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:
(You might want to use a little pot to put the glue in).
Let’s Make a DIY Heart Garland!
Step 1. Draw some hearts onto the cardboard. (The cardboard I used was 4mm thick).
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.
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.
I made six hearts, all slightly different shapes and sizes but you can make as many as you want!
Step 3. Brush a generous layer of Craft Glue over a heart.
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.
Gently press each length down into the glue.
Your yarn covered heart should look something like this.
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.
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.
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.
Altogether I made six hearts, two Ticking Stripe, two Slate Grey and two Cream.
Step 9. Once the glue has completely dried, use Sharp Craft Scissors to trim off the excess material from all six hearts.
Now let’s cover the cardboard edges…
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.
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.
Step 12. Attach the platted twine to the other half.
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.
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.
Attach the yarn edging to the remaining hearts.
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.
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