36 Valentine's Day Decor Ideas That Will Give You Major Heart Eyes

sideboard with pink champagne party decor
Photo: Carson Downing

Express your affection by creating these simple handmade Valentine's Day decorations. Whether you make our heart decorations or modern Valentine's Day decor, these DIY projects will be loved on February 14 and beyond.

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Playing Card Garland

girl valentine's day banners
Lucy Schaeffer

Be the queen of hearts with this handmade Valentine's Day garland. Simply punch holes at the top of red playing cards ($3, Target). Tie them onto a ribbon garland using pieces of colorful string or ribbon. Hang it alone or display it with a paper heart banner.

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DIY Heart Pillars

valentines dessert decorations
Darcy Miller Designs LLC

Marshmallows on towers work as a modern Valentine's Day party centerpiece. Make foam craft cones food safe by covering them in plastic wrap. Cover a 6-inch square at the bottom of the cone with buttercream frosting. Press heart-shape marshmallows closely to minimize gaps; repeat, working your way up to cover the cone. Top cones with a free printable bow from Darcy Miller. Simply tape it to a toothpick and insert into the cone.

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Clay Love Knots

love knots made of clay
Jason Donnelly

Tie the knot. Literally. These simple clay sculptures sized for display on a shelf or table carry a symbolic message of unbreakable bonds, deep commitment, and forever friendship. The interwoven strands and linked rings of different knots have been used for centuries as pronouncements of love and unity, making them an ideal decoration for Valentine's Day.

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Succulent Heart Planter

succulent heart
Joseph Leaming

This modern Valentine's Day decoration showcases the beauty of succulents. Create a concrete heart and fill it with a variety of plants. Hang your finished succulent heart planter and enjoy it for months to come.

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Bold Balloon Garland

sideboard with pink champagne party decor
Carson Downing

This oversize balloon garland makes a statement. To create your own DIY Valentine's Day decoration, you'll need colorful balloons, fresh flowers, and balloon tape ($5, Party City). The whole project comes together in under an hour.

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Map Wall Art

love art on mantel
Adam Albright

Memorialize a romantic location—like where you met your significant other or the spot of your first kiss—with this DIY Valentine's Day decoration. Apply rubber cement ($1, Target) to both the map and a foam-core board, then press the pieces together. Let dry. Print out the LOVE template. Using tracing paper ($7, Walmart), trace the word in reverse onto watercolor paper. Cut out the letters. Glue the watercolor paper over the map.

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Heart Wall Hanging

valentine's day craft
Lucy Schaeffer

Paper hearts star in this colorful piece of handmade Valentine's Day decor. This easy craft project is perfect for making with kids. Simply fold colorful strips of paper into a heart and glue or staple the sides together. Hang them from colorful ribbon and you're done!

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Golden Photo Mount

valentine's day art paperclip
Cameron Sadeghpour

Bring Valentine's Day romance to any space. Adhere a photo to cardboard or foam core board with a decoupage medium. Coat a flat dowel and a binder clip ($5 for a 30-pack, Walmart) with gold-color spray paint. Glue the binder clip onto the back of the dowel with permanent crafts adhesive. Attach the photo the same way.

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Valentine's Day Love Wall String Art

Love Wall String Art
Jay Wilde

String art looks complicated, but it's actually a fun Valentine's Day decor project that comes together quickly (even with kids involved) and makes a great Valentine's Day gift. Paint a piece of lightweight wood. Trace a heart shape using a pencil, and stencil the outline of the LOVE or another word. Tap thin nails along the lines of the shape and word about 1/2 inch apart. Loop a thin yarn or string from nail to nail until you achieve the desired look.

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DIY Paper Banner

valentine's day banner with x's and o's
Carson Downing

Craft a festive Valentine's Day banner out of pink and gold paper. We cut and hole-punched simple X and O shapes from different shades of pink cardstock and pink glitter paper ($12, Walmart), then strung them up with small gold hearts to separate each XO pairing. A fun banner or garland is a fast and easy way to decorate on a budget.

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Twisted Candles

twisted parrafin candle tapers on wooden candle holders
Carson Downing

A romantic candlelit dinner is a classic way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Set the table with hand-twisted taper candles. Create your own candles using wax tapers and hot water. Look for pink, red, and white candles.

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Glitter Cork Memory Board

bulletin board glitter tape stripes
Adam Albright

A standard bulletin board gets a modern Valentine's Day makeover with decoupage and glitter. Use painters tape and a ruler to mark straight lines, then paint the exposed areas with white latex paint. Remove tape when dry. Then tape around the center strip. Paint it with decoupage medium like Mod Podge ($6, Target), and coat with a thin layer of glitter. Let dry. Use tacks to pin up Valentine's Day cards, quotes, heart decorations, photos, and other remembrances.

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Frilly Paper Flowers

red and pink paper flower bouquet
Tina Rupp

Instead of basic red roses, arrange a bunch of frilly paper flowers. Create a loop with paper-covered floral wire. Stack two mini cupcake liners and three regular liners. Using a needle, make a small hole in the center of the stacked liners. Starting with a mini liner, string it through the looped floral wire. Repeat until the flower is complete. To finish, wrap the stem with floral tape.

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Pink Tulip Wreath

finished pink tulip spring floral wreath
Brie Passano

Create a pretty-in-pink flower wreath that'll last from Valentine's Day until spring. We used bunches of faux tulips and an inexpensive wire wreath form to create this easy door decoration. Make your own easy Valentine's Day decoration in just five steps.

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3-D Card and Centerpiece Display

love notes cards
Marty Baldwin

Create a one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day mantel display with these simple cutout 3-D cards. Print the template onto plain paper, then follow the instructions on the download to cut and fold the cards. These handmade cards are an easy way to add modern Valentine's Day decor to your home.

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Gem Wall Art

wood slice burned diamond
Adam Albright

Don't let jewelry have all the fun this Valentine's Day. This wood slice art will help your walls shine bright. To create, map out a gem shape on a wooden slice with a pencil. Using a wood burner, guide the straight-edge tip along the lines. Tightly secure painters tape around the two right-edge triangle shapes of the gem. Brush on metallic acrylic craft paint ($7, Walmart), remove the tape, and let dry.

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Valentine's Day Vase Display

wedding favor journals used as place setting decor
Adam Albright

Instead of casting off old bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, give them new life as a Valentine's Day decoration for inexpensive vases. Use jewelry or glass glue to secure chains to glass bottles. Try wrapping chains around bottles, outlining shapes, positioning as letters or numbers, or creating other simple designs. When the glue is dry, prime the bottles and paint with high-gloss paint. We chose white, but this collection would look equally stunning in glossy cobalt or yellow.

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Paper Fans

valentine's day desserts table
Tina Rupp

Valentine's Day decor doesn't get easier than this! Above a party buffet or on an empty wall, hang overlapping red paper fans. Attach using double-sided tape. Layer colors and sizes for an interesting piece of modern Valentine's Day decor.

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Easy Cupcake Valentine's Day Bouquet

bouquet of flower cupcakes
Blaine Moats

No flowers? No problem: These edible blooms offer the best of both worlds—centerpiece and Valentine's Day dessert.

First, bake cupcakes and wait to frost. Place florist's foam in the base of a 6-inch pot. Stick wooden skewers into the foam, then set a small foam ball into the pot, firmly setting it on the skewers. Attach unfrosted cupcakes to the ball using cut wooden skewers. (Use two skewers per cupcake so they don't twist.) Tuck green tissue paper between the cupcakes. Pipe a frosting swirl on each cupcake, starting in the center and spiraling out.

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Paper Curls Valentine Wreath

valentine's day paper curls wreath
Adam Albright

A wreath covered with paper curls bursts with the color and spirit of Valentine's Day. Tightly wrap 1x6-inch strips of patterned paper around a pencil to curl. Glue the ends of each curl into a loop, and hot-glue the papers to an 8-inch foam wreath form until the form is covered. Print a Valentine's Day sentiment on patterned paper, back it with a felt circle, and add a white stick for a paper lollipop embellishment.

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Valentine's Day Banner

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Bright colors make this Valentine's Day DIY pop—traditional pink hearts mix with bright orange, yellow, green, and blue patterned fabric on the banner. Trace 16 hearts onto pink patterned fabric; cut out. Use a stencil to paint letters onto the hearts to spell out a sweet phrase (like "Be Mine"). Sew the hearts onto colored fabric squares with fun patterns, attach the squares to red ribbon, and hang across a mantel. Create the LOVE art by spray-painting paper letters various colors; glue onto a plain stretched canvas.

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Stamped Pillow

diy pink stamped pillow
Steven McDonald

Replace your current throw pillows with custom pink covers just in time for Valentine's Day. To create a stamp, etch a carving block or potato with the design of your choice. Coat the stamp with fabric paint and press onto a pillowcase. Let dry and display.

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Pretty Pink Table

dining room valentine's decorations
Jay Wilde

Set a Valentine's Day table that wows. We chose a color palette of bright pink and orange. To get the look, use painted Mason jars and wooden blocks as the centerpiece. Run a simple runner down the length of the table. Use pink paper doilies as place mats. Finish the space with bold paper pom-poms.

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Rope Valentine's Day Wall Art

love rope craft
Steven McDonald

Dress up your mantel or a door with this heartfelt, handmade Valentine's Day decoration. Douse thick natural fiber rope in a mix of 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 cup flour, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup crafts glue, and 1 teaspoon salt. Shape the rope into a word and a frame, laying the design on a piece of plastic wrap. Use light-gauge wire to add stability and to form tight letter shapes. The letters should harden within 24 hours. When dry, attach other embellishments as desired.

Editor's Tip: Write your word on the plastic wrap with a permanent marker to serve as a guide.

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DIY Valentine's Day Bouquet

pink purple flower bouquet
Greg Scheidemann

Handcrafted flower arrangements make the best kind of delivery for a happy Valentine's Day, and they're simpler than you might think. Use a pretty, shiny colander, and tuck a shallow bowl inside. Soak a piece of florist's foam in water; tuck in the bowl. Use three types of romantic flowers in complementary colors; insert stems into the foam, spacing out the colors and foliage.

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Modern Valentine's Day Artwork

valentine's day prints shelf
Kathryn Gamble

Personalize these modern Valentine's Day crafts for shelves and nooks. To craft the collage, cut out repeating shapes from fabric (we used birds and hearts in various sizes) and use spray adhesive to mount on white cardstock; frame. For more advanced crafters, stitch Valentine's Day art on a canvas. Pencil a design, then sew over your drawing using a thick needle (we used a backstitch).

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Tissue Paper Party Garland

pink hanging diy party streamers video still

Wide crepe paper is the key to creating these oversize party streamers. To make your own, you'll need just three items from the crafts store: Pink crepe paper, scissors, and tape. Hang the finished streams with colorful washi tape.

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Valentine's Day Love Pillow

love pillow
Kathryn Gamble

Dress up a plain throw pillow and add a little love to your Valentine's Day decor with this handmade pillow. Add the word love with stencils and fabric paint. Cut out your own letters or buy a set of stencils, available at crafts stores, for a quick design.

Editor's Tip: Alternate colors for each letter or use a different word on the pillow to make the design your own.

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Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

floral decor colored tissue paper
Blaine Moats

No need to buy tissue paper pom-poms! Make your own pom-poms in just four simple steps. Try customizing your Valentine's Day party decorations with patterned or metallic paper.

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Photo Vases

glass bottles photographs plants
Kim Cornelison

Valentine's Day is all about the ones you love. Put them center stage with these sweet photo vases. Gently roll and insert photocopies into assorted glass vases. Add greenery and twine to complete the look.

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Heart Spools Valentine Plaque

heart spools plaque
Mark S. Peterson

Cozy charm spills from this Valentine's Day accent. Spray-paint a heart-shaped wooden plaque a neutral color. Punch various-size circles from patterned paper, and glue them to the tops of vintage or crafts-store wooden spools in various sizes. Adhere the spools to the plaque. Wrap short lengths of thin wooden dowels with patterned paper. Fill the spaces between spools with the embellished dowels.

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Memory Keeper Valentine's Day Table Setting

wedding favor journals used as place setting decor
Tina Rupp

Handcrafted decor makes a perfect Valentine's Day table setting. Inscribe names of family, friends, or guests in the journals, and add a few sentiments, mementos, or memories. Complement the journals with with red and white dishes, pink napkins, a striped table runner, and sparkly glasses and flatware. The casual mix keeps the setting comfortable. Keep a journal for your own valentine thoughts, too.

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Valentine's Day Display Jars

valentine's day gifts jars
Helen Norman

Sweetly displayed trinkets and treats quickly become endearing tabletop ornaments with this no-fuss, no-stress Valentine's Day decor idea. Place sparkly jewelry, a colorful flower, a pretty bonbon, glittery faux gems, pearly stones, or other tiny treasures in a clear votive holder. Top the votive with a valentine-theme paper cupcake liner, and tie in place with colored string. Arrange an assortment of votives on a tray for a festive tabletop display.

Editor's Tip: Use decorated votive holders as pretty packages for valentine gifts.

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Sparkling Pink Candle

candle pink rocks
Jay Wilde

Add a pop of pink to your plain hurricane candle. Get the look by placing a plain white pillar candle ($6, Walmart) in rosy recycled glass. Be sure to use glass that is tumbled for safe handling.

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Fluttering Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

paper hearts wreath
Kim Cornelison

Light and airy papers combine by the dozens to create a colorful, handmade Valentine's Day decorating accent. Use paper punches or scissors to cut hearts from colored vellum and lightweight decorative papers. Curl the cutout hearts by scraping them between your thumb and a butter knife just as you would with curling ribbon. Then layer the hearts on the cardstock base with clear-drying glue. Hang the wreath with ribbon.

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Easy Fabric Bunting

slatted headboard fabric bunting
Jay Wilde

Looking for a lasting Valentine's Day decoration? Make your own fabric bunting garland. This easy sewing project comes together in an afternoon and can be used year after year.

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