How to carve a wooden heart

Updated February 21, 2017

Are you looking for a special gift to give your loved one? Why not give them your heart? Not just any heart, but one that you created yourself. You can carve a heart from wood and create a lasting impression while enjoying the time-honoured craft of wood carving. Your wooden heart can be as simple or elegant as you desire and will be crafted by your own hands. You can carve a wooden heart and give a gift that will be remembered always.

Draw the outline of a heart on a piece of paper about 4 inches high and 4 inches wide. When you have the outline the way you like, cut off the excess paper so you have just the heart shape.

Transfer the paper heart to your 1 by 4 by 4 inch wood block by laying the heart on top and tracing around the heart, leaving the outline on the wood block. Turn the block over and do the same thing on the other side.

Using a wood-carving knife, begin taking small shavings off your redwood block. Small shavings will allow you to maintain control over the way the wooden heart is developing. Continue taking small amounts of wood off the block until you get to the outline you traced on the wood block. Once you get to the outlines, begin to round over the edges of your wooden heart by trimming with knife.

Sand wooden heart with a fine-grit sandpaper to take off any nicks or rough edges. You have just carved a wooden heart.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • 1 by 4 by 4 inch redwood block
  • Carving knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Sandpaper
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Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.