Friday, January 15, 2010

Craft: Valentine's Day Garland

I decided to make another Valentine's Day craft - I've already hung up the garland because I was so happy with how it turned out.

I got the idea from this garland and used this paper for the hearts.

Supplies: Heart template, paper, scissors, sewing machine, thread
Cost: $0 if you already have paper

First I printed the patterned paper.


Then I cut out each separate square.


I printed the outline of a heart on card stock and cut it out. I used that as a template and traced four hearts on the back of each square.

I cut out all of the hearts.
 The hearts were sorted by pattern and I decided the order I wanted them on the garland.
I put white thread into my sewing machine and just sewed the hearts together.

I hung one in our kitchen, near the window, and one on a frame in our living room.
 

It turned out far better than I thought it would and I was so impressed and excited at how nice they looked that I made 7 strings of garland...yes, 7. :-\ I made two for my casa and a set to mail each of my sisters and to give to three friends.

I wrapped the garland around a 1/4 of a piece of card stock to mail it.
I loved this so much I might try to make similar garland for different holidays. I think the garland will last and I will be able to use it for future Valentine's Days if I make sure to pack the garland carefully.

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28 comments:

  1. Jessika, those turned out beautiful! You have so much patience, hand cutting all those hearts!

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  2. Those are so cute! I might have to try that myself. I don't have a sewing machine so I'll have to get a little creative when it comes to that part of it :)

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  3. What a cute idea! I might have to try this - I know my daughter would love to have some hanging in her room.

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  4. How long did it take to cut out hearts? They are so cute.

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  5. Super cute! You have inspired me to make a garland now too. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. I'm loving all the pretty heart garlands I'm seeing everywhere. Each one unique and sweet like yours!
    Great job and very clever idea to stitch them together on the machine!

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  7. That is simply beautiful! Love it, and it looks so great where you have it! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. You sewed it together! That's awesome! Very cute!

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  9. very clever! i love it! gotta uncover my sewing machine to try this!

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  10. Very nice! You are so clever!

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  11. I found your blog on Today's Creative Blog. I love this idea. I'll have to do it. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. That's a darling garland! I'll have to use the heart shape to make some heart projects of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Very sweet - I think this is a must do project for Valentine's Day!

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  14. Oh wow, what an awesome idea to sew them together like that.
    You're my favorite idea find for today, Thanks!
    Lynea

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  15. This is great and so simple! Love it. You have cute ideas and a great blog! Blessings,
    Debbie

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  16. SO CUTE! Simple and easy and ADORABLE! love it!

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  17. Yay! So adorable!

    Glad you could Mi4m :)

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  18. So simple yet so fabulous! I love it!

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  19. So cute I included a link to this post today:
    http://simplifiedbee.blogspot.com/2010/01/love-it-diy-valentines-cards-and.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    xo,
    cristin

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  20. I loved this so much, and my new home lacks any and all valentine's day decorations (which is odd because Halloween & Christmas we go all out), that I was inspired to make festive garland! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and a Cricut... so I am in crafting heaven! This was the first project that I've completed using both amazing pieces of machinery! My husband was beyond impressed and it was so easy!!!!

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  21. Thanks for all of the nice comments everyone!

    Cristin - thanks for putting a link to this project on your blog!

    Katie - I'm sure it was a lot easier using a cricut instead of cutting all of the hearts out by hand. :-) I'm glad you impressed your husband and now have a great Valentine's Day decoration.

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  22. That is so cute. I usually find V-day crafts a bit OTT, but that one is just perfect. I might even give it a try.

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  23. Wow-very cute! I just might have to try that one myself!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jody

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  24. What a cute project! It looks really simple!

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