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Video: DIY Hearts for Lattes & Cappuccinos

by Grace Bonney

I’ve been working on a little love declaration of my own all week as part of our February Instagram challenge. My and pages seem to be a constant love letter to my cat, so I decided to focus my declaration on my other love: my morning latte. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I turned 30, but now that I do, I can’t imagine my mornings (or waking up) without it. One of my favorite things about lattes in particular is the that so often comes on top. I’ve been wanting to learn how to replicate some of the popular styles (leaves, tulips, etc.), so I decided to have our final Valentine’s DIY of the month break down the art of making hearts in your morning coffee drinks!

With help from Alex Lambert from in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we learned the quick and easy steps for creating a little milk heart. Whether you’re surprising someone you love with a last-minute coffee Valentine or just treating yourself to a dressed-up drink, this how-to is perfect for celebrating the holiday and getting your day started. Thanks so much to everyone at for letting us hang out yesterday! xo, grace

The full steps and still photos continue after the jump . . .

1. Pour steamed milk, starting on the far end of the cup.

2. Let the milk puddle toward the far end of the cup, pushing in toward the middle a little bit.

3. Slowly push toward the center, as you continue to pour, to form the top of the heart.

4. Drag the milk down the center of the heart and off the other end of the cup to finish the heart shape.

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