Jan 17, 2010

Valentines Day Garland

Valentines Day is right around the corner. V-day decorations are flooding every store. I have decided as a new mom that decorating for every holiday is a must. My mother did it for my sister and me which made even the smallest holiday special. I know Joee, my four month old, wont appreciate these decorations for a few years to come but I figured I could start accumulating decorations so that by the time I have enough stuff to feel decorated she will be old enought to appreciate them. However I am refusing to pay rediculous amounts of money for decorations. So I decided to be cheap and make my own using insperation from expesive store decorations.

Here is one of the items I liked at TJMAX that was $14.99

I decided that I was NOT going to pay $14.99 for this but I would rather try and make it.

I went to JoAnn's, the most wonderful craft store in which I always get "lost", and grabbed 10 small wooden hearts. They have a whole isle of wooden crafts, shapes, letters, etc. Each heart was about .29. .29x10= 2.90. I already had some ribbon I had bought a while back ( which was only .99 a spool, I didnt even use one spool on the project) So for about 3.89 (plus paint and glue gun if you dont already have these things) I made my own. Here is how I did it.

First I painted each heart a color that matched the little Valentines day classic heart candies. Let dry.

Second I painted sayings on each heart. I googled sayings for inspiration. (Luv You, Hug Me, Marry Me, etc)Let Dry.

Next I cut ribbons into 15in strands, one for each heart, and hot glued them to the back of the hearts. I put the hot glue dot close to the top of the heart where the little v part is, I choose not to center in the middle of the heart because then the top weighs more and flips the heart. Then the center of the 15in ribbon into the glue dot.

After the glue dried I took each heart and connected it to another heart by tying two of the strands in a knot and then making a bow.

Then I hung on my mantel. :)

The only thing that I would change about my hearts is my handwriting. I wish it was cleaner/neater :)

Sweet Crafting!


  1. Too cute! What a great idea for your blog, now you can have a place to share all your crafting ideas~ I am still working on my layout and header... I am ridiculous with it, i can't pick a picture =)

    By the way, did you sign up for the 2:30 time slot for the warrior race? I think all the girls are getting that time so we can race together. I am so psyched!

  2. This is SO cute!!! Yes- Lily, this is a cute idea for a blog... I know where I am going to go to get some ideas for Simon and I. The valentine Hearts are so cute and it seems so easy!!!! Good Job Cheryl!!!!