Vintage Style Valentine Door Hanger

Welcome to the first Int'l Bloggers Club challenge of 2020 and this month we are celebrating heart day with a vintage Valentine theme. Making this feminine DIY vintage style Valentine door hanger was all about using what I had on hand. For the last week, we've been in a deep freeze here in the Canadian Prairies. In fact last Wednesday we were the coldest place on earth! The last thing I wanted to do was venture outdoors in -37.8℃ temperatures to buy craft supplies.

Vintage Style Valentine Door Hanger

Vintage Style Valentine Door Hanger

So I went through all my craft bins to see what I could gather to make a simple Valentine door hanger. The supplies to make this easy Valentine craft can be found at the dollar store and/or Michaels. But I've also included links in the supply list if you prefer shopping online.

I didn't have a wooden heart shape on hand so I had to macgyver one. But if you use a readymade wooden heart, this Valentine craft is so quick and easy to make.

DIY Decoupage Heart Door Hanger

If you are new here and haven't heard of the Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of friends from around the globe who come together every month to share a themed DIY project.

We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. I'm from a hamlet east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Home of the Edmonton Oilers NHL Hockey Team and West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. We are a 4-hour drive east of Jasper National Park and 5-hour drive north of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

You'll find links to my talented global friend's vintage Valentine inspired projects at the bottom of the post. For our last challenge in 2019, I gave Dollar Store Wooden Stars a timeworn barn wood patina.

How to make the door hanger

DIY Valentine Door Hanger

A wooden heart shape

Like I mentioned earlier, I ended up making the 6-inch heart shape for the door hanger but you can use a readymade wooden heart available at most craft stores and skip this step.

But if you're interested in a free DIY option and comfortable with power tools, then I've included instructions below on how I made it.

DIY Valentine Door Hanger Wooden Heart

  1. I used a piece of hardboard, a jigsaw, a small bar clamp, and a mouse sander to make it.
  2. First I made a 6-inch heart template with craft paper. For a perfectly symmetrical heart, fold the paper in half and draw one side of the heart shape and cut it out. Make sure to keep the paper with the heart cut out, we'll be using that later. 
  3. Trace the heart onto hardboard or any scrap wood you may have on hand. 
  4. Clamp the wood onto a work surface and cut out the shape with a jigsaw.
  5. Sand the edges smooth with a mouse sander and we're ready to give the heart some paint.

Paint the wooden heart

Paint 2-3 coats of warm white quick-drying waterbased paint like acrylic craft paint or chalk type paint. I used Dixie Belle mineral paint in the color Drop Cloth that I had on hand. To give the heart a timeworn look, distress along the edges with 150 grit sandpaper (like pictured below).

Pretty decoupage paper

Now here's where the vintage style comes in. We're going to decoupage the painted heart with vintage scrapbook paper. Remember that heart cut out I asked you to hang onto when making the paper heart template? This is where it comes in handy as a cropping tool for the scrapbook paper.

  1. I pulled several sheets of scrapbook paper that I liked and ran the cropping tool over each one to find a pattern I liked most for the front of the heart. 
  2. I settled on the pretty roses with newsprint and ran the heart cropping tool over the entire sheet to see which placement I liked the best. Trace the heart shape on the paper and cut it out. 
  3. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the paper heart and decoupage it onto the painted heart. Lightly rub an old credit card or plastic scraper over the paper to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Brush two coats of Mod Podge over the top of the heart, letting it dry between coats.

DIY Valentine Door Hanger Decoupage Heart

Aging the decoupage heart

It's important that the decoupage paper is protected with two coats of Mod Podge before aging the paper heart.

To add more vintage charm I used an art brush and Dixie Belle Van Dyke Brown Glaze to age the decoupage heart. You can achieve the same look with dark wax or Burnt Umber acrylic craft paint. Brush the glaze over the heart and remove the excess with a lint-free rag. Feather more around the edges without wiping it back.

Embellish the heart with pearls

To add pretty feminine touch I embellished the heart with dollar store self-adhesive pearl stickers that I had leftover from the Wedding Card Box I upcycled for my son's beach wedding. Simply peel and stick the pearls around the heart.

DIY Valentine Door Hanger Embellished With Pearls

Wire for the door hanger

Drill two small holes on the top of the heart for the wire hanger. You can also use an Awl and hammer to make the holes if a drill is not your thing. I used silver wire to tie in with the metallic silver diamonds on the paper. A rose gold wire would have been lovely too.

Pull 20 gauge craft wire through the back and out the front of the heart and twist closed with needlenose pliers. Another option is leaving long strands of wire on either end and wrapping them around a pencil to curl them like I did.

Key to my heart charm

Embellish the front of the heart with a blingy skeleton key charm. With a lighter gauge wire or jewelry cording, string small beads on top of the key and attach to the wire hanger. Add a small ribbon bow on the top and we're done!

Vintage Paper Valentine Door Hanger

Other uses for the Valentine door hanger

The vintage door hanger doesn't have to be used just for Valentine's Day, I plan on keeping mine hung on the closet door of our master bedroom year-round.

A few decoupage vintage scrapbook paper hearts strung on ribbon would make a pretty Valentine Heart Banner for a fireplace mantel OR a wedding banner behind the head table or guest book table.

What you'll need to make it

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You can find more heart day inspiration on my DIY Valentine's Page.

If you have any questions about this easy Valentine craft, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

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DIY Vintage Valentine Door Hanger

Please join me by clicking the links below to see how my talented friend's made these lovely Valentine's Day inspired projects.

International Bloggers Club Vintage Valentine Challenge
  1. A Crafty Mix
  2. Northern Feeling
  3. Faeries and Fauna
  4. Unique Creations By Anita
  5. Interior Frugalista (that's me)
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  1. Oh that's lovely Marie and what beautiful paper. The door hanger would look so pretty hanging in our guest room. You can bring this one with, and your yellow polka dot bikini, when you come visit us ;-)

    P.S. I do hope the weather has improved a lot. It sounds like it's freezing up there on your side of the world.

    1. Well I can definitely promise to bring the door hanger but the ole yellow polka dot bikini only fits on leg now. LOL We are unthawing today with temperatures in the 0℃ range. Hip hip hooray!!!!!

  2. I hear you about staying indoors. Your Valentine is so vintage looking Queen Vic would have liked it I think, the tones are perfect for year around use. Using a glaze to shade the paper is a great tip I have never tried.

    1. Thanks so much, Leanna! Glad you like the glaze tip, works like a charm on paper as long as it has a couple coats of Mod Podge on first.

  3. This is very cute, Marie. I love the colours that you used, looks very vintage.

    1. Thank you Anita, it looks so pretty hanging from the door in our bedroom.

  4. This Valentine is adorable. I would leave it up long after Valentine's Day has passed.

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! Yes, I plan on keeping it hung on the bedroom closet door year round.

  5. That is so pretty. I love the little key.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm a sucker for decorative skeleton keys 😉

  6. What a great project. I love the paper choice.

  7. Love the project and really love the paper. Can you tell us the exact name of this paper or pack? Thanks.

    1. I wish I could but unfortunately the cover of that paper pack was lost a few years ago. I have a huge stack of scrapbook paper so it's a guess. I do remember buying it at Michaels though.

  8. LOVE this project Marie! It's right up my alley with your aging of the beautiful scrapbook paper. I see door hangers in my future...

    1. Thank you very much, Diana, I'm glad you like them! Happy door hanger making 😉

  9. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. Thank you so much for the pin and share, Marilyn, appreciate it!

  10. I love a decoupage craft, Marie! Just my style. I like how you layered different patterns, too. Pinning to my Valentine's crafts board!

    1. Thank you so much, Crissy and for the pin! xo The paper I used on this craft actually came that way, it was perfect.

  11. It's so cute Marie! Absolutely perfect for any door, but would look great on a guestroom or bathroom too! Love the vintage vibe this has!

    1. Thank you, Katrin! I love how pretty it looks hanging on the closet door of our master bedroom. I might make another slightly different for the second closet.


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