Happy Valentines Day! I decided to quit being so bah-humbug about Valentines Day and try and decorate our house a little. I’m not big on decorations at all for any holiday, other than Christmas. And even then, its pretty minimal. So I decided to start small and simple with a garland for our fire place. I figure this in an area that we spend a lot of time and could use some inspiration. I is a decoration that is quick to make and also isn’t breakable if my little guy happens to find it. I’m super pleased with the result and think that I will continue this tradition for other holidays too. So stay tuned!
This DIY garland costs less than a dollar and literally takes like 10 minutes to make. Its about 5 1/2 feet long with 7 hearts but you can make yours to fit your needs or wants. It would look great on the wall, over a door way, or on a book shelf too. I think I might get more creative and hang garland in a few different places for upcoming holidays. Simple, beautiful and now I can pat myself on the back for feeling festive and creative. I even took some Valentines pictures of my little guy to send to his grandparents for Valentines and used this garland on my wall as the backdrop. It turned out perfect!
Time: 10 minutes
- 5-6 ft of bakers twine or string
- 1-2 paper sized pieces red felt from the craft store
- hot glue gun (tape or thread works too)
- piece of paper to make your stencil
- scissors and sharpie marker
- Step 1
Gather the materials needed and decide how long you want your garland. I chose to make mine about 5 1/2 feet long with 7 hearts.
Make your stencil using a piece of paper. Trace your stencil onto the felt using a sharpie. I was able to arrange mine carefully and fit all 7 on the one piece. If you are worried I’d pay the extra thirty cents and buy two. Cut out your hearts, cutting away all of the sharpie so you aren’t left with a line.
- Step 2
This step has a few options. You can use a hot glue gun, tape, or sew your hearts in place. I chose to sew mine and next time I think I’m going to use one of the other options. Sewing was fine but changing the bobbin adn thread to match was more work than I needed, hot glue would’ve been so much easier
Begin by finding the center of your string. If you have an odd number of hearts place the one of the hearts in the center here. I attached each heart so there was about 8″ of string between the edges of the heart. Continue to evenly space your hearts until you are done.
I love how this turned out.
Let me know what you do for Valentines and other holiday decorations. I’m in need of a little decor around here!