Making Heart Garden Stakes

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February 10, 2020

Heart Garden Stakes - stakes in a potted treeHere is a project for making cute and thrifty heart/Valentine conversation candy inspired garden stakes. They are perfect to place as outdoor decorations for a pathway, in your planters, or even use as party decorations (place inside a vase with rocks or other decorations so the stake could stand).


Total Time: 40 minutes


  • packaging tape
  • hot glue
  • acrylic paint, paintbrush
  • scissors
  • craft sticks
  • marker


  1. Paint the craft sticks. For each heart, I needed 5 sticks. (I used the colors Carousel Pink and Lavender - you may use any color you would like.) Allow sticks to dry.
  2. Heart Garden Stakes - sticks and bottles of paint
    Heart Garden Stakes - allowing sticks to dry
  3. Once dried, flip craft sticks around and use packaging tape to secure the sticks in place.
  4. Heart Garden Stakes - turn over and tape together
    Heart Garden Stakes - taped
  5. Cut into the shape of a heart.
  6. Heart Garden Stakes - cut into a heart shape along the sides and top
  7. With the scraps, you could actually make this dog shaped, but I taped the scrap sticks to my heart to finish the heart curve.
  8. Heart Garden Stakes - top cut and curved
    Heart Garden Stakes - scapes could be used to make a dog shape
    Heart Garden Stakes - but here used to make the side curve of the heart near the top

  9. Optional - write out your conversation word to trace (or you can paint directly with paint.)
  10. Heart Garden Stakes - write your word on the painted side
  11. Trace your printed word with paint. I used cadmium yellow acrylic paint.
  12. Heart Garden Stakes - paint over the letters
  13. I hot glued smaller craft sticks (already colored green) to my heart and then you are ready to stake these hearts in your garden or a potted plant.
  14. Heart Garden Stakes - a purple and a pink heart shape with green stems
    Heart Garden Stakes - stakes in decorative rocks
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