Valentine DIY: Heart Paper Garland


A guest post by Pascale of Between the Lines

I got this idea when I walked into one of my girls’ rooms the other day. Both girls have their snowflake garland still up. Hence: “Why not make a valentine’s heart garland?”
So, that’s what I did last night and part of this morning. Again this is a fairly simple little craft.

This time I used some left over wrapping paper — though only two really tiny pieces left, I saved them because I really liked the print. And see! I already made use of it!
Also, some colorful origami paper and felted beads . The latter is totally optional and any bead would do. Though mainly decorative, by adding a bead at the bottom you weigh down the garland a little. And finally, I also used a heart template, which I found here — lazy as I was. Although the template is a full heart, you can use just half of it and place it to the fold of your paper to get a full heart. But I guess that’s pretty obvious. The nice thing about the template is that the heart comes in two sizes which saves you some time if you want to combine small and big hearts as I did.

Now for the cutting part, I used two folding techniques (ooohhh! big word: technique). As you can see in the picture above, one way to go is by folding the heart starting from the center (the green heart). The blue heart shows what it looks like when you fold from the bottom tip. Please, let me know if this doesn’t sound clear – I guess I could add a little sketch. My initial idea was to cut out the words: “I love you”. I thought I had it figured out – I even made a template with folding lines etc. But it didn’t entirely work out the way I wanted for the simple reason the capital letter “L” isn’t symmetrical. And since I wanted to have this little craft posted, I just gave up for the time being. I’ll try it again and will let you know (as I’m writing this: you might as well cut out the “L” without any folding – why didn’t I think of that…). Important note, though, when working with words: if you do want to cut out words and don’t want to trace on the front of your paper but rather on the back, don’t forget to trace the letters in mirror view – I know what I’m talking about…

After cutting out your hearts and snipping away the pieces, take your hearts to the ironing board and iron on a low setting — for imprinted paper iron on the back and put something underneath in order to avoid the print rubbing of onto your iron or ironing board – I know what I’m talking about (the board now has a slightly red-ish flowery print in one particular spot – don’t tell anyone). I’m not clumsy – I’m just a little tired!

Once done that, take everything to your sewing machine and stitch everything together. If you want to thread beads onto it, make sure to leave a long enough end of thread on either side you want the beads and at the top also include a margin to tie a loop for hanging.

Final step: you’ve just ironed everything flat, now you’re going to fold the hearts a little closed again. This will allow the light to shine through and will give a nice twirl to your garland as well – as to the nice twirl, I know what I’m talking about as I’m the one who tried to make pictures in the light studio…

See them twirl (above right)…?

Et voila! A valentine’s garland! The girls really liked the garlands and have already decided who get’s which one…

About Pascale: She is wife and mother of two, who enjoys making crafts with fabric, yarn, wool, paper, paint, and glue for her blog, Between the Lines. Pascale currently lives in Paris.

*This is the third of four Valentines Day diy projects shared this week. To view the other V-Day tutorials, scroll through this week’s posts on the blog. And for more ideas on quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorial and diy page filled with more than 50 diys. If you like this diy project, please help me spread the word by using the twitter and facebook buttons below. Thank you so much.

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So pretty! I’m sure your girls LOVE them!
I’ve been pinning like mad…LOTS of Valentine ideas.
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Char | February 10th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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What a cute idea – I love the use of different coloured papers!
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Julia @ Boredom Abounds | February 11th, 2011 at 12:56 am

love these… I will do that and have a memorable St-Valentin! Mireille
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Mireille | February 11th, 2011 at 2:31 am

Such a lovely idea! I think I may have to go on a paper hunt and make some of my own!
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Crystal Errington-Deamer | February 11th, 2011 at 9:50 am

Yes. I think the paper selection makes all the difference with this project. Hope you have fun with it!

papernstitch | February 11th, 2011 at 10:17 am

Is it string you used to hang? How do you attach the hearts? thanks

Gia Janvrin | February 11th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

this is so pretty and I know girls..they will want it up all year …why not is a great reminder of the love we need…

elk | February 11th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Hi Gia. I believe its string and its just threaded through the holes. And Elk, I love what you said >>”it is a great reminder of the love we need”

papernstitch | February 11th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Ok thanks. I’ll have to decide between the one above and this one: But both look fun!

Gia Janvrin | February 11th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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sore | February 10th, 2012 at 1:27 am

Love this. I would like to feature this in my Valentine post for February.
Do you mind if I write about it ?

Rabzee | January 8th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This is so pretty…

Sneha | June 13th, 2013 at 1:15 am

Wow this is stunning, going to Pin this one for sure! Thank you for sharing!

Paperistas | August 15th, 2013 at 5:33 am
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