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DIY Valentine Decor – Wooden Heart

Hey there!! I am so excited to be teaming up today with a few other amazing bloggers to bring you a Heart Attack!! My project is a piece of DIY Valentine decor heart that you can easily make too!

As a matter of fact, we have all created a project just in time for Valentine’s Day that you could make as well for yourself or someone you want to show some love to!! Make sure and check out the links below and see ALL the projects…there are some pretty cool ones!! Also, you can join in on the fun by hash-tagging your creations #makersheartattack!

DIY Valentine Decor - Wooden Heart
image for maker's heart attack

Alright, so for the reveal of my Valentine’s Day project, I made a heart…and I could not figure out how to finish it, I wanted it to scream Valentine’s Day, but at the same time, I couldn’t bring myself to paint it! So originally it looked like this!

DIY Valentine Decor wooden heart

Isn’t she cute? Okay, now I see where that missing piece goes!! Lol!! I flipped it over to attach the rope and had a spare piece laying on the counter that I guess I forgot to glue, I looked quick and was like, “Must have been an extra!!” Oh no, it wasn’t!! 🤭

I truly like the exciting new colors I gave the Valentine heart when I made some Valentine Gnomes the other day! I love the two of them as a pair of the cutest Valentine decor ever!

Valentine Decor - three gnomes and a wooden heart

Want to see all the other Valentine decor that was created, here are the links to check out the awesome projects of everyone else who joined in the fun!!

Mindi – My Love 2 Create

Jaime – That’s My Letter

Sheri – Hazel and Gold Designs

Sarah – The Created Home

It sure does seem like since the new year started, I have wanted to avoid all my large projects, and just do small organizing and decorative projects…which I have thousands of these types of small projects that need to be done as well so it’s really not a waste of my time!! LOL!! 

When I was asked about joining this group to make some sort of Valentine’s project I was super excited!! I could just step into the garage for an hour or two and let my mind dream and there isn’t really a way to mess up, so those really become some of my most enjoyable projects because the stress melts away and disappears when I work on something like this!!

DIY Wooden Heart

As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t decide what finish to do on it…I wanted to be bold and do hot pink or red, but couldn’t bring myself to do it!! Lol!! So, I lightly whitewashed her instead!! Maybe I will update the post with color later!! Update: I sure did add some color! Lol! A little turquoise and pink for the win!

DIY ValentineDecor wooden heart made of dowel rods and gnomes

This was the easiest heart to make but I love that it looks almost complicated at first glance!! It’s made of four different size dowel rods and a scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood!! We’ll get down to the nitty-gritty of it below!!

Gathering Supplies to Make Your Valentine Decor Heart

Materials List to make your Valentine Heart:

2 – 1″ dowel rod (you may not actually need two…I wasted a bunch of my first one trying to find out what size I wanted to make them, lol, but to be safe, I’ll ay grab 2)

1 – 7/8″ dowel rod

1 – 3/4″ dowel rod

1 – 1/2″ dowel rod

scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood roughly 15″ x 15″

scrap piece of 1/4″ plywood roughly 3″ x 3″

Rope or ribbon

wood glue

brad nailer or pin nailer – I used a brad nailer and it works just fine, but a pin nailer would be perfect to use in this instance as the nails are thinner and even leave less of a hole!


hot glue gun or stapler

Making Your DIY Valentine Decor Heart

Set the saw to 50 degrees off square, both ends of the dowel rod will be cut at 50 degrees off square, ends parallel! This is what gives them the long look!

Since I had to cut a bunch of these little fellas all the same length, I just used the clamp that holds a longboard in place and clamped a piece of wood there to be my stop so I could cut a bunch the same length, without measuring!!

I cut about 40 of the 1″ dowel rod pieces! Then line them up around the edge, glue, and brad nail!

DIY Woorden Heart

I did the same thing with the 7/8″ dowel rod, the 3/4″ dowel rod, and last the 1/2″ dowel rod! All of them are cut the same length as the 1″! You can leave the block in place on your saw until you finish cutting all the dowel rods!

DIY Wooden HEart

As I worked my way to the middle it got a wee bit mumbo jumbo, so that is when I decided on a small heart in the middle…to cover up my not-so-well thought out plan!! Ha!! I just cut it out of 1/4″ plywood with my jig saw and gave it a little sand….and then glued it in place!!

DIY Wooden HEart

I flipped it over and first super glued the rope, but it wasn’t working so well, so I hot glued that baby and it worked great!! Bing-Bang-Boom-Done! Hang that sucker up and enjoy your oh so simple project that everyone will think you spent days on!! Lol!!

DIY Wooden Heart

Can you believe it’s already February?! Where does the time go? Hope you make the most of it and are able to enjoy Valentine’s Day with someone you love, and while you are at it, make sure and enjoy the whole month!!😉

Happy Building!

Cara - The Inspired Workshop signature says XOXO, Cara

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