21 May

DIY Heart Garland

Travis and I spend a lot of time fantasizing about throwing parties, even though our tiny San Francisco apartment is only suited for small groups.  One of the things I love about parties is the excuse to transform the look of your house with fun decorations.  This project is easy, quick, and adds a sweet touch to any gathering.  (Bonus: if you have kids that like to do arts and crafts, this project is totally kid friendly!)

For this project, you’ll need kraft paper.  I used kraft wrapping paper ($2.99 at Target), but you could also use a paper bag.  You’ll also need scissors, thread, and a sewing machine.

Step 1: Cut out 2″-3″ squares of paper.  (Each square represents a heart; you’ll need 12-15 hearts per garland.)

Step 2: Remember how you cut out hearts as a kid?  Fold each square in half and cut out half a heart.  Then open it up and voila!  Finish cutting out all of your hearts.

Step 3: Crinkle up each heart into a ball, then un-crinkle it to reveal hearts with some added dimension.

Step 4: Sew your hearts together!  Pull your thread out from your needle so you start with a 3″ tail.  (You’ll use this to hang the garland later.)  Sew each heart right down the middle.  When you make it to the bottom of the heart, release the foot of the sewing machine and pull the heart about 3″ backwards.  This motion releases more thread, so you’ll have space between your hearts.  (Tip: keep firm tension on the “extra” thread between the hearts as you sew.  This will ensure a clean stitch down the middle of each heart.)

Step 5: Keep going until you’ve achieved your desired length, then hang up your decorations and enjoy!

Each of these garlands took less than ten minutes to make and they totally transform a room.  (We left them up all weekend and it made our house feel positively magical.)  The fun thing about this project is that you can use your imagination to cut out different shapes— stars for the 4th of July, cupcakes for a birthday party— the possibilities are endless!

What do you think of these DIY garlands?  Think it’s a project you could tackle?  Got any parties coming up?  Start crafting!

{ posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 }


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