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Make It : A Ginormous Valentine

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Martha loves over-the-top vlentines and always requests we develop a craft project with an enormous heart. A large white heart-shaped box, a giant heart card, and an oversize heart made from carnations are just some of the projects we have created. And for this year? A tabletop-size open heart box filled with all kinds of goodies.

Follow the visual how-to to create your own ginormous valentine.

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Fold a large piece of paper in half, draw half a heart, and cut out. This heart is about 26 inches tall.

1 Fold a large piece of paper in half, draw half a heart, and cut out. This heart is about 26 inches tall.

Make sure you like the shape of your heart when you unfold it. This is your template.

2 Make sure you like the shape of your heart when you unfold it. This is your template.

Trace template onto a piece of 1/2-inch foam board.

3 Trace template onto a piece of 1/2-inch foam board.

Carefully cut along the line with a box cutter.

4 Carefully cut along the line with a box cutter.

Spray a large piece of red paper with spray adhesive.

5 Spray a large piece of red paper with spray adhesive.

Adhere the red paper to the foam board heart with a brayer, making sure it is smooth.

6 Adhere the red paper to the foam board heart with a brayer, making sure it is smooth.

Flip the heart over, and trim the excess paper with a craft knife.

7 Flip the heart over, and trim the excess paper with a craft knife.

This is the base to your box.

8 This is the base to your box.

For the sides, decide on how deep you want your box to be. I based mine on the thickest red ribbon we had, 2 3/4 inches. Cut strips of red mat board to that measurement.

9 For the sides, decide on how deep you want your box to be. I based mine on the thickest red ribbon we had, 2 3/4 inches. Cut strips of red mat board to that measurement.

With a hot-glue gun, adhere the mat board, red side facing in, to the edge of the heart. Draw a line of glue in small lengths onto the foam board edge and hold the mat board to it until it is completely stuck.

10 With a hot-glue gun, adhere the mat board, red side facing in, to the edge of the heart. Draw a line of glue in small lengths onto the foam board edge and hold the mat board to it until it is completely stuck.

One side completed...

11 One side completed...

...and repeat on the other side to complete the box.

12 ...and repeat on the other side to complete the box.

With a red marker, color in the top white edge of the mat board.

13 With a red marker, color in the top white edge of the mat board.

Run a line of white glue along the inside seam of the heart, and adhere a red cording. I got red cording from M&J Trimming. http://www.mjtrim.com/Catalog/Product/331/42948/42948.aspx

14 Run a line of white glue along the inside seam of the heart, and adhere a red cording. I got red cording from M&J Trimming. http://www.mjtrim.com/Catalog/Product/331/42948/42948.aspx

Repeat the same process for gluing red cord to the top edge.

15 Repeat the same process for gluing red cord to the top edge.

You might see some glue while it is drying but white glue dries clear!

16 You might see some glue while it is drying but white glue dries clear!

Masterstroke makes the most beautiful wide satin ribbon.

17 Masterstroke makes the most beautiful wide satin ribbon.

To adhere the ribbon to the outside of the heart, I used a Martha Stewart Crafts adhesive roller to tack it down.

18 To adhere the ribbon to the outside of the heart, I used a Martha Stewart Crafts adhesive roller to tack it down.

Once the ribbon is around the box, you are almost done. The last step is filling it!

19 Once the ribbon is around the box, you are almost done. The last step is filling it!

Once you have the heart complete, what do you fill it with? Here are some ideas all nestled into ruffly coffee filters.

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What goes inside a giant Valentine? An assortment of candy and some special treats in giant coffee filters!

1 What goes inside a giant Valentine? An assortment of candy and some special treats in giant coffee filters!

Conversation hearts, of course.

2 Conversation hearts, of course.

Skin products by Mario Badescu (http://www.mariobadescu.com/).

3 Skin products by Mario Badescu (http://www.mariobadescu.com/).

Hanky Panky panties (http://www.hankypanky.com/Panties).

4 Hanky Panky panties (http://www.hankypanky.com/Panties).

An amazing cookie by our favorite Sweet Dani B (http://www.sweetdanib.com/Home.html).

5 An amazing cookie by our favorite Sweet Dani B (http://www.sweetdanib.com/Home.html).

All the pink, red, and heart-shaped candies you can get your hands on! Try: Gimbal's (http://www.gimbalscandy.com/) and Jelly Belly (http://www.jellybelly.com/).

6 All the pink, red, and heart-shaped candies you can get your hands on! Try: Gimbal's (http://www.gimbalscandy.com/) and Jelly Belly (http://www.jellybelly.com/).

Maybe even a pair of diamond earrings, real or faux.

7 Maybe even a pair of diamond earrings, real or faux.

Ribbon candy from Hammond's (http://www.hammondscandies.com/) and chocolates from Li-Lac (http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/).

8 Ribbon candy from Hammond's (http://www.hammondscandies.com/) and chocolates from Li-Lac (http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/).

Chip, one of our set stylists, who developed this heart, made one for our craft room on set and filled it with yarn!

9 Chip, one of our set stylists, who developed this heart, made one for our craft room on set and filled it with yarn!

Lovely yarn, all from Lion Brand (http://www.lionbrandyarnstudio.com/)

10 Lovely yarn, all from Lion Brand (http://www.lionbrandyarnstudio.com/)

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