A Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift (That Smells Divine)

Is there anything more luxurious than the vanilla bean? Aside from the fact that they grow on orchids, the beans (known as tlilxochitl, “the black flower,” by the Aztecs) emit a fragrance that is almost otherworldly. All reasons why the seductive vanilla bean is the perfect candidate for a modern Valentine’s Day gift.

Alexa, associate editor at Remodelista, first spotted this idea for creating heart-shaped vanilla bean ornaments in last year’s Retro Valentine’s Workshop at Echo Park’s Cookbook Grocery and filed away the idea. This February, she is making the little hearts to send to loved ones to hang in their kitchens and eventually use for a number of infusions.  Want to try the project yourself? Here are the sources and step-by-step instructions below.

Above: The inspiration: black hearts hanging on the wall at Cookbook Grocery in LA (available for $14 each at the shop).

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Above: Twist two sets of two vanilla beans tightly together and secure at the top and bottom with clothespins.

Above: Work the shape of the twisted beans into a heart-like curve. Cut two lengths of thread or waxed linen to tie at each end.

Above: Twist the bottom of the heart together and secure with a tight knot. Wrap the thread in and out of the twisted vanilla beans to make sure they’re tightly intertwined.

Looking for more DIY ideas for the kitchen? See Remodelista‘s posts Dip-Dyed Wooden Spoons and Ladder as a Pot Rack.

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Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Lisa Gourley
Lisa Gourley2 years ago


Lisa Gourley
Lisa Gourley2 years ago


Angie B.
Angela B.2 years ago

Mmmmmm...interesting idea!!

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider2 years ago

Love it! Thanks :-)

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago


Sue H.
Sue H.2 years ago

Interesting, but I don't think I'd want black hearts hanging around my kitchen even if they did smell good.

a             y m.
g d c.2 years ago

now, this is very unique!!! :-) ty

Lorna S.
Lorna S.2 years ago

Thank you

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.2 years ago

It would take me too long to be a "last minute" activity.