Valentine’s Day Heart Garland – Inspired by Pinterest

Last week, I lamented the fact that Pinterest was making me craft-lazy , but I knew I could change. So I posted several Valentine’s projects that I had pinned and asked you to pick one for Newt and me to make. This was the winner:

Source: ohcrafts.net via Heidi on Pinterest

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Adorable, no?
The garland that we made looks no where near as cute, but oh-well pretty much nothing like it. However, I do like the way ours turned out and it was fun to do a little crafting together.

Here’s how to make one like ours:

1. Go to the Wal-Mart paint department. Consider the colors… Choose reds, pinks and purple for Valentine’s Day.
I loved the colors on my inspiration garland, but was, um, less than inspired by the paint card choices at the store. Though I’m not sure I can entirely blame the paint cards – the whole process made me a bit nervous.
Look furtively around then slip several paint cards into your purse.
I know they are free, but I still felt a bit like I was up to no good (considering the fact that I had no intentions to buy their paint for this project). What are your thoughts? Is it ethical to take paint cards without intending to buy paint? #firstworldproblems

2. While at Wal-Mart, go look at their paper punches. They do not, have not, and likely will not ever have what is needed. Remember that you have a punch at home that will work.

3. Go home and dump out three baskets of craft supplies to find heart-shaped punch. Huh. It’s smaller than you remember. Make do.

4. Start punching. Realize that you do not want to poke a needle (twice each) through all those tiny hearts. Decide to glue. Realize that this will not only be easier, it will make your garland double-sided, perfect for hanging on a window. In your face, inspiration piece!

5. Lay several hearts, wrong side up on a piece of tag-board (which is fancy-speak for an old manilla folder). Put a dab of craft glue near the top of each heart. Lay a length of crochet thread (or whatever you have lying in a drawer somewhere) on top of the glue.

6. Place another heart wrong side down, sandwiching thread and glue in the middle. Allow to dry, then hang somewhere prominent so everyone can ooh-and-ahh over (or make crazy-eyes under) your “hard” “work”.

Total cost: $0 (if you have a punch, glue and thread buried in your crafting supplies).

Newt and I had so much fun, we also made the scrap fabric knotted heart wreath. I’ll share it later in the week.

What projects are you working on?

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8 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Heart Garland – Inspired by Pinterest”

  1. Melissa845 says:

    I love that you hung it on the window! I love that it was free :)
    I have been making crocheted envelopes.
    http://shannoneileenblog.typepad.com/happiness-is/2011/10/crocheted-envelopes.html

  2. Diana B says:

    Super cute garland. I am with you about the paint cards. I think there are a bunch of cute ideas to use them for ‘free’ but it is it really free in the long run? I have yet to grab paint cards for this reason. My plan is to hound people when I know they are painting a room ~ and I’ll take their leftovers for free. :D And I’m currently not working on any craft projects, unless cleaning out the garage so that I can set up a crafting/sewing area counts? :)

  3. Candy Conrad says:

    Your garland turned out cute and I love that ya’ll hung it on the window!
    I knitted a mini owl washcloth yesterday from a free pattern on Ravelry. That’s about it from here! :)

  4. Cate says:

    I LOVE this idea! I must try it!

    I don’t consider taking paint cards stealing, though I do always feel a little weird when I go into Home Depot for some and don’t buy anything else. I actually use them as bookmarks, too. But I use them for color inspiration when decorating, and do buy paint fairly frequently, so I don’t worry about it too much.

  5. Super cute! I love this idea and will have to remember this for next year.

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