Frugal Decor: Valentine Tree

Valentine tree center piece

I am getting my Valentine’s decorations out finally. I decided this week to make his super cute table center piece. My table has been looking pretty bare since the Fall/Christmas holidays ended. I was in need of a center piece. Of course my little Chloe helped me put it together.

I was at Hobby Lobby the beginning of the week and spotted these twigs. They weren’t on sale, but I had a 40% off a regular price item coupon. I have the Hobby Lobby app on my phone, so it’s super convenient. No more leaving your coupons home on accident, and not getting a super good deal. When I spotted these twigs, I thought they would make a great center piece for my table. I have made salt dough before for Christmas ornaments, so why not make heart ornaments for Valentines day.

*You can purchase branches or if you find some great ones laying around outside that would be a great/frugal way to make your tree 🙂 Also you can cut the branches or twigs down to your liking

Items needed for craft

Branches-purchased in the floral section of Hobby Lobby or twigs from outside

twine, yarn or ribbon to string hearts on with

cutting device – to trim down branches: I used my husbands leatherman

vase or cute bucket to hold branches


salt dough

Salt dough recipe

1/2 cup of flour

1/4 cup of corn starch

1/4 cup of salt

4-5 Tablespoons of warm water

3 drops of red food coloring

Preheat you oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, corn starch and salt together in a medium size bowl.

stiring valentine tree

Next, add the water and food coloring to the flour mix. Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time. Stirring after each tablespoon. Once it forms a good dough take it out and work it with your hands. This will help the food coloring to mix better.

roll out hearts

Then take the dough and roll it out verily thin, but not too thin. (You don’t want your heart to burn when you cook them.) Then take your heart cookie cutter and cut out your hearts. ( just like cutting out sugar cookies)

cut out hearts

Take a end of a pen and poke a hole in the top of each heart. This will be where you string your yarn or twine through to hang the hearts. Place the hearts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes @ 350 degrees.

bake hearts

Once your hearts have cooled off , it’s time to string them to hang on the branches. Some of my hearts didn’t have a big enough hole for my twine. I used the tip of a steak knife and twisted it into the hole to make it larger. String the twine through the hole and tie a knot at the ends.

string the hearts

hang the hearts


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  • I love your simple Valentine’s Decor. The salt dough ornaments are so pretty. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    What a great idea to use salt dough ornaments in shapes of hearts for this tree! I just love this idea!


  • Raising Samuels

    This is such a cute idea! Hobby Lobby is an amazing store. Thanks for sharing this awesome project with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  • Super Cute. I need to make salt dough with my littles. They would love to make them and dry them out. Thanks for the idea and sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. I hope we see you back again this week.

  • Emma Craig

    What a fun idea! Why should Christmas have all the fun with trees?! #ThoughtfulSpot

  • What a cute idea! My daughters would love making the hearts so we’ll definitely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing your great idea with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa. I hope you and your girls have a blast with this craft 🙂

  • Arianne Plehandzic

    I can’t wait to get the salt dough recipe down…I think its wonderful! You can make gifts…decorations…I love it!!

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Arianne, this salt dough recipe can be used for so many different gifts and crafts with your kids. Enjoy!

  • How pretty! And what a wonderful way to share a great craft with children. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your weekend!