Valentines Day DIY Project – Pieces of my Heart Shadow Box

By on February 12, 2015
Pieces of My Heart Shadow Box

I wanted to share a cool Valentine’s Day DIY project that would be unique but also be a fantastic way to decorate your home for Valentines Day. Scrolling through some images, looking for inspiration, I saw some puzzle pieces arranged into a heart and the idea hit me like a brick wall.

I know that typically we think of Valentine’s Day as a day for romance and couples in love. I think that Valentine’s Day is a day for love of all kinds, especially love for my kids. I used some puzzle pieces and created a DIY project I like to call the “Pieces of my Heart shadow box”.  This project is a great one because it can be placed anywhere in your home or office but it can also be given as a gift. You can use a photograph like I did but you can also get creative and use a hand print or foot print of your little one. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did, so let’s get started.

The Supplies

You don’t need many supplies for this project. Just a few and they are easy to find at your local craft store, Wal-mart, or on Amazon.

By the way, this is a great way to use those puzzles that have pieces that are missing or damaged. You can also go to your local thrift store and find cheap puzzles where the count might be questionable.

Pieces of my Heart Supplies

The first thing you’ll want to do is paint those puzzle pieces. You can take your pieces and lay out your heart so you only paint the pieces you intend to use, or you can just paint all of them and arrange them after the paint dries. I went ahead and painted them all. Be sure to give your puzzle pieces plenty of time to dry after painting them. I painted both sides of mine but the side that had the printed picture on it didn’t paint over well without showing through so I would suggest using the back. You could always do two coats of paint or however many are needed to fully cover it or buy primer and then paint with the red but the back seems to work just fine.

Puzzle Pieces

Next, you will need to cut your poster board to the size of your frame. I used my exacto knife to cut out the poster board around the back of the frame. I made sure the edges were clean and straight so it would look good. You could use a straight edge as a guide, like a ruler.

After my puzzle pieces were dry, I arranged them into a heart. When I was satisfied with the way my heart looked I started to glue them together using the tacky glue and sponge brush. Simply spread the glue on with the brush to the bottom of the puzzle pieces. I then placed the puzzle piece on top of the others making sure it was on top of two pieces holding them together. I did this all the way around. This gave the heart a better effect with the puzzle pieces and their points being in different directions. Once they are all glued together, give it plenty of time to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Pieces of my Heart

After my heart was dry (so many puns so little time), I took some of the black ribbon and measured how far down I wanted my heart to be on the piece of poster board that I had cut out. I then doubled over the ribbon and glue it to the back of the heart and then glued the back side of the ribbon to the poster board.

Valentines DIY Project

While the ribbon was drying I worked on making my bow. I made a few different ones trying to decided which one I liked best. Making bows can be a trial and error thing so be prepared to be working on it for a bit if you are not seasoned in bow making. I glued my bow at the top of my ribbon that has the heart hanging from it. I did place something heavy over it to help hold it down so it would stay in place better while it dried.

After my ribbon was all dry I took my photo and placed it under the heart to get an idea of where the placement of it would be and how much I would need to cut it down. After I cut it down I then put glue on the back of it and placed it under the heart. I then placed glue on the back of the heart and glued it down so it wouldn’t be extra weight on the ribbon which could cause it to pull apart. Again, I used something heavy to hold it down while it dried.

Valentines DIY Project

Last but not least, it is time to put your words in place. I choose to use stickers to make the words and I also used various kinds of lettering to give it different kind of effect. You can also free hand your writing or use stencils. The choice is yours.

After you get all your lettering put on, put your frame together, hang it up and admire your wonderful work.

Valentines Day Project

Remember you can change this project up any way you like. You can paint the puzzle pieces different colors to give it a different effect or to use it during other holidays. You could also try using scrapbooking paper on the poster board as a background.

Be sure to share your projects down in the comments below if you give this one a try!

About Sheena Huseby

Having two kids and being on a budget DIY is a way of life. Organizing my home to make space and have it functional is a goal and everyday battle. I love trying new decorating ideas that are small and easy. Finding great treasure at the thrift store or yard sales that can be given a makeover or repurposed is always a blast for me. I love colors and inspiration where I can get it. Don't forget, you can always connect with all of us at DIY Home Interior on Twitter @diyhomeinterior and check out our favorite Pins at


  1. Salma

    February 13, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I totally agree that Valentine’s day is a great day to share with your kids too! The DIY project is lovely and really straightforward too, thanks for sharing!

  2. Sara

    February 14, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I remember reading this post and commenting but it appears it didn’t get through to you. (sorry about that)

    I think this is a great little activity to do with children. They can put in what they love about their family or siblings.

    A yearly shadow box is another great idea.

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