How to Make a Heart Emoji Wreath
Hello friends! Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just over a week away? 2020 is moving at the pace I move at when presented with the last cupcake on the tray 20 feet away… and that is fast! Today I have a super simple (like ridiculously easy, virtually effortless) Valentine’s Day wreath idea for you, and at the end of this post you’ll find several other bloggers sharing their winter and spring wreaths as well. To be totally honest with you, I 100% recycled my Christmas snowman wreath to make this heart emoji wreath, just added a little flair! You know I am all about reducing, reusing, and recycling. 😉 I did use my Cricut maker to create this project, but it’s so simple that you don’t really need it for this guy. Let’s check him out, shall we? (This post uses affiliate links, and I am also an Amazon associate, earning small commissions for purchases made through my links. Thank you for your support!)
In full disclosure, I am not one for much Valentine’s Day decor. I truly love seeing it in other people’s homes, but after the holidays come and go, and everything is put away, I very much like a clean slate for a while. However, this was a really easy way for me to show a little spirit, and I know my kids love that. I am sure as Wilder gets a little older, I’ll be much more into special holiday decorating again. As you can see, this wreath is the only touch of Valentine’s Day on our porch, unless you count the pink door. I also replaced my dead pink cabbages with pansies… pray for them. I water my indoor plants in the winter, but I can’t seem to get it together to remember porch plants.
Let’s talk about making that wreath now, shall we!
- 3 varied sizes of grapevine wreaths (this set is smaller than mine, but would work.)
- thick crafting wire (this is the one I would suggest, though I used what I had on hand.)
- black vinyl
- red holographic vinyl
- vinyl transfer tape (please read instructions for special note about this)
- Cricut maker (optional)
- Cricut mat (If using a machine)
- wire clippers
The first step is to create the snowman. I love a super simple look of just the outline. This can be created by simply cutting two pieces of craft wire, about 5″ long each.
Weave the wire through the top of the bottom section of the snowman. Make sure you weave it through several strands of grapevine so that it can support the weight. You don’t want to just weave it through one skinny little branch.
Then weave it through the bottom of the middle section of the snowman, pulling the ends tightly.
Twist the ends together. Sorry this photo is a little out of focus… it was hard to hold the wreaths, the twisted ends, and the phone!
Once you have connected these two pieces, repeat the process to connect the head to the snowman body. By this point, it gets a little heavy and awkward to hold, so you may want to lay it down on a flat surface to work.
After all of the pieces are twisted together, it will look like this (minus the scarf- using a photo from my Christmas tour here!).
Once the snowman is hanging where you want him, measure the inside diameter of your wreath to figure out the scale of your eyes. I made mine slightly oversized, and that is definitely a personal choice. Emoji faces are over the top, so I wanted to go big! You also want to use this measurement to figure out how big the smile should be in relation. If you want to use the exact project and dimensions I created, you can find my saved project here if you want to use it. I couldn’t find an image for the smile, so I simply cut a circle out, and then trimmed it with scissors.
Of course, if you don’t have a Cricut machine, you can easily cut these shapes by hand with the vinyl.
After you have the shapes cut, and the excess vinyl trimmed away, you can use transfer tape to move the vinyl from the backing to your surface (wall in my case). I shared all about how to do this process in detail here. Now, here is where I want to make a special note. I am not sure what happened, because I used regular transfer tape, not extra strength, yet it was SUPER strong. If you look closely, you can see it ripped a bit of the smile and I just stuck the piece back on, so there’s a slight imperfection. I figured for a wreath that was staying up for another 2 weeks it wasn’t worth cutting another smile.
With the eyes though, I ran into a much bigger problem. The holographic vinyl is thinner than the regular vinyl, and the transfer tape really adhered to it. When I tried transferring to my wall, it took the red right off of the holographic vinyl, leaving silver showing as you can see below. I did recut the eyes because I couldn’t live with that! (And yes, you can see that I made my face first, then the snowman… you can do whatever floats your boat!!)
After recutting the eyes, I opted not to use transfer tape. Since this was just two pieces, and not intricate lettering that needed to be perfectly placed, it was no big deal.
Once you’ve added your face, you’re all done! Super duper easy, right?
And he makes a very romantic addition to my porch, just enough Valentine’s Day decor for me.
If you like this project, feel free to pin it here.
Now be sure to check out all of the other adorable winter wreaths everyone else created!
Front Door Decorating Ideas – Sanctuary Home Decor // Book Page Wreath – The DIY Mommy // Moss Ball Floral Wreath – Lolly Jane // Floral Winter Wreath – A Blue Nest // Spring Floral Wreath – Jennifer Maune
Simple Spring Wreath – Art of Everyday Living // Coffee Filter Wreath – She Gave It A Go // Minimalistic Spring Wreath – Taryn Whiteaker Designs // How To Make A Spring Wreath – Hallstrom Home // Eucalyptus Wreath – Twelve on Main