DIY Newspaper Heart Ornament

This past weekend, I was motivated to craft and I’m excited to share all the fun little projects!!! Let me start by saying it’s been gloomy outside so I focused on cheering projects to liven up our space. It feels a little too early to decorate for spring so my husband suggested Valentine’s Day. That is not an occasion that would normally call for me to embellish our home BUT I could justify a Valentine/Spring theme. That way I could use most of the pieces for Easter and maybe even carry it on through May!!!

Today’s project is a quick and easy one. A do-it-yourself heart ornament.

I saw these when I was returning some overpriced pillow covers I impulsively purchased from West Elm. The ornament was cute and reasonably priced at $5.00 but I have wanted to try decoupage again ever since I made Lily’s artwork so I thought I’d try to make one. {These are no longer available online.}

Inspiration West Elm Heart Ornaments


  • A three-dimensional heart. I used a M&M heart that I purchased from Target. They were on sale for $1 each and they came filled with M&Ms. I consider that a bonus buy!
  • ModPodge (or something similar) – I’d recommend the one with a gloss finish versus a matte to give it that lustrous shine. Pictured is the matte but I used the gloss. I had this on hand but it usually costs $3-4.
  • A paintbrush or foam brush – I purchased a ton of these when they were on sale at Michael’s 20 for $1. My guess is you can get this for 50 cents.
  • Newspaper or an old book pages.
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or Twine to hang the ornament. I used Jute twine.

Unless you have the products on hand, this project could be a break even.

The Instructions:

1. Cut your paper in stripes. I cut mine in approximately 1 x 6 inch strips.

2. Coat the area where you are working with adhesive (ModPodge).

3. Lay the paper on the heart over the adhesive. Just keep repeating this process layering the paper and applying more adhesive as you go. You can see I didn’t give this a lot of thought. I just kept wrapping the paper around. I tried to keep it smooth but didn’t worry too much about it. I did two layers to fully cover the red. Note: Smaller strips will help avoid bumps because they don’t have as much area to cover meaning less curves.

4. Once you have heart covered. Apply a liberal coat of ModPodge. I used my fingers to smooth in the glue and flatten out any bumps.

5. I used a dab of ModPodge to attach the twine and then I placed a small piece of newspaper over the twine to help keep it in place. I coated the piece of newspaper with ModPodge then allowed it to dry.

The Results:

What do you think?  The pictures give slight hints of what is to come!!! I’ll go ahead and give you a sneak peak of what’s on the agenda this week but in no particular order – barring no more family illnesses, teething toddler sleepless nights, flying squirrels in our attic (all of which have been very common) and assuming I can write it all up and upload the pictures.

  • A Valentine/Easter/Spring DIY wreath
  • Refreshed Mantel Décor
  • And my feeble attempt to age/antique picture frames

By the way, all these are fairly inexpensive projects!! I’ll try to include the project costs and inexpensive alternatives for those that are interested.

Thanks for visiting!! I really hope to see you back for more!!



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    • Ammy says:

      I love this, thank you for sharing! I am enimrpeexting with making this with my son’s scribbles but was wondering if you had any other ideas besides something flowery? I saw the previous post about footprints but my ideas are running dry right now trying to think of something more boyish. I am also putting the letters for his name and using a larger size, I think. Nothing is definite yet and I’d love any other ideas you or others have!

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