Kitschtastic DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers

Kitsch is such a delicate art. There are some nauseating examples out there, as any trip to a Salvation Army shop will attest. Of course, kitsch is in the eye of the beholder, but I’m gonna say these DIY candy heart dessert toppers cross over into the realm of kitschtastic.

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

How cute would these be to add a little kitschy charm to a Valentine’s Day party? (Do people really have those? Pinterest seems to think so…)

I know that I say this all the time, but this DIY is truly, truly so. very. easy. And fast. Which makes it the perfect DIY, because we all need more time to consume delicious Valentine’s Day goodies be with our significant others.

What You Need:

  • candy hearts, obvs.
  • wooden skewers
  • hot glue gun (or a fast-drying glue of your choice)

What You Do:

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

Apply a dab of glue to the skewer. Place a candy heart on it and let dry for a few minutes.

Repeat! I used three hearts per side. (And if you are as irritated by today’s candy heart messages as I was (where is the “xoxo?” what’s with this “TTYL” crap?), you could always glue them face down!).

Once all the glue has completely dried and cooled, pull off the gluey strands that hot glue is notorious for, and pop your topper into a tasty treat.

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

It should go without saying, but just in case—these are NOT edible, so be sure to watch them around kids!

Now please excuse me, I have to go devour that vegan coconut tart I bought as a “prop.”

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

DIY Candy Heart Dessert Toppers || Jade and Fern

I know it’s still a little early, but do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Other than chocolate?

And yes, I know, I’m way off my publishing “schedule”. It happens.

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  • Rachel | 52 Weeks Project

    So adorable and simple, I LOVE it! Edible blogging props are the best :)

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thank you thank you! I agree, I LOVE having an excuse to buy more yummies. And also plates, trays, and other pretties to use as props. It’s a business expense, amirite? ;)

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I didn’t know Valentine’s day parties happened, either! I wouldn’t mind having one though because like you said… chocolate.
    Very cute idea and you photographed them beautifully!

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thank you! It was fun styling the photos with all the different colors. And yes…chocolate…!!!

  • MJ Sellke

    VERY CUTE! If one was really ambitious, royal icing could be used instead of hot glue. They still would not be edible (you can break a tooth on royal icing) but they would not be “toxic.”

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Wow that’s such a good idea!

  • Becca

    These are adorable! I think you totally nailed the kitsch factor here. Love them!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thank you Becca! That means so much. :)

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  • Tan of squirrelly minds

    Oh my gosh too funny. I posted today basically the same thing but drink stirrers! Jeran told me about yours today. Great minds indeed think alike!

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      I saw, amazing!! We are clearly on the same wavelength!

  • Susan

    to make it edible try using melted chocolate i

    • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Oooo, delicious idea! If you try it, please come back and let me know! :)

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