Giant Conversation Heart Valentine Topiaries

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I just made the cutest giant conversation heart topiaries for Valentines Day!!  I ran across the idea on The Seasonal Home and just couldn’t pass up this project.  These colorful topiaries are definitely eye-catching, but also very different than what can be found at the store…so I whipped up a whole batch of hearts and threw it all together.

They look sweet enough to eat!

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Tools & Supplies:

  • Print out  Heart Topiary Patterns (for the 3 larger stacked hearts)
  • Paper to cut out heart patterns (for the 3 larger stacked hearts)
  • Sandpaper (I used a rough 60 grit to get the job done fast)
  • Dinner plate of any kind (for helping to push heart cookie cutter into Styrofoam)
  • Floral foam block (place into flower pot to keep hearts standing upright)
  • Fake flowers (to hide foam block) I used a few flower garlands
  • Wire cutters (to cut floral wire)
  1. 2 or 3 sheets of Styrofoam (1-7/8″ thick)-For the larger hearts.  Since I made two topiaries, I used 3 sheets
  2. 1 sheet of Styrofoam (1″ thick)-for the small ‘XO’ hearts
  3. Floral wire
  4. Styrofoam cutter (I used an electric cutter bought from Hobby Lobby, but if you don’t have one you can use a knife)
  5. Heart cookie cutter for cutting out the small ‘XO’ hearts (I bought mine at Walmart for a buck or two)
  6. Design Master ‘Color Tools’ brand spray paint (this is the only spray paint available that won’t destroy foam)  I used 3 similar colors of real conversation hearts.  This paint can be purchased from Michael’s or ordered online.  I used the colors (Perfect Pink), (Robin’s Egg), and (YellowYellow).
  7. Metal rod or wooden dowel for stacking the three larger hearts (you’ll need one for each topiary you make)
  8. Hot pink or red acrylic paint (for the messages on the hearts)
  9. Sponge applicator for applying acrylic paint
  10. Sewing pins (to secure stencils to foam)
  11. Stencils (2 or 3 sizes)

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Three Large Hearts

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Print and cut out the 3 Heart Topiary Patterns

Then gather a piece of paper

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…and fold it in half

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Line the straight edge of the half-heart pattern along the folded edge of the piece of paper, and trace with a pencil

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Cut it out

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Unfold, and wa-lah…a perfect heart! (You will need one small, medium, and large heart)

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Trace hearts onto thicker sheet of Styrofoam

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Cut them out

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The edges will be somewhat jagged which will now need to be sanded with sandpaper

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Sand the edges till smooth

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Paint the front and back of hearts

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Using the pins, secure stencils to heart

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Dab acrylic paint into the stencils

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Cut wooden dowel/metal rod into 3 pieces, leaving the bottom one longer than the top two

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Carefully stick into the halfway mark of the hearts, giving the hearts ‘stems’

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Secure the hearts together by sticking their ‘stems’ into each other

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Small ‘XO’ Hearts

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Place heart-shaped cookie cutter onto thinner sheet of Styrofoam

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Place a plate over the center of the cookie cutter and press down firmly, till the cookie cutter sinks into the Styrofoam

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Remove cookie cutter from the sheet of foam

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Carefully push out Styrofoam heart

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Time to sand these little guys down like we did with the big hearts!

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Paint both sides

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…and again, paint on the letters just like we did with the big ones!

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Stick floral wire in to make ‘stems’

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Putting it all together

Wedge the floral foam block into the top of the flower pot, pushing it a few inches down below the top of the pot

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Stick and arrange hearts into the floral foam.

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Now lay your flowers over the foam and your done!

These topiaries definitely ‘R’ cute!!!

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2 Responses to Giant Conversation Heart Valentine Topiaries

  1. tink says:

    What a cute idea! I want to make some! Thanks for sharing this!

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