How To Make A Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Magnet: A Craft Made Out of Plastic Canvas Mesh

If you enjoy making crafts then this special Valentine's Day hub is for you. In this hub I will show you how to make a cross stitched heart shaped magnet, which is a pretty nifty way to put a love note on the fridge for your paramour. Just imagine your significant other getting up on Valentine's Day to see a lovely note on the fridge with this nifty heart shaped magnet keeping it in place. You can make one of these heart shaped magnets for your kids, your mom, your aunts, your friends, so this would be the perfect homemade gift for anyone on a Valentine's Day budget. The materials needed for this project include:

  • A plastic mesh canvas.
  • A cross stitch needle.
  • Enough red yarn to complete this project.
  • A small heart shaped box of chocolates to use as the template for tracing.
  • Scissors for cutting the yarn and plastic canvas.
  • A black marker for tracing the heart shaped box.

This cross stitched heart magnet would be the ideal way to put a love letter on the fridge.
This cross stitched heart magnet would be the ideal way to put a love letter on the fridge.

Step One: Gather The Supplies

Find a plastic canvas mesh and heart shaped candy box as the template for this project.
Find a plastic canvas mesh and heart shaped candy box as the template for this project.

For this cross stitch project I will be using plastic canvas mesh. I decided to use the sheet I had already used for my candy cane cross stitch project since there was still room left this sheet of mesh.

Step Two: Trace The Heart Shaped Box

Trace around the heart shape box.
Trace around the heart shape box.

Personally I love Valentine's day candy, so I tend to collect heart shaped boxes and have been wondering how I could use these. After creating my candy cane cross stitch project I decided I would like to make more of these projects for other holidays. Finally I came up with the great idea of using a heart shaped chocolate box as the template for tracing onto the plastic canvas mesh. You can also draw the heart onto the plastic mesh free hand, but I like the symmetry of the heart shaped box and decided to use this for the project.

Step Three: Cut The Heart Shape Out of The Canvas Mesh

Cut out the heart shape.
Cut out the heart shape.

I used a black marker to trace around the chocolate heart shaped box two times until I find the exactly perfect shape that I wanted for this project. Thus, when you look at my heart you can see the tracing of another heart on the plastic canvas. The cross stitching will cover up all of the marker lines once the piece is completed.

Step Four: Start Cross Stitching

Start cross stitching at the bottom of the heart.
Start cross stitching at the bottom of the heart.

Start cross stitching at the bottom of the heart shape. At this time you can decide to use a different color of yarn besides red, but I love the impact of a solid red heart for this project.

Step Five: Continue Cross Stitching

Continue cross stitching up the heart.
Continue cross stitching up the heart.

Continue cross stitching up the length of the heart and you will soon find how addicting this can be! I love to cross stitch as I am watching programs on television, which helps to keep my mind somewhat engaged and attentive. The repetitive motion of cross stitching is also soothing and helps me to stop worrying about things that are on my mind. Watch before your eyes as the cross stitch heart begins to take shape.

The heart is about a third of the way cross stitched.
The heart is about a third of the way cross stitched.
The heart is about half way cross stitched here.
The heart is about halfway cross stitched here.

Video Tutorial: Tips On How To Cross Stitch The Heart Shaped Magnet

Here is a video tutorial I created that will give you more ideas about how to make a heart shaped cross stitched magnet.  If reading is not your thing then watch the video to get a few ideas. 

Here the cross stitched heart is three-fourths completed.
Here the cross stitched heart is three-fourths completed.
Here the cross stitched heart is almost finished.
Here the cross stitched heart is almost finished.

Step Six: Add The Magnets

Place the magnets on the back of the heart.
Place the magnets on the back of the heart.

Adding two magnets to the back of the heart will turn this cross stitched piece into a fridge magnet. Take a roll of magnetic tape and cut off two pieces to attach to the back of the heart. Peal the tape off of the back of each magnet and place the sticky side on the back of the heart. I placed the magnets on the back of the cross stitched heart because there are bumps on the back from adding new thread. Although I am pretty good a cross stitching at this point and it looks neat on both the front and the back, I just prefer to have the more uniform side facing up.

If you would rather watch a video demonstration check out the tutorial I made below on how to attach magnets to the heart.

Video Tutorial: Tips On How Add The Two Magnets To The Heart

The Completed Heart Magnet

Now use the magnet to put a love letter on the fridge to surprise your loved one.
Now use the magnet to put a love letter on the fridge to surprise your loved one.

The heart magnet can be used to display a special letter or picture that you drew for your loved one, which is a great budget idea for a Valentine's gift. Your spouse, mother, sister, niece, or friend will be touched by the handiwork and thought put into this piece, which is something you can never buy at the mall. Enjoy making your Valentine's cross stitch heart and experiment by making changing the design to suit your personal taste.

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ProCW profile image

ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

:) I LOVE your heart shaped plastic canvas magnet! Looks like it was fun to do!

Great Job!

ProCW


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Wonderful step by step craft idea !Thanks for the great creative hub!:)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ProCW,

Cross stitch on plastic canvas is really fun and highly recommended for beginners.

Laila,

I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for stopping by.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

WOW!! That is such a beautiful labor of love. I am sure it would be a great gift for valentine. Do you ask someone to hold the video or put on a tripod stand and complete the video in one take. I really admire your detailed hubs and explanatory videos.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

Well I did put a lot of time into this because I wanted it to turn out really nice, and I am happy with the result.  The first magnet I made for my own fridge, but now I am working on other ones I will send to my friends as Valentine's gifts :).  I do not have a tripod, but incidentally the brightest and nicest place for shooting videos is in my kitchen.  I simply prop the camera up on the bar against a tin and film it this way.  Thank you so much for commenting on my hub, I really appreciate it :).


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

It's really great to have the photos showing each of the steps. Very helpful to the reader when doing this creative project for Valentine's Day. Nice!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

This is an easy craft for kids too Christoph, so I think the pictures are fun for all ages. Thanks for commenting and reading.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi SweetiePie, I am amazed at how you could patiently and diligently finish art projects such as these. :-)  And you even made a video tutorial. Wow, great job! 


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I love pretty things - so thanks for creating this and sharing. I will try it because you have made it so easy.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Anyone would fall for such pretty gifts. I must say you have an excellent way of illustrating things. Thx for sharing.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ripplemaker,

It took me longer to do the craft than I expect, but somethng about the end result just drove me on. I wanted to discuss a craft in detail and I felt happy with the end goal. I still need to draw that picture of you, and I really want to get around to it :).

BKCreative,

I hope you have fun if you try this item.

anjalichugh,

This is a fun craft, so I would try it if you can.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I'm excited!!!  I solemnly promise to be patient.  I will! I will!  LOL Hahaha thanks for giving me another reason to smile today! :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I shall really commit to it now ripplemaker.  Sorry I am kind of a slow poke, but I will step on it :). Your comments always bring smiles to me.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thumbs up for a complete guide to making a personalized item for Valentine's Day. You put in a lot of work, time and effort to put this together. Great work. This hub certainly reveals your dedication to accomplishing things. Keep enjoying life:)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Very well explained. And you are already number 1 in Google with this, Congratulations SweetiePie !!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

This looks like fun and easy to do. Thank you for the great explanations. I think my daughter would love to do this.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

dayzeebee,

Thanks for saying that. Hope you have a great day.

Princessa,

That is great to hear I am number one. Wow, thanks for letting me know.

RGraf,

It is an easy and fun thing to do, so I am sure you daughter would like it :).


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Your demonstrations, as always, SweetiePie are so easy to follow. Great idea for Valentines day, using a homemade heart magnet to hold up a hand written love letter. Very clever and romantic idea. Thank you. :)


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starrkissed 7 years ago from Arizona

This is totally cute!!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dottie,

I always appreciated your nice comments. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

starrkissed,

Thanks so much for commenting and reading.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

I envy your ability to knock out these informative Hubs with your great craft ideas. Nice use of recycled boxes. I hope to join in and learn how to make the videos like you are doing. C.S.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S. Alexis,

I also envy you ability with art and wood burning. The video part is easy, I just bought a cheap video camera at Target and set it up on the bar in the kitchen.


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Lgali 7 years ago

SweetiePie-thanks for creating this and sharing


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Lgali!


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Happy World 7 years ago from Slovenia, Europe

You are very creative. Self-made gifts are really special. They contain part of you. Great thing, thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your sweet comment Happy World!


Hisham 7 years ago

Very nice post, I learned from you!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am glad you liked it Hisham.


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Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

Fantastic love expression with this selfmade heart.. It is anyway magnetic when one makes it all with the love.. Lovely :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Clara. It is a fun project for sure.


Krista 6 years ago

What a great teacher gift! I will take a class pic & make one of these for my children's teachers.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you liked this idea Krista!


pooh 5 years ago

love it


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Pooh!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Wow this is really great design ..You are really great


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you htodd!


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Better Living 3 years ago

What a cute project. Thank you!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Better Living.


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TheCranberryBarn 3 years ago from Lake Katrine, NY

Very cool ideas. If you have a template, I guess you could do this for just about every holiday. Do you make magnets for other holidays?


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks! I have written hubs about the magnets I made for Christmas.

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