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Recycled tin heart \\ Valentine

If you happen to be reading this, and you can hear a strange noise, then that is probably the sound of cobwebs being blown off my blog!

I thought it might be apt to start with a craft straight from the recycling bin. These embossed metal heart decorations would make a sweet valentines gift or a cute gift tag for a present. This is not a craft for little ones – the tin packaging is sharp once cut.

Since posting last, I have spent many years as a teacher and my two little boys are now head and shoulders above me. Finally, I have a little time to myself, and my new years resolution is to post on here more regularly.

I really like the fact that you can make something rather charming from a piece of rubbish. These would make a sweet valentines present, gift tag or Christmas tree decoration. The final decorations are quite strong but you still have to be careful not to squash them.

My husband found this out when he put the washing basket straight on top of my decorations – he quite literally broke my heart 😀


  1. Make sure your tomato paste tube is empty. I always use a rolling pin to flatten the tube.
  2. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, chop of the top, bottom and a slither along one edge.
  3. Open up the tube and wash. Mind your fingers – the metal can be sharp.
  4. Cut into 4 pieces, or two long ones and use the back of a spoon to burnish the metal.
  5. Place a heart template on the metal, draw around it and cut out.
  6. Using a biro, draw a design on the reverse of the heart, pressing as you go.

This is the perfect craft if you like doodling!

18 thoughts on “Recycled tin heart \\ Valentine

  1. So happy to receive this beautiful heart ..and to Knowles you are back ..i rallye miss you…and your inspiring posts ..Thierry moraine stars with a Goodyear news ..thank you Kate .and all the vers best to you.
    Florence from France .

  2. A very welcome blast from the past! Your tutorials inspired me to do so much, so very excited that you’re back – can’t wait to see more!

  3. Good to see you posting again and just in time I am starting my craft club in school again next week so your ideas will be a great help. Thank you x

  4. Yay! I’m so gald you’re back. I’ve been a quiet stalker for MANY years. Thank you for your gems. They are my absolute favorite.

  5. Ohh, I only today checked my “secret” blog list and saw you back! Theanks I’ll be reading and tryong out in the coming weeks … what is a Biro? In the photo it looks just like a ballpoint pen?

  6. Crafting from recycled materials can yield beautiful results, such as embossed metal heart decorations perfect for Valentine’s gifts or present tags. While not suitable for children due to sharp edges, these creations carry sentimental value. If you’re looking to express your creativity in a different realm, consider exploring the vast opportunities in the real estate market with resources like Emirates Estate from this site where you can find information and services tailored to your needs.

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