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3 Handmade Heart-Themed DIYs

by Caitlin Kelch

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The nostalgia of conversation hearts holds a special place in popular culture, and we couldn’t think of a more fun idea to turn into a Valentine-themed DIY. Luckily, we didn’t have too! Beth Salvini, the artist behind Big Fun, specializes in papier mâché and clay sculptures that are handmade in Brooklyn, NY. And she created this adorable project that will bring a big smile to anyone’s face — Conversation Heart Charm Pins. Head over here to get the full instructions and make this Valentine treat for yourself or someone special.

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This next heart-themed project is about as simple and sweet as it gets! Even if you’ve never sewn a stitch, a few studious moments will have you on your way to creating these Chain-of-Heart Napkins with ease. I managed to create six embellished napkins in about two hours after a little practice!

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, a talented book and textile artist, created this DIY for Design*Sponge and it’s always been a reader favorite — especially this time of year. Pick out some pretty napkins, bake or buy a rosewater pound cake and craft these for a lovely Valentine dessert with a friend or loved one. Get the full instructions right here.

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Click through for our final DIY that shows you how to literally wear your heart on your sleeve! It’s beyond easy. –Caitlin

Our third heart-themed DIY is one that’s near and dear to me because it served as my personal introduction to the wonderful world of felting. If you’re in the mood for a nice winter project (beyond a heart-themed one), I totally recommend playing around with wool. Whether you end up felting or just braiding natural yarn, it feels really good to turn wool into anything! This project shows you how to literally wear your heart on your sleeve. You will need a woolfilling kit like this, so I wanted to make sure to write this post way before Valentine’s day to give you a head start. You can find the full tutorial here.

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Happy crafting!

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