DIY Flowering Heart Arrangement
I have made several heart-shaped flower arrangements for my friends and customers. The arrangements I make use sola wood flowers. However, you could use any type of faux flower for this project. In my last post I showed you how I dyed the sola wood flowers I’m using for this project.
These arrangements have multiple uses and can last forever! Heart-shaped arrangements can be used for:
- Valentine’s Day gifts
- Valentine’s Day decorations
- Door wreaths
- Wall decor
- Wedding decorations
- Funeral Decorations
This project is easy, fun, and can be altered to fit many different occasions. You can make these arrangements with any colors and flowers of your choosing. Some flowers have easier shapes to work with, such as roses.
If you need more heart-shaped inspiration, check out this post on how to make heart-shaped tacos.
What You Need to Make This Heart-Shaped Floral Arrangement
In order to make a flower heart arrangement, you’ll need the following:
- a heart-shaped wood plaque
- hot glue gun and glue
- sola wood flowers or other faux flowers
You can substitute the item list to fit your needs. For example, if you don’t have a wood plaque or backer, you can cut cardboard, felt, or another material into a heart shape and glue your flowers to it. You can use any faux flower that will hold with glue. Also, to make this project kid-friendly, you can use different glue or adhesive instead of hot glue.
This project took 30 sola wood roses. The amount you will need will depend on the size of your plaque (mine is 12″) and the size of your flowers.
How to Assemble the Heart-Shaped Flower Arrangement
Prepare Your Surface
As an optional first step, you can paint the heart the same color as the flowers you are using. This can help hide any gaps in your arrangement.
Glue the Flowers Down Starting with the Outside Layer
I like to start with the outermost layer of flowers first. This will help you keep the heart shape as you add flowers. Start in the top, middle of your heart and place glue on the plaque where your flower will sit. If you angle the flower slightly outward, it helps your arrangement keep its shape. I let the flower petals extend beyond the wood plaque about 1/4″ to hide the wood.
Once you’ve placed your first flower, find your next flower, line it up to ensure a good fit, and then place your glue down on the wood where the next flower will sit. You can also dab some glue onto the first flower where it will meet the second flower, so they stick together tightly.
*Be careful if using a hot glue gun. I seem to always get my fingers at least once when making these!
Keep adding flowers to the outside layer of your heart until you’ve gone all the way around. It helps to back two flowers against each other to make the point on the bottom of the heart to keep the shape.
You can fill in any gaps between your flowers with petals from other flowers. I broke off a petal from another rose to fill in the space where wood was showing through my arrangement.
Fill in the Middle of the Heart
Once your outer layer is complete, it’s time to fill in the rest of the heart. Start at one of the top points and find a flower that fits well against the others. Once you find a fit, place glue directly onto the flower where it will sit against the other flowers that are already glued down. This will help you control the height of the flowers to keep them even.
Keep filling in the flowers connecting them to the ones you’ve already glued down. You may need to smush them together or remove petals to make your flowers fit.
Once you’ve finished gluing your flowers down, you can go over your project with a hairdryer or heat gun to get rid of any glue strings if using hot glue. Touch up any spots you missed with extra petals, and you’re finished! If you are planning on displaying your heart as a door wreath, you can spray protectant on it.
Heart-Shaped Flower Arrangement Examples
Here are some more flower hearts I’ve made from sola wood flowers. Let me know if you make one of your own and how it turns out!