Looking for a quick and easy Valentine craft? These heart branches are the most charming holiday decoration and are a great way to add a bright, happy pop of color to your home in the dead of winter. They are super easy to make and there isn’t a lot of supplies and materials needed.
Heart Branches Instructions
Each 3D paper heart requires two cut-out hearts. You can make the hearts all one color or use two different colors.
The hearts can be cut to any size. If you have a heart paper punch, they come in handy but are not necessary. You can always cut the hearts out with a regular pair of scissors. If you have a silhouette or cricket, you could cut up a whole page of hearts in no time at all.
I just used my heart paper punch. I really like this heart punch set. It comes in a set of three different sizes, and they actually get used quite a bit.
1- Gather some long, thin branches.
You can cut them from your yard, your neighbor’s yard or I’m sure you can find some fake branches at the craft store. I just love the look of branches, trees, and plants in my house. (I will admit, it’s the middle of January, and I still have my Christmas tree in my front room-minus the decorations), and I LOVE IT! Some of you may have seen some of my past Christmas trees and how I love decorating a little outside the box.
2- Cut the branches to the desired length.
Prune any unwanted twigs.
3- Cut out cardstock hearts (two per heart).
I used the 2″ heart punch and the middle size punch.
Stack two hearts on top of each other and clip in place.
4-Sew the hearts.
Using a sewing machine start sewing at the BOTTOM TIP of the heart and sew a straight line to the NOTCH OF THE HEART. *****VERY IMPORTANT…DO NOT CUT THE THREAD.
5- Turn the handwheel of your sewing machine so the needle is in the most upright position.
LIFT UP THE PRESSOR FOOT, (this will allow you to pull the thread easily from the bobbin and machine). Gently pull the heart away from the machine to extend the thread about 12 inches.
Cut thread and then cut the threads on the bottom tip of the heart.
To make the heart 3D, separate the hearts and open and fingerpress in place.
6-Now it’s time to apply the hearts to the branches.
Wrap the end of the thread around a branch (I find the little buds are great to tie to) and knot the thread. Clip thread and continue tieing hearts to the branches until you have a sweet centerpiece.
That’s it, pretty simple, right?
Heart Branches Video Tutorial
When it’s springtime, check out my tutorial for making tissue paper blossoms.
Here are some other fun Valentine ideas.
Happy Valentine’s day crafting and remember to keep it SIMPLE!