I love decorating for the holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Last year I made a huge coffee filter wreath and I absolutely love it, but I wanted something a bit smaller for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make an ombre heart wreath. I decided to use mini muffin pan liners to make a smaller version and just how great did this come out?
Ombre Heart Wreath
It is so simple to make this wreath, and you can make it fuller and thicker by using regular cupcake liners. It only takes a few supplies you probably already have around your house and a bit of time.
Supplies for Wreath
- mini cupcake liners or regular cupcake liners
- food coloring (or any colorant you want to use)
- cardboard or chipboard
- Hot glue
- Melting Pot (optional)
- Silhouette Cameo (optional)
- 12×12 Cardstock (optional)
How to Make the Ombre Heart Wreath
The first thing you need to do is pour some water into the bowls you are going to use for the dying of the cupcake liners. You can either partially or completely submerge the liners into the water. The amount of water I used is about 1/2 C. per bowl and then added several drops of food dye until I had the colors I wanted. the more food coloring you add the deeper the end color will be.
Once you have the food color stirred into the water you can add the cupcake liners to the dye, turning them upside down so that the tops are completely submerged. You can completely submerge them if you want but once they are rolled into the florets you will not see much of a difference. At this point, if you choose to keep some of the liners white you will need to wet down the liners in plain water just as you are with the dyed ones. The reason for this is that if you do not, the ridges in the liners will show, giving you a completely different end texture to them.
After they have soaked for a bit, ( mine ranged from 5 – 20 minutes) you are ready to remove them from the dye bath. I took mine out and laid them on a paper towel. then I pulled them apart, leaving them in clumps of two or three, and put them on a baking pan. I put all the colors on the same pan, just being sure the different colors were not touching each other. You can leave them to dry naturally, which may take several days, or you can oven-dry them.
If you are going to dry them in the oven, preheat it to 250° F. You can then pop the tray of liners into the oven for 20 minutes. If they are not quite dry after that, just let them bake for a few more minutes. Once they are dry it is time for the fun to begin.
Forming Your Heart Wreath
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a 12″ heart shape. Then I traced the heart onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Once that is done I used my Melting Pot to melt down some glue sticks so I could just dip my florets into the glue and save myself the constant picking up and putting down the glue gun. How convenient is that?
Once the glue is melted it is time to start rolling the florets and sticking them onto the heart frame. Starting with the red at the top of the heart (or the bottom, the choice is yours) Fold a cupcake liner in half and then roll it around itself to form a “rosebud” shape at the top, leaving a point at the bottom. Fold the bottom of the floret about a third of the way up from the bottom. Dip the folded portion of the floret into the hot glue and stick it onto the top of the heart form. Continue working your way down the heart until you are about a third of the way down. The top third of the heart will use about twice the number of florets as the rest of the sections of your heart.
Use your Pink liners to continue making and attaching the florets to the middle third of the heart, and then finish your heart with the white liners on the bottom of the heart.
Once you are done with the front of your heart it is time to attach the ribbon for hanging. Cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ long. To attach the ribbon, I just put a dab of hot glue onto the center of the upper back of the heart and laid both ends of the ribbon into the hot glue, leaving a loop at the top.
That’s it, your coffee filter style ombre heart is ready to hang. It’s a beautiful piece and will be a great addition to your Valentine’s decor.
Other Great Valentine’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas
You can make this sweet and simple wreath for Valentine’s day with some loopy yarn and hand made pom poms. Check out the tutorial for this adorable wreath at Hello Central Avenue.
Kippi is an amazing crafter, and you can see just how she made this “I Love You” sign for Valentine’s Day as well as these amazing bows on Kippi at Home.
These adorable burlap and wood signs are so cute and you can find complete instructions on DIY Vibes.
This Valentine Heart Wreath was made using old book pages, and it turned out beautifully. Be sure to see how Agnes made this on Just that Perfect Piece.
Michelle over at Our Crafty Mom made this adorable Valentine Gnome wreath and it turned out so cute.
Rebecca from Zucchini Sisters made this farmhouse style burlap wreath.
Be sure to check out how to make this gnome decal you can heat set to any number of items. Olivia Ohern shows you how here.