DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

With Valentines Day just around the corner and this week’s pug photo challenge theme being LOVE, I wanted to share with you some simple and cute DIY Valentine pug photo props for you to get making and using in photos. Not only are these simple and cute, they are super cheap and you can do a few different styles of photos with the same props. Who doesn’t love that?

To start our DIY Valentine pug photo props, we just need a few items and they are:

– One sheet of RED or PINK cardboard (I picked this up at the bargain store just $1.50)

– A pair of scissors

– One round cake tin

– A pencil

– Black sharpie

– Blu tack

The first thing to do is to have your sheet of cardboard flat. Using a pencil and the cake tin, create semi circles to form a heart. I did this at the corner of the cardboard so that I only had to cut the curved edges as I am using the  corner edges for the bottom half of the heart. Now I did this two times at opposing corners so that I would have two large hearts. Cut these out but keep the remaining cardboard for the next set of photos.

Now with the first heart, you can use it as is in a photo or you can get your sharpie and write on it “Be Mine”. This is the first photo I created using the first heart with “Be Mine” written on it.


DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Now with the second heart, you will need to cut a circle out of the middle according to your pug’s head. This is going to look so cute as you will put the heart over your pug’s head. Here is an idea from the photo I created.

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Now we get to use the left over cardboard to cut out as many small hearts as you can. I cut out about 24 hearts of different sizes and well different shapes of hearts as I did it free hand. The first photo I used these hearts for was just to scatter them around Ref whilst he was sitting or lying down and getting him to look up at me whilst I take the photo from above.

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

The second image I created using the hearts was using some blu tack to stick them to a light coloured wall to use as a backdrop. You can stick them to the wall in any creative way you like. Maybe even create a heart on the wall using the small hearts. Here is what I created using the small hearts on the wall.

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Have some fun creating a range of different images using one sheet of cardboard. You can even introduce some other props that you already have like a bow tie…

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Or some devil ears…

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Or maybe you have a cute costume like this bee one.

DIY Valentine Pug Photo Props |

Whatever you have, just have lots of fun creating some fun loving images with your pug. And make sure you share your photos with on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We love seeing your photos.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Amy on February 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    These are ADORABLE!!!! I really like the idea of miniature hearts scattered around the floor 🙂 I’d love to try the head through the heart thing although I know my two would run around crazily trying to rip it off!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you Amy! Just remember that taking photos of your dog needs to be taught. Start with basics then introduce the camera. Once they are cool with it, then you can start to introduce props. Have fun creating some valentine’s photos anyway.

  2. Avatar Larissa on February 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    OMG! So cute and such a great idea for a valentines day gift. I am going to do this with my two dogs as a present for my hubby! Thanks for sharing! x

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Larissa. Please share the photos that you take with us on Facebook.

  3. Avatar Vanessa O'Sh on February 10, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Gorgeous ideas! I’ll be trying them out with Indy tomorrow.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Vanessa. Can’t wait to see the photos. I’m sure Indy will be adorable with a heart around his head.

  4. Avatar Andrea @ Sublime Finds on February 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    The bow ties! So much cute!! Love everything about this, especially your stunning model! x

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 11, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Andrea! Ref loves being in front of the camera which helps.

  5. Avatar Raphaelle on February 11, 2015 at 5:52 am

    OMG!! How adorable! What a great model you have 🙂

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thanks for stopping by Raphaelle. I’m very lucky to have this boy as my model.

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