Valentine’s Day Craft: Love Letters & Beaded Heart Tutorial

{reposted from last year}

Believe it or not, this entire project cost me less than a gallon of $3.60 gas here in Chicago.
Less than $2.

-gift boxes {yup I ask for them whenever I go shopping}-Free
-magenta colored Christmas picks {70% off at Michaels}-29 cents on sale
-damask fabric that I scored for $1.20/yard at Joann’s Black Friday sale- {used a half a yard}
-scissors, packing tape, and hot glue {had on hand, of course}

1.) First, choose a template of a font for your letters, blow it up on your computer. Print it out  Trace and cut. Or if you have one of those fancy Cricuts or Sils, use those.  I hope one day I will be the proud owner of a studio again and one of those digital cutters  {Or do what I did, freehand}

2.) Then, cut your letters out trying to use the side of the box to make it 3D. {This will be less work for you later}

3.) If you have missing sides, cut the side of the gift boxes and use them as strips.  This is nice because they are all even, and the measuring is done for you.

4.) Use packing tape to adhere the letter to the sides.

5.) For the heart, I simply hot glued the picks I cut down to the front of the letter. Then I cut a strip of fabric the length of the heart and glued it around.

For the letters, I hot glued the fabric, mitering the corners and hot gluing it to the back.

Perfect, because my Valentine’s Day decor budget was $10.

Stay tuned for more projects on the cheap.

If you have valentine’s projects of your own, please share them at my 2012 party!

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Sharing @ Tatertots and Jello


  1. This is great! You would never know to look at this that it is made out of cardboard:)

  2. Krafty Kat says:

    This is just GORGEOUS & so crafty how you saved on your materials! Love it!

  3. arkie says:

    Very cute project! I love your suggestions for using the side of the box! That really would save time! Thanks!

  4. Andrea says:

    Oh my gosh I love it!!!!

  5. Amy ♥ says:

    Too cute!! I love it!!

  6. I really like CHEAP or FREE projects!!!

  7. Jayna Rae says:

    I love it. The damask is very gorgeous, and I loe the variety that the magenta heart adds.

  8. Oh my goodness, this is so cute. Love your fabric choice.

  9. The Mom says:

    Very cute!!! Love it!

  10. Mommy Minded says:

    I love it!

  11. Erin says:

    This is so cool. I love it!

  12. Stuff by Ash says:

    Such a cute clever idea. I LOVE it!!

  13. This is amazing. I love it! I hope you’ll come link it up to my Love Linky. It would make such a great addition!


  14. Lisa says:

    “LOVE” this! I can’t believe you made those letters by hand. I would have taken the easy way out and bought letters from the craft store. It looks so great on the wall that you could keep it up all year!

  15. Dacia says:

    That is super cute!

  16. Susannah says:

    Awesome! I love the idea of using gift boxes. I’ll have to start collecting those. Thanks for the tip!


  17. maleahbliss says:

    Hey there! I got your link up! Sorry about that, my son must have distracted me! I love your love sign! :)

  18. Thanks, ya’ll!

  19. What a great idea! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Jacqueline says:

    That looks really good. I love the how the black and white print makes the reddish pink look so bold! Only 2$ wow! Now that frugal crafting.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I love that black and white fabric, and I love recycled projects! I featured you today on my valentine’s day roundup :)

  22. Allison says:

    Goodness this is a sweet project–I have decoupaged with paper, but this is a great way to get a nice effect with fabric! Would you consider linking this project to the Tell Me Tuesday link party on Vintage Pollyanna?

  23. Hi, Nicolette! I love the fabric you chose for your letters. :) What a great (and inexpensive!!) project. Good job! Thank you so much for the visit and comment on my blog today. :)

  24. Hi!! This is way cute!! I am highlighting you on my top 15 V-day crafts thus far!

    SIMPLE AS 1-2-3

  25. Victoria says:

    What a perfect craft for this tine of year! Love the heart design:)

  26. sarah says:

    Clever !

  27. AllieMakes! says:

    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  28. retrohipmama says:

    too cute! thanks for sharing!

  29. Super cute- Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

  30. Very cute. Love the idea for the berry twigs.
    I’m following you along now. Please visit me when you can. Laura

  31. The Loops says:

    I love it! Get it? The wall looks awesome! I am your newest follower. I’d love for you to follow back!

  32. Amy says:

    That is TOTALLY cute! Love the colors and the idea. Would you consider sharing this and any of your other fun projects here?

  33. This turned out great! Good job. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  34. so pretty Nic…xo

  35. I found you on Tatertots & Jello… so cute, I love damask fabric… it’s so pretty! I’m hosting a LOVE theme linky party. Would love it if you came by and linked up!

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