I have to admit that I don’t ordinarily decorate for Valentine’s Day. I don’t really know why unless I’m still “decorated out” from Christmas! But this year I thought I would do a few craft projects to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit. Besides who doesn’t like soft pinks and pops of red in their home?
I decided to make a Valentine’s Day tree with clay hearts as decoration. It’s really simple and lots of fun to do. If you have children, it’s something you can do together!
First let’s start with the list of supplies that you’ll need to make the hearts and tree:
Baking or wax paper
Air dry clay
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Paints and brushes
Skinny ribbon or twine for hanging the hearts
Spray paint for branch and pot
Ribbon for pot
Hot glue or craft glue for adhering ribbon to pot
Moss or raffia or some other type of filler
Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to get started. First roll out the air dry clay onto the baking paper to about 5 mils thickness. You don’t want it too thin because it may curl a bit and/or break. Next push the cookie cutter down onto the clay. When you release the clay from the cookie cutter be sure to gently smooth out the edges.
Keep going until you have the quantity you want. Then take the skewer and poke a hole through the top of the heart. This is where your ribbon or twine will loop through. Make sure both sides are smooth and that the hole is the same size.
Now it’s time to let the ornaments dry. I put baking paper on a cookie cutter and then add the ornaments. It can take up to three days for these to dry depending on their thickness. Once the top side feels relatively dry flip them over so the other side can dry. Once they’re completely dry it’s time to decorate them!
There are so many different ways you can decorate the hearts. You can use paint only as I did or you can add glitter or glue on other little ornaments. Just use your imagination! I chose to paint one side red and the other side and the edges soft pink. Depending on your paint it could take up to 3 coats to insure there is consistent coverage. Here’s a tip you may not know: once you’ve put a coat of paint on the ornament, wrap the brush in Glad wrap. This will keep it from drying out while you wait for the ornament to dry and you won’t have to wash it until you’re ready to change colors!
When the paint is dry it’s time to add ribbon or twine so that they can hang from the branch. It’s a good idea to decide what you want to use to hang the hearts beforehand so that you make sure the hole is big enough.
Once the ornaments are finished, it’s time to find a good branch to hang them from. Since we live on a few thousand acres, I’ve got plenty to choose from! Once you’ve found one that isn’t too heavy and has lots of little branches to hang your hearts, you’re ready for a bit more painting.
I chose to use white paint for the pot and branch so that they would be neutral. This will make the red and pink of the hearts stand out more. But use any color you like! Once the paint has dried it’s time to put it all together.
Put enough florist foam in the pot to make the branch secure. Then add a filler to cover the foam. I like to use moss but you can use red or pink raffia or anything else that tickles your fancy.
Now that everything is assembled, it’s time to decorate!
This is a fun, easy and inexpensive decoration that you can use for any holiday! I would love to hear how you chose to decorate your Valentine’s Day tree!