Hearts are the quintessential expression of love. In this post, I’ll show you how to make an adorable, eco-friendly, heart-shaped wreath to dress up your wedding. You can hang them from the doors at your reception to greet your guests, lay them on your sweetheart table for some added pizzazz, or even display them on shepherd’s hooks to line the aisle at your ceremony.
- Utility knife
- Screwdriver or awl
- Metal hanger (dry cleaner hangers work best)
- Spray paint (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
Step 1: Using a utility knife, cut an old cardboard box into small squares measuring approximately 2” x 2”. It helps to cut longer strips first using the knife, then to cut the strips into squares using a pair of scissors. The number of squares needed will depend on the size of your wreath, and don’t worry about making them perfectly square or exactly the same size. Variation in size and shape will add texture and give your wreath fullness.
Step 2: Create a hole in the center of each cardboard square using your awl or a screwdriver. You can spear 3 or 4 squares at a time to speed up the process, just watch your fingers!
Step 3: Untwist the top of your metal hanger to “open” it up. Pull the ends in opposite directions to smooth out any leftover kinks. Begin to “string” the cardboard squares onto the hanger.
Step 4: Bend the wire into a heart shape. Keep stringing the cardboard squares until the wire is almost full, leaving a few inches on either end. Once you’ve finished, twist the ends of the wire together to hold your heart together.
Step 5: (Optional) You can leave your wreath au naturale for a rustic look (especially if light brown goes with your color scheme). Add a large bow or a few long ribbons to blow in the breeze.
Step 6: (Optional) For a more sophisticated finish, consider spray painting your wreath silver or gold. Be sure to spray from all angles to avoid “bald spots,” especially if you’re going to be hanging your wreath.
Because these heart-shaped wreaths are so inexpensive to make, they’re the perfect way to add some romantic décor to your wedding without breaking the bank. They also look great clustered together or spread out across a large area, and because they’re simple to make, you can easily create a dozen or more for your special day.