Now that I have taken down all the signs of Christmas in my home, my mantel is looking a little bare. Normally I don’t do much decorating for Valentine’s Day at all, being a single gal and all. But this year I decided, why not celebrate love and celebrate it as long as I can.
I didn’t want to go too over the top, so I thought a nice, simple garland for my mantel would be the perfect addition and not too overwhelming. And after the holiday season, I didn’t want to break the bank with it either. Luckily, I was able to make this garland with items I already had in my craft supplies.
All you need is:
Card Stock – I used 3 different shades of red
Xacto Knife and cutting mat
I used 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and cut it in to strips that were 8 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide. My mantel is quite wide so using 1 sheet of each of the 3 colors cut into the strips ended up being enough.
To make each of the hearts, you just need to take one of your already cut strips and fold it in half. This will be the base or bottom of your hearts.
Place a small line of glue on the outside edge of the strip. You then need to stick it to the inside edge of the other side of the strip to make your heart. You’ll need to hold the glue for about 15-20 seconds to ensure it is going to stay stuck.
Continue these steps until you have enough hearts for the length of your mantel.
Next you will need to cut the wool to string your garland. I measured the length of my mantel and then added 8-10 inches. Thread the wool through your needle and one by one, piece though sides of the hearts about 2 inches up from the bottom.
Once you have added all your hearts, would likely will need to go back and plump and arrange them as they tends to squish and lose a bit of their shape as I was threading them on to the wool.
When they are all arranged on the wool, all you need to do is add them to your mantel and celebrate love. I found that if you alternated them up and down they hung better.
Something else that I am loving and celebrating is after a bit of a hiatus last year, I will be rejoining the lovely ladies of the Inspire My Creativity link party as a co-host which happens every month on the second Wednesday. Each month we will post a craft with a theme that we previously decided on. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we decide that January’s theme would be a free for all and everyone could decide what they wanted to create. Below you’ll find a ton of great posts from our co-hosts and I hope you’ll check them out and be inspired to try one! If you have a craft that you would like to share, be sure to add to the Link Party.
- Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
- Christine | Swordfights & Starry Nights
- Meg | See The Happy
- Candice | She’s Crafty
- Julia | The Quiet Grove
- Heather | Glitter On A Dime
- Rachel | Adventures of a DIY Mom
- Jenny | Cookies, Coffee and Crafts
- Anna | Practical and Pretty
- Carmen | Living Letter Home
- Cathy | A Boy and His Mom
- Sarah | The Strawberry Nest
- Adree | The Keele Deal
- Aimee | Things Small and Simple
- Teri | T. Moore Home
Next Month’s Theme: Buttons