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Valentine Heart Garland: Good Living Magazine Project

Holiday & seasonal crafts, Valentine's day  |  January 13th 2012  |  0 Comment

Valentine Heart Garland: Good Living Magazine Project

Bam…and then…Smack!

Yep…that was me falling out of my chair because not only am I posting twice in one week but I actually have a crafty one for ya.  Just shocking. But Valentines Day is approaching and in the last few years this has become one of my absolute favorite crafty holidays.  It may just be because I have 2 girls and maybe a smidge of a romantic heart.

But I can get wordy (as you know) and I got a LOT of photos here so I am going to stop being chatty and tell you about this fun garland which is one of the projects I did for the January/February issue of Good Living Magazine. It has been so fun being the Craft Writer for a local magazine I really love and support.

This garland is an upcycled wonder of goodness made from cereal boxes, old sweaters, scrap fabric, and even a pair of snuggly socks. It is pretty easy to do and you can get crazy resourceful with different materials.  As a lot of you know, I like to use what I have on hand and not lose coin on all my crafty endeavors.

Here’s how I did it…
I used a cookie cutter as my template and cut out about 15 hearts from a cereal box.
I roughly cut out another heart slightly larger than my template with the plain cardboard side facing down.
I then pulled the fabric (in this case an old sweater) taught and hot glued it around as I went. Now I have to tell you I use hot glue for everything because it is fast… but I burn myself constantly.
Fabric glue like Fabritac works great but it dries FAST so you gotta work quickly.
This is what they look like done.  Here I used burlap, an old sweater, and some red ticking.
Sooo pretty and I love the different textures!
I glued a length of twine that I pre-measured beforehand to the length of all my hearts leaving excess on either end for hanging.
If I was thinking, I would have glued these higher across the widest part of the heart so that they would not flip when you hung them.  I plan on hanging them against a door or wall so I am not too worried about it.
I then cut our several hearts from felt using the same cookie cutter as a template but cutting them out slightly smaller.
I glued them to the backs to cover up all the ugly stuff. :)
And there you have a pretty garland.

There you have it!