This easy to make Valentine’s Day Heart Tree is an inexpensive but pretty way to dress up a mantle or side table. It uses branches from your yard and a few Dollar Store supplies and takes just minutes to put together. The finished tree is the perfect way to decorate for Valentine’s Day.
Readers of my blog know that I recycle things from one project to another. I used to decorate year round and had a shed full of boxes to drag out when each new holiday came along. But now that my daughter is grown, the boxes are gone (except for about 14 for Christmas decorations, but that’s another story!) and I get pleasure from making decorations to use for a couple of weeks and then recycle into something else.
I made a heart shaped wall hanging last year and still had the foam hearts that were left over from the project. It was simple for me to just cut the unused part of the hearts into smaller hearts to use for this project.
Making an inexpensive heart tree.
A quick walk around my yard gave me the branches that I wanted. Forsythia bushes have a naturally arching shape and I have a whole row of them in my back yard along a fence line. A quick snip, snip, snip with some garden pruners and I had the branches for my tree.
I needed a container for my tree and they can be expensive to purchase. Since I wanted to keep the cost of this project very low, I had a rummage around my thrift store purchases. What could be better to use as a container for a tree than a watering can?
I have been collecting watering cans for years. I plan to do a wall of them on my deck this summer. This white wire watering can is perfect for the job. It’s pretty grimy right now, but a quick spray with white paint will solve that problem.
I removed all of the buds from my branches and trimmed them so that they would sit in the watering can at a similar height.
Now it’s time for the spray paint. I gave the watering can a spray of white paint and the branches got sprayed gray. It’s amazing what a bit of spray paint will accomplish!
While the paint was drying, I cut out the small hearts for the branches. I had a few small ones that I had purchased (again from the Dollar Tree) that were just the right size. For the remainder, I used the larger foam heart and cut out my own. It’s super easy to do this by just folding a piece of the foam in half and cutting around in a half heart shape. This gives both sides a uniform look.
My watering can is made of wire and has open sides, so I needed something to hide the branches as well as keep them from poking through the bottom of the can. (If your can is solid, you can skip the next steps.) I saved all the off cuts to make a floor for my planter and they would make a good “mosaic” covering.
To make the mosaic floor, I cut a piece of poster board the size of the base of my can and sprayed it with some adhesive. The pieces of left over foam got tacked on over the top and then I finished up with a thin layer of Mod Podge to hold it in place.
I also added a couple of pieces of floral foam to hold the branches in places and some crumpled up pink and white tissue paper to hide the foam, as well.
Time to decorate this Valentine’s Day Decor Project.
Finishing off the project is super easy. I inserted the branches into the foam and then simply hot glued the foam hearts here and there along the branches and inserted them into the watering can in a nice arrangement.
TADA! It’s done. I like the simplicity of it and I LOVE how inexpensive and easy it was to put together. I managed to meet all of the goals that I had for this project: Easy, inexpensive and quick. My kind of project!
For another easy Valentine’s Day Heart Decor project, check out my Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration.
To print out directions for the Valentine’s Day Heart Tree, use the recipe card below.
- 1 Wire watering Can
- Pieces of craft foam
- Small piece of poster board
- 2 piece of pink and white tissue paper
- Branches from a forsythia bush or other branches with a curvy shape
- Gray Spray Paint
- White Spray Paint
- Spray adhesive
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Gather some branches from a bush in your yard that has a curved shape. I used forsythia branches. Remove any buds or leaves and trim to size to fit your watering can.
- Spray the watering can white (mine needed it since it was pretty grimy) and spray the branches gray. Allow them to dry
- Cut small hearts out of a piece of craft foam. Save the left over pieces of foam for the mosaic base of the watering can.
- Cut a piece of poster board to the size of the base of the watering can and add spray adhesive to it. Use the left over foam pieces to cover the poster board, mosaic style. Finish with a thin layer of Mod Podge to hold the pieces in place.
- Place the base in the bottom of the watering can and add a couple of pieces of floral foam to hold the branches and some crumpled up tissue pepper to hide the foam
- Use the hot glue gun and glue the foam hearts to the branches. Insert the branches into the watering can and display.
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