I have always loved Valentine's Day. Maybe it's because my middle name is literally Valentine (Yes, Laura Valentine Gummerman. It's on my driver's license, I swear!), but I think it's also because of all the sweets and shades of pink that float around this time of year. I'm a total sucker for it. I've had a lot of fun doing decorations for intimate Valentine's Day dinners in years past, and this year I thought it would be fun to make some hanging decor to hang over our pink breakfast nook table. I love to use the inexpensive faux flowers from dollar stores to make a block of texture, and I thought they would be the perfect choice for a large floating heart above the table.
– faux flowers (I used about 12 bunches total. Pick the big ones—they'll fill the heart faster!)
– hot glue gun
– sheets of styrofoam
– serrated bread knife/electric turkey carver/jig saw to cut the styrofoam
- cup hooks
– clear fishing line
– command hooks
– balsa wood
– glitter paper
First you'll want to trace your heart onto your styrofoam. If you don't feel confident to do this freehand, you can always sketch it out on a large piece of craft paper first and then trace it onto the styrofoam. You can see that in order to fit the size of heart I wanted, I had to cut off a corner of one piece and glue it onto the bottom to fit the tail of the heart. Use your hot glue gun to attach the pieces of styrofoam together to make one solid shape.
Next, use a serrated bread knife, electric turkey carver, or a jig saw to cut out your shape from the styrofoam. If you go the bread knife route, you may want to wait to glue the pieces together until after you cut them since it's a little rougher on the material. The jig saw cut through the styrofoam like a hot knife through butter, which is another reason I keep telling you guys you should get one!!!!
When your heart is cut out, pull or cut your flowers off of the stems and use the hot glue to attach the flowers directly onto the heart. Notice how your faux flower is assembled though—sometimes they will fall apart if you cut them off the stem in the wrong area. Since I got three colors of pink for a gradient effect, I filled the lightest flowers in on the top third first, then filled in the bottom third with the darkest, and then completed the middle section last.
You can also cover the sides with flowers if you want to, but you'll want to buy smaller varieties in the same color so they don't stick way over the sides and make your shape definition a little mushy.
To hang the heart, I glued a cup hook into the top of each of the heart "humps" and stuck 2 command hooks onto the ceiling where I wanted the heart to hang (about the same distance apart that the cup hooks are). Then I tied the heart to the hooks with fishing wire for an "invisible" look.
I LOVE how this turned out! It's such a big statement piece, and since they are faux flowers, you can leave it up as long as you like or even save it for next year. This would also be really cute as a photo booth backdrop for a Valentine's Day party. Hope you find an occasion to make this pretty project! I totally won't blame you if the 14th comes and goes and you just "forget" to take this one down…xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.