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DIY Heart Garland

DIY heart garland

With Valentines Day in mind, today I’m showing you how to make this sweet little DIY Heart Garland. I’m not a big fan red hearts, even for Valentines Day, so I’ve used natural colours of grey, cream and a vintage ticking blue stripe to contrast with my decor.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Chunky Knitting Yarn in Slate Grey 

Chunky Knitting Yarn in Cream

Vintage Ticking Stripe Pastel Blue Fabric

Sharp Softgrip Craft Scissors

Craft Glue

Twine

Hot Glue Gun

Cardboard

Brush

Pen

Pegs

(You might want to use a little pot to put the glue in).

diy heart garland

Let’s Make a DIY Heart Garland!

Step 1. Draw some hearts onto the cardboard. (The cardboard I used was 4mm thick).

diy heart garland

I have hand-drawn the hearts for my garland as you might be able to tell. Some people may want their hearts to be perfectly symmetrical, but I like things to be different, and not perfect. I’ve made a FREE A4 Printable of my hand-drawn hearts if you would like to use it. Click here. Just download the Pdf, cut the hearts out, then draw around them on your cardboard.

diy heart garland
diy heart garland

Step 2. Cut the hearts out using Sharp Craft Scissors. If your cardboard is quite thick, you really need to use a good pair of sharp scissors to get a neat edge. I’m sure thinner cardboard would work fine if you don’t have the right scissors. Don’t worry if the cardboard bends and creases during the cutting out.

diy heart garland

I made six hearts, all slightly different shapes and sizes but you can make as many as you want!

diy heart garland

Step 3. Brush a generous layer of Craft Glue over a heart.

diy heart garland

Step 4. Cut lengths of Cream Yarn longer than the width of the heart, then one by one lay them on the glue going in one direction. Cover the entire heart.

diy heart garland

Gently press each length down into the glue.

diy heart garland

I think thick chunky yarn works best for this DIY. I’ve used my favourite Slate Grey and Cream coloured Chunky Yarns. Although this yarn looks like expensive wool, its actually a very reasonably priced 20% wool and 80% acrylic mix!

diy heart garland

Your yarn covered heart should look something like this.

diy heart garland

Step 5. Turn the heart over so the cardboard is on the top.

Tip: Stand an object on top to help keep the yarn pressed into the glue. Leave to dry.

diy heart garland

Repeat steps 3-5 to another three hearts then leave to dry.

I covered two hearts in the grey and two in the cream yarn.

Tip: It can take quite a few hours for the glue to dry, so it’s a good idea to leave them drying overnight.

Here’s one I covered in the Slate Grey Chunky Yarn.

diy heart garland

Now let’s make the Striped Fabric Hearts…

Step 6. Cut out a square of Vintage Ticking Stripe Fabric bigger than the heart you want to cover.

Step 7. Cover the heart with craft glue.

Step 8. Press the square of fabric onto the glued heart then put something heavy on, to keep it pressed down.

diy heart garland

Altogether I made six hearts, two Ticking Stripe, two Slate Grey and two Cream.

diy heart garland

Step 9. Once the glue has completely dried, use Sharp Craft Scissors to trim off the excess material from all six hearts.

DIY heart garland

Now let’s cover the cardboard edges…

diy heart garland

Let’s start with the striped hearts

Step 10. Platt a length of twine long enough to cover half of the striped heart plus extra for the tail. (Platting the twine  makes it wide enough to cover the cardboard edge). Repeat this so you have two separate platts for one heart.

diy heart garland

Step 11. Use a hot glue gun to attach the twine to the striped heart. Start at the top centre of the heart, then glue it around one side and down to the bottom. Leave the end hanging loose.

diy heart garland

Step 12. Attach the platted twine to the other half.

diy heart garland

Now for the Yarn Hearts…

13. Glue a length of yarn around the heart, starting at the bottom and ending in the same place. leave a tail of yarn hanging.

diy heart garland

Be careful when pressing the yarn into the hot glue (I used a peg to save my fingers!). You could use craft glue if you prefer.

diy heart garland

Attach the yarn edging to the remaining hearts.

diy heart garland

14. Tie some Twine where you want to hang your garland.

15. Arrange the hearts on the twine using pegs to hold them in position.

diy heart garland

Stand back from the garland to double check the hearts are all hanging where you want them. You might want to leave the hearts pegged on! It looks good, but I wanted to see the full shape of the heart.

(Like my DIY Easter Inspired Jumping Rabbit Cushion? Get your FREE Printable Rabbit Template and read about it in last weeks post!)

diy heart garland

16. One at a time, unclip each heart from its peg, then apply hot glue to the top of the back of the heart and glue it to the Twine in place of the peg.

That’s it! All finished.

DIY heart garland

Here’s a link to where you can buy this Gorgeous Quality Ticking Stripe Fabric.

diy heart garland

My daughter thought I had knitted them!

DIY heart garland

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