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DIY Wood Craft for Valentine’s Day Decor

Neutral Valentine’s Day Wood Banner

Valentine’s Day is a great time to enjoy some simple DIY wood crafts. You can either make heart shaped banner wood pieces from scrap wood, buy them at the dollar store, or refurbish vintage treasures from the thrift store.

Simple DIY projects are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day but I am keeping this particular Valentine’s banner for my own Valentine’s Day decor. Using wood is especially nice for gift giving as wood hearts and more durable than paper hearts would be. I hope you like this fun Valentine’s Day craft idea as much as I do. I made them in soft neutral colors like sage, cream, white, and even a little bit of grey this year. Then I added some lace and shabby chic touches.

I grabbed this vintage wood Valentine banner at the thrift store for $2 and then challenged myself to redo it as cheaply as possible. I knew I wanted a rustic look, that was a little shabby chic.

My original plan was to paint it cream with sage green colored grain stripes in various angles, but then I saw a pack of gorgeous neutral green scrap paper and I went with that instead. The entire pack of paper cost me $7 for 12 sheets, I used one and everything else came from my stash. So the cost is between $3 and $9 depending on your math. I think that’s the perfect budget for a Valentine’s gift, especially when you add some time and love into it.

How to Make a DIY Wood Valentine’s Banner

Craft Supplies

You will need some inexpensive craft supplies.

  • 7 Wood heart forms (Cut from scrap wood pieces, thrift store, or Dollar Tree)
  • Electric drill
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • White or Cream craft paint
  • 1 or 2 sheets of cardstock
  • Pencil and Scissors
  • Green ink pad (optional)
  • Wood glue or Mod Podge
  • Foam brush or small artist brush
  • Hot glue
  • Cut up scrap pieces of fabric, muslin, lace, etc.
  • Buttons
  • Dollar tree raffia, twine, and cord
  • Small free Valentine printables (optional)
  • Thin strong twine
  • Large eyed needle

Choosing your craft supplies. If you follow Pretty DIY Home you know I often talk about the price of craft supplies. If you’re going to buy something inexpensive to fix up, I think it’s important to be cautious with the craft supply budget as well.

For ribbon, fabric, lace, and buttons check out Dollar Tree. They typically have little rolls of fabric and ribbons you can use.

For the card stock, I splurged because I loved my pack and got lots of $7. You could do it cheaper by buying one piece of cardstock or looking online, and downloading and printing something instead.

Step One – Prepare Wood Valentine’s Shapes

Here is my before picture. Because of the bright blue, I suspect my wood hearts were originally from the 80s.

The before image for a thrift store refresh. A valentine banner in blue with polka dot trim and pink letters.

If your Valentine’s heart doesn’t have holes drill a small hole on each side of the heart. The number of Valentine’s wood craft pieces you need depends on how long you want your Valentine’s banner to be. It doesn’t matter how many Valentine wood craft pieces you use, but I suggest an uneven number. This Valentine’s banner came with seven wood pieces.

A pretty graphic with the pretty diy home logo in it.

Note: I have included a step-by-step video tutorial that shows me making, embellishing, stringing, and hanging the Valentine’s decor banner. If you need more specific instructions you will find the video farther down in the blog post.

Whatever Valentine’s heart shape you have begin by sanding it smooth. Hubs sanded mine right down to bare wood so that none of the bright blue paint would show through.

A cream painted wood heart being traced out on sage green cardstock paper.

As my first plan was to paint my hearts, mine are completely repainted. I suggest just painting the sides and edges instead. Let dry.

Step Two – Add the Paper Hearts

Using a pencil trace your wooden hearts out onto the card stock paper. You can use one or two different patterns of craft paper. I chose a sage green and a grey with adorable dragonflies on it.

We want a little bit of the white painted wood heart to show like a border, so cut your paper hearts a little bit smaller than the pencil outline.

Once you have the paper Valentines cut out, run the edge of your scissors along the edge to scruff the paper up a bit. For the grey dragonfly cardstock, I dabbed the edge with some green ink just to add a little color.

A wood craft heart thats painted cream, with a green paper Valentine shape glued to the top.  The green Valentine smaller so their is a cream border showing around it.

You can use Mod Podge or plain white glue and either a paintbrush or a sponge brush to attach the paper heart to the wood heart. Let dry.

Step 3 – Add Valentine’s Day Embellishments

Designing the wood craft Valentine’s banner meant choosing various shabby chic neutral supplies I already had on hand. Hubs laughed at the mess I created searching and digging out what I already had on hand. To be honest I didn’t have much, but worked with what I could find.

Heart shaped wood banner pieces decorated with soft green and cream paper, curling ribbons, paper roses and Valentine shapes.

Begin by adding your largest background embellishment first. Mine was the raffia. Attach it at the back with a dab of hot glue. Then wrap the raffia around to the front, and glue the other end on the back. If a piece is too short grab another piece, don’t glue it on the front.

Next, I cut strips of various fabric and ribbon bits into lengths about 12 inches long. Pushed them beneath the raffia and tied them in a very tight knot around the raffia. Let the length of the ribbon dangle. Repeat for all the wood Valentine’s.

Decide on what other embellishments you have on hand to make your handmade pieces one of a kind. I cut out the dragonflies from the leftover cardstock I had, used some buttons, and some dollar store paper flowers. Other ideas include Valentine’s stickers, cupids, rolled ribbon flowers, and tiny white flowers.

A close up of wood heart pieces decorated with a rustic look for making DIY Valentine day decor banner.

I did 4 wood Valentines in green with cream and white ribbons. For the 3 grey wood Valentines, I added more green in the embellishments. I did not want them to be identical, but similar and cohesive.

Step 4 – Stringing the Wood Valentine Craft Together

The length of your Valentine’s banner will depend on where you’re planning on hanging it. I made some errors making my banner longer than it needed to be. Now I would say measure the distance between where you are going to hang it for Valentine decor, add six inches for swag, and 12 inches at each end for size adjustment.

Using a large-eyed needle, make sure that the holes in the wood hearts are open and not covered with paper or filled in with glue.

Easy to make Valentine's Day decor in neutral colours. A wood craft banner with Valentine's hearts and shabby chic ribbons.

Thread your needle with the twine and place through each wood Valentine starting from the front to back. That will keep the long bit of twine across the back of the Valentine. String all the Valentines onto your twine, and tie both ends with a large knot. Then adjust for placement.

To Make the Banner Craft Hangers

Fold the end of the twine into a U-shape, and using a bundle of ribbons about a foot long tie a know around the twine. Make sure the ribbon is tied very tightly so the knot will not pull through. This allows you to pull the end and adjust the length of your hanging twine.

Repeat on the other end.

Hanging Your New Wood Craft Valentine Decor

Once your Valentine banner is hn=ung do any final adjustments you like. Shorten the twine to adjust the swag depth, and trim the ribbon on each Valentine to the length you like. Separate the valentines so they are an equal distance apart, and finally curl or straighten the ribbon as you like. I use a hair straightener or a curling iron works well for this too.

A dining room cabinet decorated for Valentine's Day with a handmade Valentines day banner. The Valentines banner has wood hearts soft neutral colours and soft sage green.

Step-by-Step Valentine’s Day Decor Banner Tutorial Video

I used buttons, ripped fabric, cut-out bits of fabric, and assorted things I had on hand. If you want to watch the tutorial I have included a video for you with more details.

Don’t forget to pin this for later!

A close up of a Valentine's Day Wood Craft Banner.  And, an image of the Valentine's craft banner hanging on a dining room cabinet.  The Valentine's craft is  heart shaped with wood Valentine's and green and cream embellishments.

Other Wood Crafts for Valentine’s Ideas

Wood crafts keep better than paper crafts do, and have a more mature look to them. Whenever at a garage sale or thrift store, keep an eye out for things you can upcycle. Here are some other wood crafts for Valentine’s Day.

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