5-Minute Vintage Valentine Candy Box Wreath

5-Minute Vintage Valentine Candy Box Wreath

When I was a little, I simply adored the heart-shaped Valentine candy boxes that lined the grocery and drug store shelves. Frilly, lacy, ruffle-y, covered in flowers- the busier, the better, as far as I was concerned. Each Valentine candy box was a gaudy piece of art that I couldn’t get enough of. And as I was brainstorming ideas for Valentine’s Day décor projects this year, my mind tripped back a few decades to those boxes…and a repurposed 5-minute wreath idea came to life!

Vintage Valentine candy box options for a simple repurposed DIY Valentine's Day wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So busy, so pretty…

And here’s the kicker- a vintage Valentine candy box in all its frilly glory does the work for you, right? There’s no embellishing needed (it’s got PLENTY of bedazzledness going on already!)…it just needs to hang from a nail on a door. That’s why you only need a few minutes to create this…once you have the perfect Valentine candy box to upcycle, of course. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, with vintage Valentine candy box in hand (well, two of them…), I gathered a few more crafting bits and pieces, such as ribbon, my crafting shears, and an awl (or any strong point, like a small nail, that can pierce the box).

Vintage Valentine candy box options for a simple repurposed DIY Valentine's Day wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Start the timer for 5 minutes!

To add a hanging mechanism to my Valentine candy box, I just needed to punch small holes in the bottom half of the box- evenly spaced and near the top of the heart. After measuring and marking punch-dots on the back, I placed the box bottom over a short stack of scrap wood, and carefully tapped holes through my marks using my festive craft hammer and awl.

Adding a simple hanging ribbon to the back of a vintage Valentine candy box by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Prepping to pierce!

Then, I cut a short length of ruffled ribbon to hang my Valentine candy box from. And you won’t believe the CUTEST thing I found to connect it to the box!

Using heart shaped paper fasteners brads to hold ribbon hanger on vintage Valentine candy box wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I Heart Brad(s)!

Heart-shaped paper fasteners! (Or brads…I always called them brads in the past). But, how perfect (and crazy easy) is that?

Using heart shaped paper fasteners brads to hold ribbon hanger on vintage Valentine candy box wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They work perfectly!

Using heart shaped paper fasteners brads to hold ribbon hanger on vintage Valentine candy box wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A view from the inside…

And that’s it! Now I had a super simple-to-make wreath for Valentine’s Day, and it literally took me 5 minutes to create.

But I have to confess, I did two more completely optional steps…which added a few more minutes to my crafting schedule…

First, I used my hot glue gun to freshen up the flower on the center of my Valentine candy box. It had gotten smushed over the years and the petals needed some help staying open. Of course, not every vintage Valentine candy box will need this…

Repurposed and upcycled vintage Valentine candy box into a simple DIY wreath 5 minute craft by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Carefully un-smushing her petals…

Then, as added security, I used double-sided tape inside the candy box to keep it closed while hanging. It was already pretty secure on its own…but this was just simple insurance for my piece of mind.

Using double sided tape to keep repurposed vintage Valentine candy box wreath closed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just to make sure she stays closed…

NOW I was done! Still…pretty darn close to a five-minute project, even with the optional steps! Isn’t she pretty? Like she was always meant to become a wreath…

Easy 5 minute Valentine's Day craft by repurposing upcycling a vintage Valentine candy box into a DIY wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!!

A couple of other things to note…

  • You could easily do with this with a plain Valentine candy box! Simply add the embellishments yourself, using whatever lace, ribbon, or silk flowers you have.
  • Because the paper brads can be easily removed, just tuck the ribbon hanger and brads inside the box when you store it for the rest of the year- then they won’t get lost!
  • If you’re interested in either vintage Valentine candy box, I’ve listed them in my Etsy shop!

Now, I don’t have many repurposed Valentine’s Day project ideas, but please feel free to check out my other projects before you go…

Craft (and Heart) On!

S

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Comments

  1. Norma Rolader says:

    How adorable

  2. What a beautiful idea! Thank you for sharing this Sarah, you brought back a rush of Valentine’s memories from my childhood!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Do you remember the store shelves being lined with these? They were still pretty “fluffy” in the 80s when my Dad would buy them for my Mom and I.

  3. These are so great to repurpose! Wish I had some of the ones I’ve run across over the years (and thrown away). This is a cute way to bring back the memories!

  4. This is a cute and easy idea!!! I’ll share this on my fb page when I return from trip.

  5. Virginia Seward says:

    Loved it, just bought the red heart from your shop!

  6. I took an old heart shaped Valentine box and fancied it up a few tears ago,. I haven’t used it in the last couple of years but you inspired me to turn it into a wreath and use it this year..

  7. Adorable! As usual, I love your idea. I have a heart that is several years old but rather plain. I like the idea of embellishing it with lace ruffles and flowers. I’m gonna keep it simple, though, and just make a hole in the back of the box to hang it on the nail. My front “door” is glass French doors and it has vinyl clings all over it (Better Homes and Gardens is NOT knocking on my door for my style!). The hall closet door becomes the place for all my “door” arrangements.

  8. I love this easy idea for a wreath! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Very sweet! Great that all the decorative elements were already on the box. Talk about a fast upcycle! Visiting from Remodelaholic.

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