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Looking for an easy and cute handmade gift to say ‘I Love You‘? To show how much you care about that special person on Valentine’s day? Try making these DIY sparkly sequin hearts on a stick!
Make a few and put them together in a small vase as a Valentine’s day gift. Or make just one and give it like you would a single rose.
These are also great as Valentines decorations. And they could even work as a Mothers day or anniversary gift!
The materials are inexpensive and the technique is easy. Scroll down, I’ll show you how. Let’s craft!
Sequin crafts are so sparkly and way less messy than when you would use glitter to create all that sparkle effect.
This is a good craft for adults, great to do while listening to your favorite podcast. At the same time, it’s easy enough to do with patient kids as soon as you trust them handling the sharp pins. My six-year-old kid loves making these. He just does them in multiple sessions.
Let your kid pick the colors to work with. Solid or randomly placed multi-colored hearts are generally easier for kids to do than to immediately start out with an ombre effect.
What you need to make sequin hearts
- Styrofoam hearts. For these hearts, I have used 2.5″ hearts. You can go larger if you like, it will just take more time to finish.
- Sequins. One color can be enough if you are happy with a solid colored heart. To make an ombre heart, choose three similar color shades, light to dark.
- Sequin pins. These are short craft pins, usually about 1/2″. They have a shaft thin enough for small seed beads and are short so they don’t obstruct each other inside the styrofoam.
- Regular craft or tacky glue. To secure the pins.
- Wooden skewer. To hold the hearts in place. You can add color with a marker or paint if you like, or use it as is.
- Piece of ribbon. Add a little ribbon bow as a finishing touch!
- Small containers or jar lids are optional but great to have around to hold all the different sequins and pins.
Sequins have a u-shaped side and an n-shaped side. Which side of the sequin goes up or down depends on your personal preference. Choose one and add all sequins in the same way.
- one 2" - 2,5″ styrofoam heart
- loose sequins in three color shades for the ombre effect
- Sequin Pins
- Craft Glue
- Wooden skewer
- Small containers or jar lids
- Use a marker to draw two horizontal lines, dividing the styrofoam heart into three parts. These lines won’t show on the finished project, it will all be covered by the sequins.
- Separate the sequins into small containers or jar lids. If you have done diamond painting, those sorting trays are useful for sequins as well! Pour a little bit of glue onto a jar lid.
- Put a sequin on the pin. Make sure it’s facing the way you want all your sequins to end up on your heart. Rounded side up or down.
Dip the pin end into the glue and pin it into the top of your foam heart.
- Pin the next sequin next to the first overlapping slightly. This way the white foam doesn’t show through.
Continue adding sequins going around and following the shape of the heart.
- Fill in the top part of the heart with your first shade of sequins.
Sprinkle in a few sequins from the next shade when you get closer to the first marked line.
- Continue adding sequins of your second shade in the middle part.
Make the transition more gradual by randomly mixing in a few sequins of the other shades.
- Transfer to the last shade when you get to the second marker line.
Work your way around until the entire heart is filled.
- Use a (pink) marker and color the wooden skewer. Let dry.
- Gently push the tip of the skewer in between the sequins on the bottom.
- As a finishing touch, cut a short length of ribbon or string and tie a little bow on the skewer.
The cleft of the heart can make it a little tricky to get the sequins to lay nice and neat. Just go slow and follow the shape.
As long as the glue hasn’t dried completely, you can pull out a pin if the sequin doesn’t lay as you want it to.
Add a piece of bend wire on top and turn your sparkly heart into a hanging sequin heart Valentine’s ornament!