Walking down the aisles of a store from January to mid-February is a bombardment of Valentines gifts, colors, and candies. Tucked away in the aisle is also a piece of nostalgia… Sweethearts. The chalky hard candies with phrases from “Call Me” to “Be Mine” (or the newer additions like “Text Me”) bring back sweet childhood memories.
The candies have evolved quite a bit from the original form. The Smithsonian describes that the candy maker Necco created a version of the current treat when the company started in 1847. It started out as a scalloped shell with a paper fortune in the middle. The red writing was added 14 years later in 1861 by the founder’s brother who invented a machine that could press red vegetable dye into the candy. The shape went through many different forms before settling into its heart shaped delight in the early 1900’s. Even though they have made adjustments to the phrases and flavors, Sweethearts still hold a sentimental place in my Valentines memories.
One of the best ways to feel inspired for us is to wander through a craft store. These wreaths came as a result of a trip to Michaels. It started with the grapevine wreath, then wooden hearts and the vision began to come together. The best part is that everyone can end up with a different vision of the final result! I took inspiration from the conversation hearts while mom wanted love themed designs on her hearts. Even the placement of the items can vary by person. The key to being creative is just to START! Do it with love (yes, Valentine’s pun intended) and have fun making your own version of our Sweetheart Wreaths.
- 2 10 inch Grapevine Wreaths
- 1 package of 1 inch wooden hearts
- 1 package of 1 ½ inch wooden hearts
- Craft smart Chalk Paint: Cherry, White, and Pink Bliss
- Craft smart Satin Paint: Rich Lilac
- Craft smart Metallic Paint: Pink Tourmaline
- Martha Stewart Holographic Glitter Paint: Diamond Dust
- White Chalk Pen
- Red Sharpie
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wired Valentines Ribbon
- Wire Cutters
- Foam Brushes
- Bristle Paint Brushes
Begin by painting the different sized wooden hearts. Dry completely.
If using chalk paint, use a regular brush. Foam brushes can add streaks.
For Conversation Heart Wreath: Use the red sharpie to write different sayings on each of the hearts.
For Valentines Heart Wreath: Get creative with it! Different techniques were used from stippling the outside of the hearts, to using the white chalkboard pen for a stitched look.
Place the hearts on the wreath to determine spacing. Take a photo to reference back to. The hearts will likely fall off while gluing the ones around it so this step helps to keep the arrangement. Use the hot glue gun to place the hearts on the wreath.
Create a bow using the desired wired ribbon and attach it to the wreath using wire. Use the wire to create a hanger on the back top of the wreath.
Hang on a door or wall and enjoy!
Is a bow tutorial something you would be interested in? Comment below if you are!