Vintage-Style Heart Hanger For Valentine's Day

Welcome to the first Int'l Bloggers Club challenge of 2020 and we are starting the year with a Vintage Valentine theme. For the last week, we've been in a deep freeze here in the Canadian Prairies. In fact last Wednesday our temperatures were recorded as the coldest place on earth! At -37.8 °C (-36.04 ℉) the last thing I wanted to do was venture outdoors to buy craft supplies. So I shopped my home instead to make this romantic vintage-style heart hanger.



This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

Vintage-Style Valentine Door Hanger

While I made the vintage-style heart for Valentine's decor it would also make a pretty Victorian Christmas ornament or lovely wedding decor too.



Now realizing that not everyone has a stash of craft supplies on hand, the supplies to make this heart can be found at the dollar store and/or Michaels.



This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

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. Our members are from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada.



I've included links to everyone's valentine's ideas further down in the post. For our previous Christmas challenge in November, I gave unfinished Dollar Store Wooden Stars a timeworn barn wood patina.



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This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

What You'll Need To Make It

Supply List

6-inch Wooden Heart (instructions below to make one instead)

Vintage Scrapbook Paper

Self-Adhesive Pearl Stickers

20 Gauge Craft Wire

Mod Podge

Warm White Acrylic or Chalky Paint

Brown Glaze

Skeleton Key Charm

Small Pearl Beads



How To Make A Vintage-Style Decoupage Heart Hanger

I didn't have a heart shape on hand so I had to Macgyver one. But there are unfinished wood and paper mache hearts readily available to use instead. But if you're up for making one for free, then I've included easy to follow instructions below.



I used power tools to make mine but you could make them without and I've included instructions for both. If you're like me and prefer the quickest way to get 'er done, power tools are the way to go.



This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

How To Make A Wood Heart

  1. Make 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.
  2. Cut along the pencil line with scissors and unfold the paper.
  3. Keep the paper with the heart cut out because we'll be using it later.
  4. Trace the heart onto a sheet hardboard (or any think scrap wood you may have on hand if you're using power tools.


Option 1 - Cut Heart Shape Without Power Tools

With a sharp retractable craft knife carefully score the hardboard along the pencil line. It'll take several passes before it cuts all the way through. Sand the edges smooth with a sanding pad or sandpaper. Easy but a little harder on the arm.

Option 2 - Cut Heart Shape With Power Tools

  1. Secure the hardboard (or thin wood) onto your work surface with clamps.
  2. Make sure the cut side is hanging beyond the worktable.
  3. Carefully cut along the pencil line with a jigsaw.
  4. Sand the edges smooth with a mouse or palm sander.


Now we're ready to give the heart some paint.



Paint The Wooden Heart

Paint 2-3 coats of warm white latex, acrylic craft paint, or chalky finish paint. I used 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 (pictured in the step below).



How To Decoupage The Wooden Heart

Now here's where the vintage comes in. We're going to decoupage the painted heart with vintage-style scrapbook paper.



Pro-Tip

Remember the heart cut out paper that I asked you to hang onto earlier when making the heart template? This is where it comes in handy to use as a cropping tool. It's a great way to gauge how the paper will actually look within the heart.


  1. I picked several sheets of scrapbook paper from my stash that I liked.
  2. Next, I ran the cropping tool over each one to see if I liked the pattern on the front of the heart.
  3. I settled on the pretty roses with newsprint paper and ran the heart cropping tool over the entire sheet to see which pattern placement I liked the best.
  4. Trace the heart shape on the paper and cut it out.
  5. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the paper heart and set it onto the painted heart.
  6. Lightly rub an old credit card or plastic scraper over the paper to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Once dry, brush two coats of Mod Podge on the top of the heart, allowing it to dry between coats.


This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

How To Age The Decoupage Heart

That last step in the previous section is important before aging the paper heart.



To age the heart you can use brown glaze, burnt umber acrylic craft paint, or brown wax. Lightly brush the glaze, wax, or paint over the heart and remove the excess with a lint-free rag. Feather more around the edges with an art brush but this time don't wipe it back. Let it dry before moving onto the next step



Embellish The Heart With Pearls

To add a pretty feminine touch embellish the heart with self-adhesive pearl stickers from the dollar store. Mine was leftover from the Wedding Card Box that I made for my son's wedding. Simply peel and stick the pearls around the heart. You may need to add a dab of hot glue here and there to attach them securely to the heart.



This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

Attaching Hanger Wire To The Heart Hanger

Drill two small holes on the top of the heart for the wire hanger. Alternatively, you could use an Awl and hammer to make the holes. 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 the 20 gauge craft wire through the back and out the front of the heart and twist closed with needlenose pliers. Leave long strands of wire on either end and wrap 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 them to the wire hanger. Add a small ribbon bow on the top and we're done!



This feminine vintage-style door hanger is such an easy decoupage Valentine's day craft that could be displayed year-round or pretty wedding decor.

For more DIY Valentine decor ideas visit my Valentine Ideas Page.



Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this Valentine's craft idea. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



If you enjoyed this Vintage-Style Heart Door Hanger, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Valentine Craft Ideas or Handmade Vintage Decor Ideas board on Pinterest.




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Now let's take a look at what my talented friend's in our Int'l Bloggers Club made for our Valentine's Day challenge by clicking on the links below.



International Bloggers Club Vintage Valentine Challenge

No-Sew Quiver Macrame Arrows - A Crafty Mix

Fresh Herb Heart Wreaths - Northern Feeling

Jute String Frame Valentine Coupon Display For Families - Faeries and Fauna

Vintage Valentine Hanging - Unique Creations By Anita

Vintage-Style Valentine Door Hanger - Interior Frugalista



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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.

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    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!!!!!

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  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.

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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  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...

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

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    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.

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  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!

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    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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