…my Christmas decorations are down! I delayed so long that it is time to lay out some Valentine’s decorations. This spurred a bit of lazy creativity; I repurposed my mini Christmas tree into a Valentine’s centerpiece. Added to some Target garland (see more of their affordable holiday items – I love Spritz!).
I decided to replace my kitchen Christmas garland with a DIY garland because I have some time for crafting after my recent lectures are complete. I saw this killer Brit + Co. article on 5 DIY Paint Chip Garlands for Valentine’s Day and was inspired. They used a heart-shaped hole punch but did some fancy sewing machine business to secure the chips – this is some next-level stuff that I will file away on Pinterest for another project! I have a broken bobbin and haven’t gotten everything up and running. So I compromised and used a needle and baker’s twine.
Valentine’s Paint Chip Heart Garland
- Paint chips (amount depends on length of garland you desire)
- Baker’s twine
- Large needle
- Scissors or heart-shaped die cut puncher (like this one from Martha Stewart or this one from Michael’s).
- Get some paint chips from your local paint/home supply store.
- Punch out some hearts (or circles, or other shapes – be creative) – the punch definitely saved me some time! You can stick to one color, blend multiple colors in a variegated pattern as I have done, or create a truly ombre look. I did end up with some hearts that were not complete as I was trying to get as many as possible (the sugar cookie conundrum) – some I ditched and some I save for other crafts. The left over cut outs were used in the Brit + Co. article to a nice effect.
- Starting on one end of the twine, thread your needle and punch the needle with some force through the heart (I went front-to-back and then back-to-front so that the middle of the heart does not have the twine showing – you could reverse this for a different look). The paper is soft enough it is easy to punch through but does leave a little bit of a raw edge on the side you push through from. It didn’t mar the look for me at all.
- Thread this heart as far down as you desire.
- Continue in this manner until you have a garland of desired length. I had to rearrange my garland to make it a bit longer as I ended up with more hearts than I had anticipated.
- Tie knots on either end, trim your garland as desired and hang it. I can’t wait to try this with other shapes and colors and maybe using the sewing machine text time.