DIY “I Heart You” Valentine Tree
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Would it be a festive occasion without a little DIY project? AB-solutely not! This year, I decided to make something that I can bring out season after season.

This “I Heart You” tree is a perfect centerpiece for any Valentine’s Day celebration. It’s extremely simple, too! I also doubled it as a candy jar, which Brooksie can’t keep his hands out of. Yeah, I made that one easy for him!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to make your very own Valentine’s tree that can be used year after year:

Materials:

  • White Spray Paint
  • Gold Glitter Spray Paint
  • Multiple colors of Card Stock weight paper in various shades of pink and red
  • Scissors
  • Small paper punch
  • Bone folder (optional, can use dull butter knife)
  • Ruler (I like metal with cork backing)
  • Glue Stick or Rubber Cement
  • Cute light weight cording (I used red & white and pink & white)
  • Mason Jar
  • River Rocks
  • Hershey Valentine Kisses
  • Tree Branch

Instructions:

  1. Find a medium size branch that has a nice shape. Trim off any unnecessary branches, leaves, and/or debris.
  2. Lay out a sheet of Kraft paper to protect your surface, preferably outside or somewhere well-ventilated & cover the branch with white spray paint. It will take several coats and from different angles to insure full coverage. Set aside to dry.
  3. Cut out LOTS of hearts out of the card stock, I used two sizes, you could do more or could only use one size but the variety adds interest.
  4. Using a bone folder or dull butter knife score a folding line at the center of each heart and fold into a 90-degree angle.
  5. Glue like sized hearts one-half to one-half at the 90-degree angle with glues stick or Rubber Cement, hold to secure and continue with either 4 hearts or 5 total. Continue until you have the desired number of hearts.
  6. Once hearts have dried, carefully punch a hole in each and thread with cording and tie off.
  7. Give a quick spray with glitter spray (optional).
  8. Secure your painted branch in the Mason jar with the river rocks and fill the rest of the jar with Hershey Kisses (any Valentine’s candy will do but I like the pink, red, and silver foil of the kisses!)
  9. Adorn the branches with your hearts and there you go!

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