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Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Garland How-to

This project is for personal, non-commercial use.

We thought we would share the love this week and post a sweet little Valentine garland how-to. Try these simple steps so you can create your own festive heart garland to decorate your Valentine's tree, drape over a doorway or string along a bookcase.
• Color cover stock
• Craft glue
• White string or thin ribbon
• 1/16" circle puncher
• Heart shape puncher
• Paper mini flowers
• Hot glue gun
• Scissors

Step 1.
Choose some nice heavy weight color paper. We went with two different colors (pink & red) for a two tone heart look. With your heart puncher (if you don't have a heart punch you can make a paper template and trace it and cut it out by hand). Punch out a bunch of hearts; you will need the same amount of hearts in each color.

Step 2.
Take one of each color heart and with your scissors cut a slit in the bottom of one heart and a slit in the top of the other heart.

Step 3.
Slide the hearts together

Step 4.
Make as many as you wish.

Step 5.
Use your glue and run a bead of glue down the heart for extra strength.

Step 6.
Once your paper hearts have dried take your 1/16" puncher and make a hole for the string.

Step 7.
Cut a piece of string or ribbon to whatever length you need and make a loop at one end. We made our garland approx 20" long.

Step 8.
String your hearts through the string and loop the other end. Equally space your heart on your string.

Step 9.
Now with your glue gun add a dab of glue on each side of the heart so your hearts won't slide. (we used a glue gun because the glue dries super fast but you could use regular glue if you wish)

Step 10.
Then glue your paper flowers in between the paper hearts.

There you have it.... your Valentine Hearts & Flowers garland.

Have fun... be creative... use your own imagination to create your own lovely Valentine's garland!

Our How-to is also linked up to these creative DIY sites: Whipperberry & The DIY showoff


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