The other day I wanted to do something fun for St. Valentine’s Day.

And I wanted to do it quick.

Let me present to you this sweet…


Framed 3-D Valentine Heart  & Tutorial


This is a quick and easy bit of Valentine home decor to make….
using a photo frame, a piece of fabric, magazine pages, scissors, and glue.


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This day of love will be here before you know it!   Here is a great way to use things you already have on hand to create a sweet, heart-moment for that perfect spot that needs just a little bit of loving. But before we take off on our little tutorial, I want to share this great quote with you.  It’s why I have enjoyed celebrating St. Valentine’s Day….for several weeks already!


“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love.”

Hamilton Wright Mabie (American writer, 1845-1916)


Let’s start!


Gather your supplies:  Photo frame, colorful magazines with floral photos, scissors or a paper-cutter, pen, magazine cover page, paper glue or glue stick, a piece of scrap fabric if you have it, scrapbook paper or a plain page from the magazine will also work.


Valentine's Day Magazine Paper 3-D Heart Tutorial 1- AnExtraordianaryDay

1. Choose a photo frame.  Mine was sitting on my studio table.  It contained an old photo, taken in my Michigan backyard of my husband and our cats, which I love.  This is a temporary project so don’t stress over what is in the frame.  Pick a frame that works for the project.  Then disassemble the frame.

2. Tear floral (or whatever colors and shapes you like) pages from your magazines.  (Heavier pages work better.  Traditional Home & Better Homes & Gardens were two I had at hand.  Better Homes has flimsy paper.  It works.  Just not quite as nicely.)

3. Cut the magazine pages into just slightly smaller squares/rectangles than your photo frame.  Cut one and then use it as a guide.  Center your flowers or objects in that square before cutting.

4. For this project I cut 12 squares.  You can surely do more if you like.  Glue two squares…back-to-back…so you now have a total of 6.

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1. Cut a heart shape for a pattern.  I used a heavy sheet of scrap paper, but the magazine cover would be great too.  Simply fold the paper in half and freestyle cut your heart.   Mine was too large at first.  I trimmed again until it fit perfectly.

2. Trace your heart with a pen or marker.  I made sure to center my heart on the flowers for the most color.

3. Using your scissors, cut along the traced line.  Here are my completed hearts.

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1. Find the center of your completed heart.

2.  Make a score in the center of all your hearts.   Use your scorer, or a bone folder.  If you do not have a scorer, simply fold each in half.  (I removed the orange cutting blade from my paper-cutter for convenience.)

3. Admire your pile of fluttery hearts waiting for assembly.



Tutorial - Framed 3-D Hearts |


1. Cut your piece of fabric about the size of the back insert of your photo frame.

2. Lay your frame face down.  Place the fabric in the opening and lay the cardboard insert on top of it.  I also placed the glass on top of the cardboard. Then slide the frame back into place.  You could place your photo between the glass and the backing for storage if you wish.

3. Voila!  A framed piece of fabric!  The fabric may puff out in the frame just a bit.  I love it that way. NOTE:  If you are using paper rather than fabric for your background, stack in this order…paper, glass, cardboard insert, and then slide in the frame backing piece.



Easy Heart Tutorial 3-D from Magazine Paper |


1. You’ll notice that these foam adhesive dimensionals were not listed in the supplies list.  I had them in my stash and thought they would be quick and easy to use.  And they were.  However, if I were to do this again…I would skip them and just use paper glue to stick my hearts together.

2. Place adhesive stickers on each wing of one heart.  Then, apply one side of another folded heart to one side of the flat heart.  Repeat on the other side.  (Again…glue would be fine…maybe preferable.)

3. Apply adhesive stickers or glue to the folded hearts and adhere another set of folded hearts to each side.  Continue doing this for as many as you have if you’ve chosen to make more hearts.

4. Open the final heart and stick or glue each ‘wing’ to the stack of glued and folded hearts.  Work them so they stand up a bit and you will get a 3-Dimensional Heart!



Quick & Easy DIY Tutorial - 3 D Heart |


1. Measure the opening in your frame and make a mark in the center, so you will know where to place your heart.

2.  Apply adhesive dots, double stick tape, or glue to one side of the heart and lay it down with the ‘spine’ along your center mark, pressing down firmly.  Then, repeat on the other side so that it is also firmly attached to your fabric.  Be generous in your application of adhesives as they can be easily removed from the fabric and you don’t want that.  (After a few days I put a pin in the spine of my heart because my fluffy cat keep walking by it and it eventually slid down. )

3.  Arrange the petals of your heart.  Aren’t you loving it?  And so easy too!



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  There you have it!  


A lovely Framed 3-D Heart for Valentine’s Day…and beyond!


Love Quote :: Never love without giving - Quote ::


“You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Who do you know that would be blessed by a little gesture of love like this?
Give them a heart-felt gift of love.

With a heart of joy!


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  1. A darling little heart…I just love it.
    Come over for a try at winning a Goose Creek candle..:)

  2. Love that you used rose pics! sweet project ;-)
    JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose recently posted..LOVE Plaque and Thrifted Beads {Mantel}My Profile

  3. That is really pretty and creative!

  4. This is a sweet project, Diane! Thanks for sharing it at the Monday Makeover link party!
    I may even try this with my kids and let them pic out pictures of things they like, such as toys, foods, colors to put up in their room. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • It was fun to do and I think the kids would love finding pictures for the project, as well. There are a lot of ways to take it. That’s the fun of putting on our creative hats.
      Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  5. This is so pretty, Diane, and what a wonderful, easy-to-follow tutorial!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} ~

    hugs, Mary Beth
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  6. Hello Diane,
    I’m stopping by from the From Dream To Reality Linky Party. You are so clever! This is beautiful :)
    Happy Wednesday!

  7. Awwwwwww….what a sweetheart of a project! Now, see–I like that it’s a temporary thing and it’s apt to get someone attention when they walk past that picture that’s been hanging there forever! Cute idea. And because my brain goes crazy–how fun would those be hanging from the ceiling for breakfast in the breakfast nook?!
    Yeah….notsomuch me at this moment in time, but I do so adore the dimensional-ness idea!

  8. This looks like a wonderful project to do for either your parents or grandparents and a great kids craft (with help of cours). I just want to reach out and turn that heart pages to see all thepretty pages!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  9. This is just so cute! I love this idea and love the materials that you used for the hearts! So creative! Thank you for sharing this fun tutorial with us at TTF. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
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  10. What a sweet project, Diane! It ‘s so fun, so pretty, and creative. Thank you so much for sharing with us and Happy Valentines Day.


  11. simply just gorgeous! the colors, the texture, the heart reaching out … wow!
    Linda Stoll recently posted..He’s Not Going AnywhereMy Profile

  12. beautiful dimension; love all you used in making it!

  13. So cute and easy! Even I could do that :) Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Very cute! Thanks for sharing in this week’s Rustic Restoration Weekend!

  15. That is so sweet! What an adorable heart project! :)
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  16. that is truly beautiful! thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo
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  17. This is fabulous!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
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  18. A beautiful piece! Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. I have this posted somewhere as a card idea, but never thought about creating a framed 3D heart of it. With the rose paper, it looks fabulous!
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  20. That’s really lovely and clever! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Very creative idea!


  22. Oh, your heart is adorable! I love the colors you used, too. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share. Hope you are having a wonderful week!! Pinned this one. :)

  23. Pinning!

  24. What a lovely project for Valentine’s Day! You did a great job of explaining just how to do it, too. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  25. ann pauley says:

    cute idea; do you plan on interchanging the heart for future use?
    ann p.

    • Awww…thanks Ann!
      I created this last year and when I got ready to move I disassembled the whole thing. The heart had been saved. I guess it remains to be seen how it will be used again once I get my things out of storage.


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