I love decorating for the different seasons and holidays. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided to make a Valentine heart garland. This craft is super easy to do with kids who are old enough to use scissors and glue. You can hang it from a fireplace mantle, or the tissue paper in the middle creates a beautiful stained glass effect when the garland is hung on a window.
- 4 sheets of red and pink patterned paper (the paper featured here is from Michaels…check the scrapbook paper section of your crafts store)
- red tissue paper
- baker’s twine or other string to hang the hearts from
1- First determine the length of your garland. Use a tape measure to measure how long it should be depending on where you will hang it. Take into account how much the garland will drape down. Then cut the baker’s twine to this length, plus 6 inches extra on each side for hanging.
2- Determine the size of the hearts you want. I recommend 5-6 inches. Fold the first piece of paper and draw half a heart, with the center being at the fold (remember doing this in elementary school?). Note: My paper is double-sided, which is why you can see the pattern on the other side. The other side won’t be visible, so don’t worry if yours is single-sided.
3- Draw a smaller heart inside the larger one.
4- Now cut out the large heart.
5- Refold the heart, and cut out the smaller heart. Now you will have a heart with a heart-shaped cut-out.
6- If you’re happy with this heart, use it as a template to cut out more hearts.
7- Cut out as many hearts as you want for your garland, taking into account the desired length of your garland.
8- Next, cut out a rectangular piece of red tissue paper large enough to cover the heart cut-out.
9 – Glue the tissue paper to the BACK side of the heart.
10 – Flip it over, and you have your first completed heart.
11 – Repeat gluing the tissue paper to the back side of all of your heart cut-outs.
12 – Using clear tape, tape the hearts to the baker’s twine. Leave about 1 inch of space between each one, so the garland can drape down properly.
13 – That’s it! Now you’re ready to hang up your garland.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. Happy Valentine’s Day!