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Three cute heart "cookie" ornaments cut from wood and painted on a pink background

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to shower your loved ones with tokens of love and appreciation, and we have something fun and extra special for you to make this year! Why not gift your Valentine something personalized and handmade that combines the sweetness of homemade cookies with the power of laser crafting? (Bonus points: it’s SO quick and easy to make, too!)

These Valentine’s Day heart “cookies” make a sweet and personal Valentine’s Day gift idea – use them as a gift topper, or hang them on a bedroom doorknob or bathroom mirror as a charming reminder of your love.

Valentine’s Day Heart Cookie Ornaments

Wood supplies to make heart cookie ornaments

Materials and Tools Required

  • Laser Cutter: Since this project is cut entirely from wood, you can use either a CO2 or a diode laser. I used my xTool M1 to cut my pieces for this project.
  • High-Quality Plywood or MDF: The base material for your heart “cookies.” We used 1/8″ (3mm) Baltic Birch plywood, but other woods and MDF will work as well.
  • Acrylic Paint and Paint Pens: For decorating your heart to mimic the look of icing and sprinkles on a traditional sugar cookie. I highly recommend Posca Markers!
  • Laser SVG file for Heart Shape: Available below
  • Font for Name Customization: Add a personal touch to your cookies with a laser-cut name. We used the Austin Holiday font for our heart ornaments.
  • String and Decorative Wood Bead: For hanging or displaying your heart cookie ornaments.
  • Sandpaper and Wood Glue: For finishing touches and assembly.

How to Make Your Valentine’s Day Heart “Cookie” Ornament

xTool M1 10w with Honeycomb and Risers in front of a colorful background

Step 1: Preparing Your Laser Cutter

First, ensure your laser cutter is set up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Upload the free laser SVG file for the heart shape into your machine’s software. Adjust the cutting settings based on the thickness and type of plywood or MDF that you are using.

Note: We always recommend doing a test run on a scrap piece of material to ensure the settings are correct before cutting your project.

Cut sheet of wood inside the xTool M1 laser cutter

Step 2: Cutting the Heart Shape & NAMES

Once you are satisfied with the settings, place your plywood or MDF onto the bed of the laser and start the cutting process. After the cut is complete, carefully remove all of the pieces from the cutting bed (you may need to look in your crumb tray or bottom drawer for small pieces like the dots for your lowercase i’s). Use sandpaper if necessary to smooth any rough edges/faces and prepare the surface for painting.

Hands with paint marker painting a Valentine's Day ornament

Step 3: Decorating Your Heart “Cookie”

Now, for the fun part – it’s time to unleash your creativity! Use acrylic paint to cover the heart, leaving a thin unpainted border around the edges to mimic the appearance of icing on a sugar cookie. There’s no need to be perfect with this step…in fact, a little bit of imperfection adds to the authenticity! Allow the paint to dry completely.

Next, use paint pens to add “sprinkles” to the icing, just like on a real cookie. Use your favorite color combinations, or keep it simple and use all-white or other monochromatic sprinkles.

Hands assembling a Valentine heart "cookie" ornament

Step 4: Adding a Laser-Cut Name

Personalization adds a unique touch to your gift, making it even more special. In your laser software, use your favorite font (we used Austin Holiday here) to cut out a name from plywood or MDF. Paint the name in a contrasting color so that it will stand out against the heart background. Once dry, use wood glue to attach the name to the heart.

Hand displaying finished Valentine heart "cookie" ornament

Step 5: Final Assembly

Thread the string through the top of the heart, and add a decorative bead for an extra finishing touch. Tie a knot to secure everything in place.

Close up of "Emme" heart cookie ornament on pink background


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Three cute heart ornaments cut from wood and painted to look like Valentine cookies on a pink background

These Valentine’s Day heart cookie ornaments are sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends! My favorite thing about this project is that it allows you to blend modern crafting technology with traditional gift-giving, resulting in a personalized and memorable present for your Valentine!

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