Yardstick Heart DIY Tutorial and Valentine Decor


We went directly from Christmas into Valentine’s Day at our house.  A few days after the Christmas came down the Valentine’s went up.  My house always looks so naked after the Christmas comes down that I can’t handle it so I have to put up the Valentine’s Decor.

I’ve had fun the last few weeks tweaking it a bit and adding a few new fun things.  During the holidays I found these fun stars made out of yardsticks on Pinterest and I made a couple for our church Christmas party.

Star out of yardsticks

A few days ago as my husband and I were strolling through  Home Depot (that is what empty nesters do)  I walked by t he yardsticks in the paint department and thought – if I could make a star why not a heart!  So I picked up 3 more yardsticks at 68 cents a piece!  I had red spray paint at home so I was good to go.

Valentine Decor

Yardstick Heart DIY Tutorial

I had Jim cut the 3 yardsticks into 8 pieces. Six pieces that are 12 inch long and two pieces that are 6 inches long.

Valentine Yardstick Heart

I then spray painted then red.

Valentine Yardstick HeartThen play around with the shape and get it just the way you like it.

Valentine Yardstick HeartThen use hot glue to glue the pieces together.  If you want a more distressed look you can sand the pieces.  I suggest doing it before you glue it together rather than after.  I did it after and ended up having to reglue some of the pieces.

Valentine Yardstick Heart

I then wrapped the heart with white lights.  All my lights were packed away with the Christmas stuff in the attic so I bought a 50 strand of lights at Joanne’s.  They have them in the bridal section.

Valentine Decor

I especially like how it looks at night.

Valentine Decor

The lights are definitely optional and it looks great without them too.

Valentine Decor

Which way do you prefer?  With or without lights?

Valentine Decor

I can’t quite decide!  What’s your vote?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Valentine Decor

I think my father in laws old vintage typewriter has taken up permanent residence in my front entry.

I added a few vintage red books along with a few pieces of my milk glass collection.

Valentine Decor

The piece of subway art I had done for the Wedding Carnival was a perfect addition to the Valentine Decor.

Valentine Decor

My love affair with bottle brush trees continues.  I made some Valentine trees by bleaching and dying them.  I’ll have a tutorial on how I did that tomorrow.

Bottle Brush Trees

I love the little banner I hung along the front of the dresser.  I used some vintage Valentine’s I purchased off of eBay last year along with some letters I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo machine.

Valentine Decor

I have a touch of Valentine’s in my family room too.  I had various letters from different projects left over and my red berry wreath worked perfect for the O of LOVE.

Valentine Decor

I love filling different size jars with holiday candy for quick and easy holiday decor!

Valentine DecorThe Valentine printable was on my blog last year and is available here.  My little cupid from Goodwill loves sitting on a cake stand surrounded by love sentiments!

Valentine Decor

Be sure and cast your vote in the comments – with or without lights!??

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    First vote for without! The lights look good, but I’m more candlelight sort of gal. But I love your yardstick heart – I have a few old ones that I may just recycle like this. Found you through the WFMW link – glad I did!

    • says

      Thanks for your vote and glad you found me. I am still undecided. I like it with the lights at night but maybe better without during the day! Maybe I’ll have to make another and switch it out!

  2. Vicki Emmerson says

    With lights is my vote! You have the greatest ideas, thanks for being so willing to share with all of us. Blessings!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I like the lights but think they would look better if they were tiny seed lights :-) or maybe just attach the lights to the back of the heart, then you’d get “the glow” without seeing the cord and lights?

  4. Flo says

    I like it with the lights but I don’t like the white cord. Maybe you could wrap the cord on tape like a cute heart washi tape.


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