Hanging Flower Heart DIY

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
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
cup hooks
balsa wood
glitter paper

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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!!!!

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) I made an arrow and arrow tail out of balsa wood, and then cut pieces of glitter paper the same size and hot glued them all together.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) Once the heart was hanging, I stuck each half of the arrow in opposite ends of the heart, and my work was done!

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

  • This is the cutest! I can’t honestly see myself doing it for my own home for Valentine’s Day (although my anniversary is also on the 13th, so it’s kind of a special time). But perhaps for a special party or my sister’s wedding coming up this summer. Done with different colours it could be really sweet, too.

  • Well, in this case it’s totally fine to melt the styrofoam a bit! As long as the glue and styrofoam cool and bond together, then it doesn’t really matter if it melted the styrofoam a bit since it’s covered up 🙂

    Laura

  • This is sooo cute!! *heart eyes*
    xx Caroline

    https://carolinespassion.wordpress.com

  • This is a beautiful way to decorate for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration! Love it!

    XO – Sarah
    http://beautyandblooms.com/

  • I feel like this could be a fabulous DIY for a Valentine’s themed party, dance or even used as wedding decor! Of course, my wedding was last July and I have no plans on hosting a Valentine’s party, but I might try to recreate this anyway ;).

    Marley
    www.MarleyJustine.com

  • This is such a cute post! So easy and colorful!!!

    https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-heart-magnet-commemorating-a-special-place/

  • I normally don’t like faux flowers, but this is SO charming!

  • This is so adorable! Its only this year I’ve gotten into actually decorating for Valentines day and this is exactly what I’m looking for!

  • I normally don’t like faux flowers, but this is SO charming!

  • What a beautiful (and easy) idea, and I think it fits perfectly into that window! Really like the colour gradient there, well done!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • You’ve changed my mind about artificial flowers, which I usually don’t like. This heart project is absolutely gorgeous!

  • This is so easy, yet so beautiful!!! Wow. Thank you for the inspiration. I’ll definitely put this onto my list of “fun DIY projects” 🙂

    love
    Margot

    www.aheartyhome.com

  • This is amazing!! I can’t wait to try this! 🙂

    Http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

  • Would love to recreate this for Valentine’s day!
    http://teapotsandlemonade.com/

  • Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays too! And I love love love this project!
    I’ve been looking for a new centerpiece to go above my headboard and I think this will be perfect xx

    Mimi
    www.coffeeandsunday.com

  • This is so adorable! You have such an eye for detail and everything you make turns out so well. I love the arrow addition too!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • I would want to do this flower thing to my entire wall!!
    xo
    www.kristinawilde.com

  • I need that heart in my room, so beautiful!

    http://ayellowrain.blogspot.com/

  • This is gorgeous. It would be great just as a centerpiece even if you’re not celebrating Valentines Day.

    http://adaintyfawn.blogspot.co.uk/

  • This is such a cute DIY, and it doesn’t seem like it would take a very long time to complete! Thank you for sharing your idea and the directions!

  • This is so beautiful! I actually want to try this out!
    http://www.meowemily.blogspot.com/2016/02/glamorous-and-romantic-valentines-makeup.html

  • OMG! This looks so amazing :O Going to try it after my exams. This is beaufiful!

    Greets from Germany <3<3<3<3

  • This is beautiful! I just made a small heart wreath with similar flowers, I never thought of going bigger!

    CheyanneFulton.com

  • I named my favorite childhood stuffed animal Valentine. 🙂 After the martyr, but also because my birthday is right near Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  • Wow, This is so beautiful. Very creative.

    Thanks for sharing,
    www.fabulousandbeauty.com

  • This is really cute!

    Question: How did you manage to not melt the styrofoam using hot glue? (Would you recommend a glue gun at a lower setting, maybe, or a specific kind of styrofoam?)

  • Aww this is so beautiful. Makes me want to make one just because.

    http://throughmyowneyes.com/2016/02/05/superbowllook/

  • So pretty! It looks fabulous with your pink table! I think I’ll have to do this and after February it will be perfect to hang in my little girl’s bedroom:)

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