook paper gave this heart such a sweet, shabby chic look.
How to Make DIY-Shabby Valentine Hearts
- Chipboard or cardboard hearts in whatever size you choose. I used 4 inch chip board hearts.
- Hot Glue gun/glue sticks
- Velvet ribbon
- Crocheted ribbon
- Burlap hearts or burlap fabric to cut out hearts
- Various shabby chic style scrapbook papers or vintage sheet music
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls(or vintage photographs or free printables of vintage photographs)
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clippings Sticker Book (you could also type out small messages and print them out)
- Optional: Old key, charms, buttons, jewelry etc.
DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine Hearts Step-by-step:
- Trace hearts on back of scrapbook paper to fit the size of a wood or cardboard hearts you are using.
- Cut out smaller hearts from various scrapbook paper, burlap, or small moss hearts to layer in the center of the larger hearts.
- Glue scrapbook paper heart to the front of the wood/cardboard heart so. I used hot glue but a glue stick would have been fine for this step.
- Cut a piece of crocheted ribbon to fit around the heart. Hot glue the ribbon around the outside of the heart.
- Cut velvet ribbon to make a “stripe” along the center of the heart. Hot glue ends of ribbon on the back of the heart at the top and bottom. (You could just glue it in the center, but I wrapped mine around to the back to hide where the crocheted ribbon seam and glue lined up on the top of the heart.
- Choose any of the vintage photo cut outs to fit on the heart and attach to the center with a dab of glue. If you don’t have a package of the Tim Holtz paper dolls, you can use vintage photos or search for free printables online.
- For a rustic and natural touch, loosely wrap twine or very light metal jewelry wire several times around the heart in random directions. Tie loose ends on the back and affix to the back of the heart with hot glue. I didn’t cover the back, but you could also use felt or another piece of scrapbook paper to make it prettier on the back.
I hope my DIY Shabby-Vintage Valentine hearts have inspired you to make your own. I am sure you can find supplies around your house to make similar ones! Remember that you don’t need wooden hearts, thick cardboard will work fine. If you end up making your own hearts, I would love to hear from you. I am going to make a few more and I also have some ideas for different ways to style the ones I made. I will be sharing those in a fun Valentine’s Day themed blog hop coming up next week, so be sure to stop back by to see what I come up with.
Thanks for visiting today!