Valentine’s Craft: “XO” Wreath (Door Decoration) for Under $10

This adorable “XO” door decoration may not technically be a wreath, but it sure is a fun way to welcome your guests with hugs and kisses.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there is no need to worry. I made this quick and easy door decoration in 30 minutes for under $10, and you can, too.

To cover the X and O, I purchased 3 packages of paper craft (washi) tape, each containing 2 10-yard rolls of tape with coordinating patterns.

To keep the cost down, I bought my paper craft tape off of the clearance rack. I chose tapes with patterns containing mostly pink, red and white, and each pack cost $1.79 (clearance price).

I did get a really great price, and I recommend checking the clearance rack at your local craft store. However, if I you have to purchase your tape at the regular price, it should still be fairly reasonable. I have more than half of each of the 10-yard rolls left over for future projects.

Valentine’s Day “XO” Wreath Supplies

  • Foam core board (20×30 inch or bigger)
  • Pencil
  • Large T-square or yard stick
  • Scrap piece of cardboard 8.5 inches long
  • Pin or thumb tack
  • Exacto knife
  • Masking or Duck tape
  • Paper craft tape (washi tape)
  • Ribbon to hang (Note: instead of ribbon, I used a heart garland from the Dollar Tree)

Valentine’s Day “XO” Wreath Instructions

Prepare your foam core and create a makeshift compass (tool to draw a perfect circle) out of your scrap piece of cardboard

  1. Using your pencil, draw a dividing line across the width of your foam core, dividing it into two (approximately) 20×15 sections.
  2. To create a compass out of the 8.5″ piece of scrap cardboard, begin by poking a pin (or thumb tack) 1/2 inch from one end.
  3. Next, poke a hole large enough for the tip of your pencil 1/2 inch from the other end of the cardboard (the pin and pencil tip should be approximately 7.5 inches apart – 1/2 the width of one side of your foam core).
  4. Measuring from the side from which you measured the first pencil hole, poke a second pencil-sized hole 4 inches from the end (3 1/2 inches further in than the hole you poked in step 4).

Draw and cut out the O

  1. Mark the center of one side of your foam core board, and then stick the pin of your compass into the center.
  2. Place the tip of the pencil through the pencil hole closest to the end of the other side of your compass, and then trace the outside circle of your O.
  3. Now, place the tip of the pencil through the second pencil hole of your compass, and then trace  the inside circle of your O.
  4. Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut out your O, and then carefully cut out the center of your O.

Draw and cut out the X

  1. On the other side of the foam core board, draw a 15 inch square (your O should be about 15 inches in diameter).
  2. With your yard stick at the top of the square, draw a 5 inch line from one corner of the square towards the center, and then draw another 5 inch line from the opposite corner towards the center of the square. Repeat step 2 at the bottom of the square.
  3. Using your yardstick, draw a straight line from the inside of the top left line to the outside of the bottom right line. Then, draw a straight line from the outside of the top left line to the inside of the bottom right line. You now have one “line” of your X.
  4. Repeat step three to create the other line of the X.
  5. Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut out your X following the outside line.

Cover X and O with paper craft (washi) tape, and then attach your ribbon

  1. Cover the X and O with paper craft tape. (To save tape, I just covered the front of the letters.)
  2. Be creative in mixing and matching patterns and colors.
  3. When your letters are done, turn them over and attach the ribbon to the letters using masking tape or Duck tape.
  4. Hang and enjoy!

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? What is your favorite decoration?


  1. says

    Very cute! We decorate a little bit, we have big picture window in the dining room, so we will put up some hearts on that. I love this idea because it is not the traditional wreath on the front door, very creative.

  2. says

    I love that it isn’t a wreath. I have been looking for some ideas on how I can decorate the front door for Valentine’s Day, your idea is giving me a bunch of my own ideas!

  3. says

    That is so cute! I love anything frugal and I really like that it would hang well on my door and would actually fit! Wreaths usually get squished in between the storm door. Awesome idea! Stopping by from your SITS tribe. Have a great week!!


    • says

      I hadn’t even considered how well this would work on a front door with a storm door (we keep meaning to get one, but never seem to manage it). Thanks for sharing that tip!

    • says

      Ha! I suppose it might be time to take down the Christmas decorations… or just re-shape the lights into a heart and call them Valentine’s decorations.

  4. says

    I like that a lot! And I love that you were cost conscious. 🙂 We decorate a bit, mostly the dining room and I like to start bringing in some spring flowers. 🙂

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