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Make some creative and eco-friendly Valentine’s Day decor with these charming upcycled cardboard hearts embellished with yarn, scrap cloth, and sheet music.

upcycled cardboard heart craft

Whip up a variety of upcycled hearts – made from cardboard, scrap drop cloth fabric, yarn, twine, and sheet music.

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Why I love this craft

I often challenge myself to make a new craft entirely from supplies I already own. For many reasons, I like to limit my trips to the craft store or dollar store.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy making upcycled crafts so much.

Upcycling doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With just a few simple materials and a bit of creativity, you can transform ordinary items into beautiful works of art.

make a valentine craft from cardboard and craft scraps

For example, you can transform scraps of cardboard, drop cloth fabric, and yarn into a beautiful Valentine’s Day craft.

Video Tutorial

Watch this quick video tutorial to see how this craft came together:

hearts made from cardboard scrap fabric and yarn
upcycled heart vase filler craft

Upcycled Hearts

Yield: 1 craft
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Make some creative and eco-friendly Valentine's Day decor with these charming upcycled hearts made from cardboard, yarn, and scrap cloth.



  1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this craft.
  2. Draw and Cut Out Heart Shapes: Using a sharpie marker, draw heart shapes on the cardboard. You can make them any size you like use. Use heavy duty craft scissors to cut out the heart shapes. These will serve as the base for your upcycled hearts.
  3. Wrap Yarn and Twine Around the Cardboard Hearts: Apply a small dab of glue in the center of a cardboard heart. Secure the end of the yarn to the glue. Begin wrapping the yarn around
    the cardboard heart, covering the entire surface, adding small dabs of hot glue as you go. Once you reach the end, secure the yarn with another dab of glue. TIP: a silicone fingertip protector can be quite helpful here. hot glue rows of ribbon and twine around cardboard heart
  4. Cover Hearts with Drop Cloth Fabric: Use a pen to trace a heart onto the drop cloth fabric - about 1/4-inch wider than your cardboard template in all directions. Cut out the fabric heart. Pinch the edges of the fabric heart with your thumb and pointer finger, and gently pull to fray the edges. Add a thin line of hot glue around the edge of of a cardboard heart, and then center the fabric heart over the hot glue. Repeat this process on the other side of the heart. cut out heart shape from drop cloth fabric and hot glue to the cardboard heart
  5. Make Corrugated Hearts: Use a finger to add a small amount of water to one side of a cardboard heart. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then gently peel away the wet top cardboard layer, leaving the corrugated middle in place. Use a paint brush with a small amount of paint to "dry brush" a weathered paint finish onto the corrugated surface. Cover the back of the heart with drop cloth fabric (see step 4). gently peel top layer from cardboard heart and then paint the corrugated layer
  6. Make Sheet Music Hearts: Trace and cut out a cardboard heart onto sheet music scrapbook paper. Add a thin line of hot glue around the edge of of a cardboard heart, and then center the paper heart over the hot glue. Cover the back of the heart with drop cloth fabric (see step 4).

**Feel free to get creative and embellish your hearts with anything you like, of whatever you have lying around in your craft stash.

The finished upcycled hearts

upcycled cardboard hearts

I simply styled my cardboard hearts in a dough bowl on the table behind our couch. But feel free to use these adorable hearts as decorations, gifts, or even as part of a larger art project like a garland.

upcycled heart vase filler craft

Don’t Forget to PIN these Cardboard Hearts for Later:

upcycled heart craft from scraps
DIY upcycled cardboard heart craft

One Comment

  1. I like all your ideas. They are easy and some things the grandchildren like doing. I agree it’s much better to use stuff you have on hand. Thank you.

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