Wood Bead Wreath DIY in the Shape of a Heart

Since we’re quickly sailing through February, I wanted to share my favorite piece of Valentine’s Day decor, before it’s too late. It’s my easy, DIY wood bead heart wreath. The whole project took about 20 minutes from start to finish and I am obsessed with how it came it out. It’s the perfect subtle nod to the season.

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A few weeks back some of my neighboring gals and I went to lunch and then to check out the Aldi impulse aisle. On that day, nearly all of us came out with one of their Valentine’s Day wreaths. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Aldi, and especially their impulse aisle, but on this day, I went home without one of their festive wreaths. None of them really spoke to me on this occasion and I decided I needed to make something that felt a little more “me” for my front door.

Craft stores are far from where we live this year, so I was determined to make something with things I already had. So, I got out my supplies from my Wooden Bead Wreath with Sweater Pumpkins project to see what I could come up with this time. Quickly, I realized I wanted to make another coat hanger wood bead wreath, but this time, I wanted to play around with making it heart shaped for the season.

I started by putting on my safety goggles and untwisting and straightening my wire coat hanger. I was fortunate to still have one of these on hand, but if you’re having trouble tracking down a wire coat hanger, this pack of 6 on Amazon sells for around $6.00, which even beats out the Walmart prices. For this part, I used a pair of pliers to get some of the kinked points perfectly straight. Don’t worry if the paint chips off while you do this, you’ll never see it under the beads.

I then found the middle point of the wire by folding it in half. I used that fold, as the point in the bottom of my heart and then gently bent each of the sides into a curve until it started to resemble a heart shape. My favorite thing about working with wire like this, is that you can shape and reshape and reshape again until you like it. No commitment (or wasted supplies) until you’re sure it’s exactly how you want it. If you notice, in my photos, I continued to fuss some with my heart shape even after I put the beads on.

The next step is obviously filling up the whole heart with wooden beads. I used these 20mm ones from Amazon, since I already had them from my last wood bead project, but I’m sure this would work with smaller or larger beads, if that’s what you have on hand.

Once I put my beads on and made sure I liked the shape of my heart, I used my pliers to twist the top of the heart together. In all honestly, this relatively easy step proved to be the most time consuming part of the whole project. It took me a whopping minute and a half to twist it right, trim it up with wire cutters and fold it into itself so it wasn’t sharp. Please note my sarcasm, as even this part was unbelievably easy! I was also able to shut off my perfectionism for a few minutes, since I knew I intended to cover up this portion of the wreath with faux greenery and a bow. I didn’t have to worry about appearances here. All I needed was to secure it, so it wouldn’t come undone and tuck the sharp points back towards the beads, so they wouldn’t scratch my door or me.

Next, I used my amazing cordless hot glue gun to attach my faux eucalyptus. Side note, if you have not treated yourself to a cordless hot glue gun, stop reading and order one right now! I cannot express how much this one small purchase has improved my life! I use mine so often that it now lives in my junk drawer in my kitchen. It’s perfect for repairing anything and everything on a day to day basis. And with three little kids in our house, the need to fix things that have broken is quite frequent! This is the cordless hot glue gun that I have and absolutely love.

When it came to the bow for this wreath, I decided to try something new. I really wanted a rustic farmhouse feel, but wasn’t quite sure I wanted burlap this time, which was the closest ribbon I had. So, I immediately thought of my leftover linen fabric from making my Star Shaped Linen Stripe Pillow with Tassels a few posts back. The fabric I used for that was a window curtain panel that I bought at a thrift store and it has been worth its weight in gold, far exceeding its $5.00 price tag. Y’all, I know I’ve said it so much that I sound like a broken record, but I love getting my fabric at the thrift store. It’s the perfect untapped resource. I’m still using my tips from my Ultimate Guide to Thrift Fabric article on a regular basis.

So, I went to my fabric bin and pulled out my scraps. I decided to just cut a strip of it, tie it in a bow and see how I liked it. And, you know what, I loved it! It was the exact look I was after. I even loved the slight fraying of the linen edges and would have definitely paid extra to find ribbon exactly like it. I think I’ve found a new favorite way to have whatever “ribbon” my heart desires on a whim and a quick trip to my fabric bin. Y’all should seriously try it. I think a strip of white cotton fabric would have looked amazing as well and still would have had a subtle fray to it. This time I ended up making two bows, one from a thin strip of fabric and one from a thicker strip. I, ultimately liked the look of the thicker one better, but I’m sure I’ll find the perfect use for the thin one very soon as well.

After a quick affixing of my bow with hot glue, all that remained was adding a string to hang it. I grabbed some twine and tied it to the tops of each side of the heart’s arches and my wreath was done. This project was so unbelievably fast and easy. I wish I’d saved it for a night in with the gals. It would lend itself beautifully to a girls craft night at home! Maybe it will be my Galentine’s event next year.

Wooden Bead Heart Wreath

This piece of rustic decor comes together in about 20 minutes with items you probably already have on hand. It's a perfect option for a Galentine's Day craft night.
Active Time20 minutes
Keyword: craft, decor, diy, heart, Rustic, Valentine’s Day, wood beads, wreath
Yield: 1 wreath
Cost: $5.00

Materials

  • 1 wire hanger
  • wood beads (I used these 20mm natural wooden beads)
  • any faux greenery (I used a few sprigs of faux seeded eucalyptus from Hobby Lobby)
  • Ribbon or fabric scraps for the bow
  • twine or other string to hang it

Equipment

Instructions

  • Use pliers to untwist and straighten the wire coat hanger. Be sure to WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES.
  • Find the middle point by folding the straightened coat hanger in half.
  • Using the fold as the bottom point of your heart, shape the sides gently with your hands into a rough heart shape.
  • Fill the whole wire heart with wood beads.
  • Twist the top middle point of the heart together using pliers. Be sure to WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES.
  • Trim excess wire using your wire cutters and fold any exposed sharp edges back towards the beads using pliers. Be sure to WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES.
  • Use your hot glue gun to attach your faux greenery and bow.
  • Tie your twine or string to the tops of the each side of the heart to hang it.
  • Hang it on your front door and enjoy your new wreath!
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Be sure to let me know when you try this project, how it went below! Happy crafting.

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