This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aleene’s. All opinions and text are my own.
When you put the pieces together you can make the most fun and gorgeous jigsaw puzzle heart wreath. It’s perfect, inexpensive decor for Valentine’s Day!
Things have been super busy and really great in my neck of the woods. Just the other day I realized that little by little I’m piecing together a life that makes me amazingly happy. A life that I simply LOVE. And though I won’t have a Valentine for my first Valentine’s Day of the new decade I’m not at all sad about it.
Having listened to quite a bit of Lizzo in the past year, I am LOVING being me. I am LOVING that each day I’m adding another piece to the puzzle that is forming this happy life.
So it seems to me this Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate me, myself and I. All the single ladies say “what!” :)
And if you are in an amazing and lovely relationship you’ve got your own lovely reason to whip up your own jigsaw puzzle heart wreath… you can make one that symbolizes the pieces of the life you and your S.O. have built together. How neat is that? Love it? Want to make one? Let’s get it!
Supplies Needed to Make Your Own Puzzle Heart Wreath:
- Large-ish Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces (I used one of my mom’s old Dowdle Puzzles)
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Colorshot Premium Spray Paint (I used Stiletto (red), Farmer’s Daughter (lighter pink), and Cosmo (darker pink)
- Valentine’s Day Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun
For these wreaths I found that larger puzzle pieces made for a prettier puzzle heart wreath. My plan had been to purchase several children’s puzzles from the dollar store. My mom, however, donated one of her old Dowdle Puzzles that worked like a DREAM. Buying puzzle pieces might get expensive so definitely first try to source used puzzles. Just about everyone has a friend or family member who loves jigsaw puzzles. And just about every jigsaw puzzler has one that is missing a piece (or 2, how frustrating!) You can also check thrift stores. Since it doesn’t matter in the least if all of the pieces are there this is a GREAT resource for puzzle pieces, too.
Let’s Make a Gorgeous Jigsaw Puzzle Heart Wreath for Valentine’s Day!
Grab your bottle of Tacky Glue (because EVERY craft has this iconic gold bottle in their craft stash and if they don’t THEY SHOULD!) and let’s make our first adorable jigsaw puzzle heart…
Forming the jigsaw puzzle hearts.
Grab your Tacky Glue and apply a dot of glue onto the end of a puzzle piece. Be sure NOT to go nuts with the glue because any glue that dries and is visible will be super noticeable underneath glossy spray paint later on.
Glue your pieces together free handing a heart shape. Finagle the pieces as necessary to create a jigsaw puzzle heart shape you love. Use cotton swabs to remove the excess glue, taking care to remove all visible glue as much as possible.
Leave the shape alone on a flat surface and allow to dry several hours.
Once dry trash the rough shape of the jigsaw puzzle heart onto paper (mine was large so I used 2 pieces). Use this tracing as a template to make 2 other jigsaw hearts. Make your second heart just as your first. For the third, make 2 separate pieces of a heart that can be connected later.
Adding fun Valentine’s Day colors.
Colorshot Premium Spray Paint has such fun vibrant colors and is perfect for this project! I used Stiletto (red), Farmer’s Daughter (lighter pink), and Cosmo (darker pink) and I couldn’t love them more. I had initially thought I’d only connect 2 of my hearts choosing my favorite of the 2 pink hearts to accompany the red. But as it turns out… I LOVED all 3 colors so much I just had to use them all! And then I realized that the 3 hearts can represent me, myself and I! :)
Decide which heart you want in the middle and spray paint your open heart in 2 pieces that color. Note that this paint is gorgeously glossy and any imperfections where you glue dried will be super visible. BUT, as I learned this paint is also a lot more forgiving than traditional spray paints.
Each of my hearts took 2 coats of paint to fully cover the puzzle’s printed design (the red actually took 3, for some reason red paint never covers as well). Since it was rainy and cold for DAYS my hearts took ages to dry. And because I was constantly going to check on them I’d sometimes leave yucky fingerprints behind in the still tacky paint. BUT as I learned you can sort of overspray the area where you have indentations and the paint will sort of fill and level out like resin. I had a LOT of finger prints in my hearts after the first pass of paint, but luckily this paint is genius at leveling and you can’t even see them now!
Piecing your hearts together into a Jigsaw Puzzle Heart Wreath.
Piece your hearts together on a flat work surface as you’d like them to be. I decided to place my center piece so the top arches of the heart would overlap the sides of the 2 top hearts. This made all of the hearts much more easy to distinguish as hearts than having that center bottom heart wrapping beneath the top hearts.
To attach place a healthy glob of Tacky Glue anywhere the 3 puzzles connect. Shimmy the pieces around until they are just as you’d like them and allow the glue to dry several hours (overnight is best).
Once dry, flip the piece over and apply a generous amount of glue onto the connections to make one sturdy piece.
Add ribbon to hang…
I decided to hang my wreath using ribbon. Grab some 5/8″ Valentine’s Day ribbon from your local craft or superstore and tie a ribbon in the center of 4 feet cut from the spool. Using hot glue and a significant amount of care squeeze melted glue into the bow and hold until the glue cools and sets.
Flip your wreath over so that the pretty side is face down on your work surface. Place the ribbon, bow side down 6-8 inches above the center of the wreath. Using hot glue attach the ribbon to the backside of your wreath, one ribbon end on each of the end heart’s outer edges. Allow the glue to cool and set and test that your ribbon can easily handle the weight of your wreath.
- Quick Tip * Should you find that your wreath is a bit bendy and doesn’t rest flush against the wall when hung, use Tacky Glue and popsicle sticks or small dowels to add support to the wreath from the backside.