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DIY Candy Heart Art

Place these mini art canvases inspired by the classic Valentine's Day candy either on a coffee table for when guests walk in and sit down, or hang them on a focal point on your wall. 

Made with conversation hearts, they're sure to draw the eyes of guests and get them mingling over how adorable they are.

These mini art canvases would look great in a set of three or four and displayed on your wall. I drew a heart here, but you can make any shape you like from the candies, such as swirls or “X”s and “O”s. Or, cover the entire canvas with rows of candy. Any small candy will work, but I stuck with the classics for Valentine’s Day. Have your guests get engaged in the conversation and interact with this sweet craft!

  • Gallery-wrapped canvas
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Conversation heart candy

Note: Choose any canvas size you prefer. Find wrapped canvases in the Fine Arts section of the craft store. You’ll also find the acrylic craft paint, brushes and a hot glue gun at the craft store.


Step 1: Paint the canvas. Use any color craft paint of your choice to paint the entire canvas, including the sides. Let the paint dry completely, and then add another coat if necessary, and let dry.

Step 2: Plan out your art. Lightly sketch a shape, a heart in this case, with the pencil. If it helps, cut out a template from paper first to trace. Lay out the candy on the shape to plan where the candy pieces should be placed.

Step 3: Carefully hot glue your candy onto the box. Use the hot glue gun to glue each piece of candy in place. Let dry completely before displaying. *Make sure to keep the glue gun in no reach of any children.

Now your sweet heart conversation starter is ready for display and for you and your guests to enjoy!

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