Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Pipe Cleaner Hearts

If you're looking for a simple and cheap DIY project for Valentine's Day, look no further than these pipe cleaner hearts. Each one takes approximately 30 seconds to make and can be used as a martini glass garnish, a napkin ring, a festive embellishment to a wrapped gift, or just a fun holiday decoration around your house.

As promised in our Love Potion Martini post, here is a quick and easy tutorial to create these glittery little hearts. The only supplies you'll need are the pipe cleaners of your choice - I picked these shiny red pipe cleaners up on a whim during a post-Christmas trip to the Dollar Tree, where a pack of 50 was available for only $1! One of our top crafting rules (in addition to saving your scrap paper) is to pick up cheap supplies when you happen to come across them - I didn't have an exact project in mind when I purchased these pipe cleaners, but I knew that they would come in handy. Since they are a Christmas item and are not currently available in stores, I'm really happy that I bought them in December instead of tracking down a more expensive version at a craft store now!

Let's start with your basic heart.

1) Bend your pipe cleaner in half so that it is shaped like a V.

2) Curve the two tops of the V (about an inch on each side) in towards the center so that they overlap.

3) Twist the two ends around each other and pull the twisted part down towards the center of the V. Adjust the tops of the heart so that they have rounded curves.

Next up is the smaller heart on the end of the pipe cleaner - this shape is great to wrap around a martini glass (you can also make a mini heart on each side of the pipe to create a double heart).

1) Bend about 1.5 inches at the bottom of the pipe cleaner (the part that you bend will become the point of the heart).

2) Fold the end of the pipe cleaner back into the stick, and twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the base so that it makes a small circle.

3) Bend the circle so that it creates the heart curves on top.

How will you be using these shiny pipe cleaner hearts to glitz up your Valentine's Day?



  1. how cute are you??? Finally a DIY that I probably can't mess up :-) Thanks for sharing!

    Meet @ the Barre

    1. So glad you like it - it's such an easy little way to spread some Valentine cheer!

  2. Totally fun on a martini glass! And I agree with Amanda, a DIY that I (probably...) won't mess up! :) :)

    1. Haha well I'll admit, my first heart took a little coercing to get the tops properly rounded, but it was smooth sailing from that point on!


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