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DIY Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas – Beautiful Heart-Shaped Upcycled Book Decorations

I think books are beautiful. I love the way the words spill so gracefully across the page weaving stories and transporting us to new places and new perspectives. I’ve lovingly turned so many pages that now I can’t stand to see even a water damaged book thrown away. Instead, I upcycle them to make roses and book angels. Today, I am sharing my most recent book page DIY Valentine’s Day Craft Idea, which was also our latest homeschool art project – Valentine’s Day Garland.

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DIY Valentine's Day Craft Ideas - DIY Book Page Hearts for Valentine's or wedding
Save this craft for later or share it with your friends…

For The Book Page Heart Garland you will need:

  • A rescued book.
  • Twine or ribbon.
  • A stapler with staples.
  • Scissors.
  • A ruler.
  • A pencil.
  • Paint. (optional)
DIY Page Heart Valentine Craft - Simple DIY Valentine's Day craft idea, perfect for Valentine's Day or a wedding or bridal shower. DIY Valentine's Day Craft Ideas

How To Make Your Own DIY Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Garland

  1. Begin by tearing several pages from your rescued book.
  2. Measure and mark one-inch sections.
  3. Each heart will require: Two 1-inch wide strips of 4-inch, 5-inch, 6-inch, and 7-inch long sections
  4. Measure and cut one 10 inch section of ribbon or twine per heart.
  5. Knot each ribbon for hanging and trim excess.
  6. Organize your materials as seen in the video, longest to shortest being sure your text is all going in the same direction.
  7. Place your knot, loop down, in between each set of 4-piece sections. (The longest section closest to knot on both sides). Staple together.
  8. Turn over and gather the ends of each matching section until you have all of them and then staple those too.
  9. Squirt some paint into a craft bowl or plate and dip one side.
  10. Place on waxed paper or a towel to dry.
  11. Once dry, string on ribbon or twine and display.

This DIY Valentine’s Craft – book page hearts – made for a fun and simple homeschool art project for us. And we already had all the materials on hand!

I think they are adorable strung on a ribbon to make a Valentine’s Day garland. But they also make a sweet alternative to a typical valentines day card for card exchanges at co-op. Or, they can be hung in windows, from a loving Momma’s rearview mirror, or even from the ceiling on clear strands.

As a photographer, I can’t help but think how perfect these will be strategically placed in engagement shoots. They would also make adorable decorations for a bridal shower, don’t you think?

Because I mentioned my book page roses and my book angel, I thought I would share a picture of those too. Imagine these poor books could have ended up in the garbage! Instead, they are still bringing joy to book nerds like me.

Book Angel - upcycled book crafts
My book angel and a dozen book page roses we made for the Youth Director at the library when she retired.

We hope this post has inspired you to get creative! This is a great project for adults and also tweens and teens! Gather and create! If you love the idea of upcycling as much as we do, you might also enjoy making this beautiful butterfly garland out of old magazines. We have it strung in our homeschool room right now and it’s so charming. It fits perfectly with our wildlife and conservation theme.

If y0u have a DIY Valentine’s Day craft idea you think we would enjoy, please share your ideas in the comments section below!

Finally, remember that creating art is healing. In so many ways, it is an act of self-love. Providing the time for ourselves and modeling for our children the importance of expressing our creativity makes for a beautiful gift in and of itself. When we invite them to participate, it always makes for time well spent.

Wishing you many moments of time well spent,


Check out this collection of Fun Valentine’s Day Activities for kids of every age!

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11 thoughts on “DIY Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas – Beautiful Heart-Shaped Upcycled Book Decorations

  1. I like the idea as long as you use old paper back books (some types) and the old Readers digest condensed books. To me using anything else especially old, old books is sacrilegious. I would rather use the old Readers digest condensed books because they take all the fun out of reading. Call me a book prude or anything else but unless they are the old love stories in paperback that came to homes in the 60-80’s those can be used. I am a biblio file and books are to be read and treasured excepting the books I mentioned.

  2. Just a question. Do you have printable directions for the hearts and the roses? My 50th wedding anniversary will be on April3rd this year I would like to try my hand at making some of them if I can find some old Readers digest condensed books

    1. Happy Anniversary! 50 years! That’s so wonderful! I am happy to hear there is interest in the paper roses. I love those as well. I will try to schedule some time to create a step-by-step guide for those in the near future. Make sure you have signed up for the newsletter so you don’t miss it! Thanks again for stopping by the blog! We are so happy to have you!

  3. You always comes up with unique and wonderful design ideas for every event. I really like this great hearts design. This is looking so attractive and beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

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