I’m totally in love with Prim folk art, it’s so sincere and always comes straight from the heart. To celebrate Valentine’s day, I made these primitive bed spring hearts to give to all the special people in my life.

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They’re really quick and easy to make. If you don’t want to put them in a bed spring you can hang them from the wall or a piece of scrap wood.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

And you can add your own message to show how much you care. I made a whole bunch for a craft faire and they sold out within minutes 😀

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

Okay, before I show you how to make the Primitive hearts, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a crafty tutorial or DIY post!

What you need to make primitive hearts

  • Scraps of material in  earthy colors (I used scraps of quilting fabric)
  • Bits of lace, burlap, and ribbon
  • Some buttons, bells, old keys, or anything else that will add some character
  • Safety pins
  • Coffee bags
  • Printer and paper
  • Pinking shears and stuffing

Fabric scraps, lace, burlap, buttons, and safety pins

Making the Primitive Hearts

Before I could make the hearts I needed to stain the lace and ribbons. I couldn’t find any that looked rustic and worn, which is what prim folk art is all about.

New lace that still needs to be stained for a well-worm look

So I had to try to change what we had in our stash. To stain the ribbons and lace, I added two coffee bags to some boiling water and let them soak for a few minutes, and then hung them up to dry.

Soak the lace and ribbons in coffee or tea to stain and instantly age them

The longer they soak the more rustic they’ll look. You can do the same with your material scraps if they look too new 🙂 Oh, and don’t throw the coffee bags away, we’ll be using them a bit later. While you’re waiting for your stuff to dry print some labels. You can make your own or you can download some here. Cut the labels out and use the wet coffee bags to stain them too. Seal with some Satin mod podge after staining so the color doesn’t fade over time.

Print out the free label printables

To make the hearts, use the pinking shears to cut out 2 heart shapes from your material measuring at least 15 cm wide and 25 cm high (6″ x 10″). I found anything smaller was a bit difficult to sew.

Cut the heart shapes out with pinking shears to prevent fraying

Take the hearts and start playing around with the lace, burlap, ribbons, buttons, and keys.

Place your fabric scraps on the heart, keeping it simple and innocent

Since these are Primitive style hearts, I tried to keep the accents simple and unpretentious in true Prim folk art style.

What is Primitive Folk Art

Primitive folk art or décor is well-worn, simple, and has that touch of naivety. It lacks pretense and any accents are typically small, unfussy, and rustic. So play around with your design and add layers of old lace and fraying burlap. A rusty safety pin and a button or two create interest without going over the top and looking “too intentional”.

Keep it simple and innocent

The colors you choose also play a role. Warm muted colors (red, orange, creams, and beige) all remind us of lazy summer days and instill a sense of comfort and warmth. The patterns on the fabric compliment the innocence and simplicity of primitive folk art and décor.

Place your fabric scraps on the heart, keeping it simple and innocent

Once you’re happy with the look, sew all the accent bits and bobs on. Place the two heart layers on top of each other (wrong sides facing inwards) and sew around the outside edge of the heart – about 1/2″ or 1 cm. Leave a small opening towards the bottom of the heart. Stuff your Primitive heart firmly and sew closed. To finish off pin the label on using a safety pin.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FoldArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

You can tie the labels on with some twine too.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

I style my Primitive hearts in two ways. Some were hung from a rustic piece of scrap wood……

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

And a few of the others were placed in a homemade bed spring.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FoldArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

How to Make a Bed Spring

If you can’t find a bed spring (like me), they’re really easy to make.  You need some galvanized steel binding wire, a bottle, and some side cutters.

To make the bedsprings you need a bottle and some wire

Wrap the wire around the bottle starting at the top and slowly wind your way down to the bottom.

Wind the wire around the bottle starting at the top and working your way down

Cut with the side cutter.

Remove the wire from the bottle and cut

Pop your Primitive heart in the bed spring for a gorgeous rustic display……

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FoldArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

……. or hang it from some scrap wood. Just take a few pallet offcuts and hammer in a rusty nail from your stockpile of salvaged nails and you’re good to go.

The primitive hearts can be hung from a rustic piece of scrap wood. I used pallet off-cuts

I can’t decide which I like more. The Primitive bed spring hearts …..

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FoldArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

Or the ones hanging from the scrap wood.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FoldArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

Which do you prefer?

If you’d like to make some Primitive hearts don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

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Primitive hearts and bed springs make an awesome Valentine's gift. Quick and easy with tips on adding simple interest and free label printables #FolkArt #ValentinesDay #ACraftyMix #PrimitiveCrafts

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Dunroven House Homespun 12-Piece Fat Quarters, 18 by 21-Inch, Red
VJOY Garden Nature Burlap for Plant, Garden Landscape Fabric 39' x20FT
Starlet Star Red, Quilting Fabric by the Yard

And if you prefer to buy Primitive decor rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

VHC Brands Ninepatch Star Home Text Cotton Primitive Bedding Embroidered Square Pillow, 1 Count (Pack of 1), Burgundy Red
VHC Brands Patriotic Patch Star Cotton Primitive Bedding Embroidered King Pillow Case Set of 2, Deep Red
VHC Brands Ninepatch Star Quilted Pillow 12x12 Country Bedding Accessory, Burgundy

Wishing everyone a beautiful valentine’s day filled with love and laughter and gifts made from the heart. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix