How to Make a Crochet Heart for Beginners (Make a Banner!)

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Are you new to the world of crochet and want to make a crochet heart for beginners? In today’s blog post, I’m sharing how to make a heart out of chunky yarn. I’ll also show you how to turn it into an adorable banner that’s perfect to decorate a mantel, a nursery… you name it! Let’s get started.

Years ago, I crocheted an adorable mini hearts banner which I still use to this day. You can find that project here. This year, I thought I’d recreate the banner with extra chunky yarn to give it a whole different look. And you can’t have to many heart banners to decorate with, am I right?! Come learn how to make a sweet chunky heart banner, and then make sure to pop down to the bottom of this post to see 30 beautiful Valentine’s Day DIY ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

How to make a chunky crochet heart banner - free pattern and tutorial

This post was first published in 2018 and has since been updated.

This little banner is pretty quick to whip up (each heart took me about 5 minutes to crochet), and it’s a great beginner’s crochet project. Gauge and tension don’t really matter for this project, so it’s a wonderful way to get started with crochet. It only uses basic stitches… and who doesn’t love a little crochet heart?!

How to make a chunky crochet heart banner - free pattern and tutorialHow to make a chunky crochet heart banner - free pattern and tutorial

You could use the hearts as-is for sweet decor or coffee coasters, stitch them to a sweet little baby blanket, or string them together for an adorable banner like I did. Use worsted weight yarn, chunky yarn… you can even use random yarn scraps to make hearts of all colours and sizes! There are many crochet heart patterns online, but this method is the one I find the easiest.

How to make a chunky crochet heart banner - free pattern and tutorial

Crochet Heart Photo Tutorial for Beginners

(If you’re a beginner with crochet, I recommend you watch my YouTube video below to see the step-by-step directions.)

Materials You’ll Need

Begin by gathering your supplies:

  • yarn (wool, cotton, or polyester)
  • crochet hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle / tapestry needle

Note: You can use any weight and kind of yarn for these hearts. Then, use the right hook size for the weight of yarn you’re using. Look at the yarn packaging for the hook size suggestion. The amount of hearts you can make will depend on the length of your yarn. I’m using extra chunky roving yarn for my hearts and a size P 16 mm hook

Basic crochet stitches / terms you’ll need to know

Next, let’s learn some basic stitches! Click on the term to learn what it means & how to do it:

Making the Crochet Heart

First, make a magic loop (or “magic ring”).
Then, chain 3.

Next, into the loop:
Triple crochet 2.
Double crochet 3.
Chain 1.

Triple crochet 1.
Chain 1.
Double crochet 3.
Triple crochet 2.
Chain 3.

You should now see the heart shape!

Then, pull yarn end of loop to close magic loop.
Now, slip stitch through center of heart (loop).
Finally, cut the yarn, and pull the ends through to back of heart with a yarn needle or your fingers.

Finish your heart by weaving in the ends into back of heart and trimming any excess yarn. Now, make some more of these easy crochet hearts (they’re so addicting)!

How to make a crochet heart banner

To make a garland, start by making 7 or more crochet hearts. Then, cut a long piece of extra yarn, and pull it from the back to the front through the left top side of one heart. Next, pull it from the front to the back on the right top side of the heart. Repeat until you’ve strung all of the hearts on the yarn. Finally, hang your banner with some hooks and now you can enjoy your handiwork!

How to make a chunky crochet heart banner - free pattern and tutorial

Video Tutorial on my YouTube Channel: Crochet Heart for Beginners & Heart Banner

I hope you found this tutorial and crochet pattern helpful! If you make some crochet hearts, I’d love to see. Share your creations on Instagram or Facebook and tag me, @thediymommy. Have fun crafting!

Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas

Get some sweet DIY ideas and Valentine’s day gifts to make by visiting my blogging friends’ posts, below!

First 2 Rows:

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

Next Two Rows:

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Next Two Rows:

Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

Final Two Rows:

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine

Chocolate Cherries Baileys Cookies by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere


  1. So adorable Christina! The perfect addition for so many places… I’m thinking our fireplace would look so pretty with one of these!

  2. Okay seriously. I am no good at knitting but these chunky hearts??? I gotta learn how to crochet! See. I don’t even know the difference between the two!!! I love this banner so much!! Happy V Day!!!

  3. Adorable! Great way to use up some leftover yarn from another project. And I love how these pink hearts look hung across the white headboard.

  4. Ah man, that banner is to die for, but to be honest what captured my eye was the ‘his’ and ‘hers’ throw pillows. They are so sweet and they have totally inspired me to get my vinyl cutter out to give it a whirl!! So cute!! I have done some crocheting before, but not sure I have the patient to make the banner! Cute though 🙂

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