The season of love is fast approaching – the endcaps in the stores are starting to turn shades of reds and pinks while the smell of chocolate and roses linger in the air. One of my favorite movements recently around Valentine’s Day is not only a romantic love focus but a focus on love of all types. Everyone in your life from friends, family, and your partner are all part of who you can express love to this February. One of the classic treats around Valentines that can help with those different love expressions are the Brachs Candy Hearts. If you want to see another candy heart project with a little history on the sweethearts included – check out this sweethearts wreath post.
Catchy phrases ranging from “KISS ME” to “TTYL” all inspire decorations (and treats) this Valentines. But wait… while looking at the Brach’s website to pick what the hearts will say, I found that they have a “wisecracks” product. They are a sassier version of candy hearts with phrases like “FRND ZONE”, “Salty”, and “SHH”. YES PLEASE! I am already brainstorming a fun way to incorporate the sayings into a decoration or the candy itself into a treat. If you have a preference on a wisecracking candy heart decoration or treat, comment below!
These were fun hearts to make! Check out how I did it below.
- 1/4 inch birch plywood
- Electric Drill
- Chalk or Matte Paint in pastel colors (my favorite is pink)
- Red Vinyl for Cricut**
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Cricut Machine
Start by drawing or tracing a heart on the plywood using the pencil and cut it out using the scroll-saw. Use the sandpaper to smooth the cut sides of the plywood. I like to take a slightly damp paper towel to remove any dust prior to painting. If you would like to hang the heart, use an electric drill to drill a small hole at the top of the heart.
Paint the front, back, and sides of the heart – let dry.
Using Cricut Design Space, type your desired candy heart words. The font I liked the best was Cricut Sans. It’s fun to test out different fonts so see if there is one you like more! Make sure to scale the size of the words to ensure it will fit on your project. Use the Cricut machine to cut the letters out. Utilize the transfer tape to get the letters from the vinyl to the wood heart (Cricut has a tutorial on Youtube I recommend watching if you are new to using transfer tape).
Slide the ribbon or twine through the hole at the top and hang.
*If you don’t have a scroll-saw, check out your local craft store for a heart that your can use. Or find some cardboard from a recent package and get creative!
**If you don’t have a Cricut machine, check out the stickers at your local craft store.