5 Steps to a Vintage Valentines Wreath

Make this charming Valentine's day wreath using reproduction vintage cards and a simple wire wreath form.
vintage Valentines day cards

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Do you enjoy decorating for Valentine's day? My mom always did a few small things for us kids, and I've carried on that tradition.

When my kids were younger, they enjoyed baking and decorating these soft sugar cookies. Now that they're older, I decorate more for me ๐Ÿ˜

I'm excited to show you this super cute wreath, made with reproduction vintage Valentines. If you're a little older, you may remember exchanging Valentines, that looked similar, with your school friends.

Everything retro and vintage is in style again, and I couldn't wait to make this simple wreath after seeing an inspiration photo on Instagram. You can see the wreath that inspired me at @lecultivateur. Emily's wreath is so adorable, and I couldn't wait to make my own version. I love sharing the step by step tutorial to easy home decor pieces like this with you.

Here are a few other DIY Valentine's day wreath ideas:

How to make a vintage Valentine's Day wreath

You need just a couple of supplies to make this wreath.


*you may already have vintage/retro Valentines, or you can find them on The Graphics Fairy or purchase digital files like I did here and here

** you could also use a flat wood wreath base (floral craft ring) and then you can skip the drop cloth/ribbon step

*** you could also use any wide ribbon

vintage Valentines card, drop cloth and wreath form

Step One

Print and cut out Valentines. I had to get prints made at Office Depot because our color printer is jammed, but it's very reasonable to have prints made. It took longer to cut out the cards than to assemble the wreath!

I do have a couple kits available that include enough pre-cut vintage Valentines for you to make your own wreath. You can find them on Mercari here and here.

Step Two

Rip drop cloth into 2" strips. You do want to make sure you've washed and dried the drop cloth first.

drop cloth torn into strips

Why do I rip drop cloth?
I actually rip most of the fabric that I craft with because it gives you a perfectly straight line, and frayed edges for very little effort!

Why drop cloth?
I love using drop cloth for crafts and home decor. Most recently I made these drop cloth Christmas napkins, this faux grainsack bolster pillow cover, and this fall DIY sign. One drop cloth is inexpensive and can be used for so many projects around the home. It has a wonderful natural color, and nubby texture that is perfect if you are a neutral lover or decorate with farmhouse style!

Step Three

Tightly wrap the strips of drop cloth around the wire wreath form, overlapping each row slightly so the form is completely covered. Use a little hot glue to secure ends. What this does is give more of a solid surface to glue the Valentines to. I used this same technique when I made my farmhouse ticking stripe Christmas wreath and it has held up beautifully!

wrapping wire wreath form with drop cloth strips
wire wreath form completely wrapped in drop cloth

Step Four

Tie ribbon or jute cording for a hanger. It's best to do this before attaching the Valentines! I used some leftover white ribbon I had.

wreath form with ribbon hanger

Step Five

Finally, use a little hot glue to attach the Valentines in a pleasing pattern around the wreath form. It looks best if they slightly overlap.

I also added a few of the tiny clay hearts that I crafted last year for a garland. I snipped them off the cotton cording and tied narrow pink ribbon through the holes. Any vintage ephemera (like the tickets) is perfect on a retro wreath like this!

vintage and retro Valentines day cards on a wreath

vintage Valentines day card wreath hanging on chippy door

Isn't this a fun take on a Valentine's day wreath? Super simple to do but so charming! I hung the wreath on my chippy white door in my living room and love the pop of color it adds.

retro Valentines day wreath and heart garland on chippy door

I'd love to know if you're inspired to make a vintage Valentines wreath. Oh and be watching for the tutorial for the heart garland in a few days! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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Valentines day wreath made with retro Valentines cards

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  1. Cindy,
    I love your clever idea. I'd like to share a link to your post on my Sunday's Dirt Road Adventure if that's ok.


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