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How to Make A Conversation Heart Wreath

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Show your love for Valentine's Day with this conversation heart wreath! This Valentine's Day craft is fast, simple, and brings a fun touch to your home. If you preserve and store it properly, you can enjoy it for years to come.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Start by gathering your ingredients. The exact amount of conversation hearts candy will depend on the size of your wreath, but for a 12" wreath you will use approximately 18 ounces of candy. You'll also need a styrofoam wreath form (available at craft stores), hot glue, some ribbon, and a clear sealant like Mod Podge, to protect the wreath. You could possibly use other types of craft glue, but I like hot glue because it hardens quickly, making this a fast project.
  2. Beginning on the outer edge of your wreath, lay down a line of hot glue and affix several conversation hearts to the glue so that they are touching top to bottom. Continue around the wreath forming a line of conversation hearts, until you have formed a complete circle around the outer edge of the wreath.
  3. Repeat this procedure as you move inward, forming another line of hearts next to the first. If you'd like, you can reverse the direction of the line so that your hearts are going in the opposite direction. Continue to glue hearts on the wreath until you have completely covered the front surface of the wreath form.
  4. Brush a clear craft sealant, like Mod Podge, over the conversation hearts and let it dry completely. This will protect your wreath against humidity and prevent your conversation hearts from liquefying in humid environments. Despite the sealant, this is still a wreath that is best displayed indoors, or during dry weather.
  5. Once the sealant is completely dry, loop a wide ribbon through the middle of your conversation heart wreath and proudly display it! If it has been sealed properly, and if it is kept from inclement weather, you can enjoy this conversation heart wreath for many Valentine's Days to come.

What You Need

  • 12" styrofoam wreath form
  • 18 ounces conversation hearts candy
  • Hot glue or other craft glue
  • Ribbon
  • Clear sealant like Mod Podge

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