I’ve wanted to pick up a cardboard heart for this project from the craft store all week but with snow in western Pennsylvania and little ones with colds I just haven’t been able to get to the store. Today I decided that rather than wait for a convenient time to pick up extra supplies I’d use what I had around the house and make something anyway. Quick, easy, cheap and looks cute up on the mantle! Here’s how I made this DIY flower filled cardboard heart.
scrap cardboard (I used an amazon box)
silk flowers, stems removed
utility scissors or exacto knife
hot glue gun
To make the heart, I free handed half a heart onto a sheet of paper and cut that out. This half heart would make each side of the cardboard heart by flipping it over once and ensuring each side of the heart was an even mirror image.
Once my heart was drawn onto the cardboard, I cut it out using some junky craft scissors (don’t use your good fabric scissors- it’ll really dull the blade!). I also cut out two strips of cardboard going against the corrugated lines. Does that make sense? This way those little cardboard lines bend easily to help make the round edge of your heart. My strips were about 2″ wide.
Use your hot glue gun to attach the cardboard strips to the edge of your heart starting at the top middle point. Go all the way around one half of the heart then trim with scissors. Repeat the process being sure to glue the beginning and end edges of each strip to one another.
You’ll end up with something that looks like the above image. Your flowers will hide most of the edges so don’t be too concerned with how this all looks.
Now your form is made! You could make any shape using these steps- a letter, a star etc.
The next step is to just add silk flowers to your hearts content! I glued the edges of the flowers to each other to help them stay where I wanted them and keep them stable.
That’s all there is to it! I think next time I may wrap my cardboard in fabric or ribbon first but I think it’s a sweet decoration item for valentines day or a nursery etc.
If you missed my wood conversation heart diy banner you can find instructions for that here.
Love adding a little pop of spring to our living room!