Valentine’s Day Heart Garland

by Destri on January 18, 2010

Handmade Heart Garland for Valentines Day Decor

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With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, I think we can safely bring out the Valentine decor, no?  Oh good, because it is one of my favorites to decorate for!  This garland is one that I made last year to hang from our wooden beam.  It’s in Utah, we’re in Arkansas.  Dang it.  So I will probably be making another one, only this year I think I will use paper instead of fabric, that way the kids can help in the fun.  It’s the perfect rainy day craft.  All you need is paper, scissors, glue, some string and your set!

I should mention I was inspired by this garland on Pottery Barn.  So if you’re not into making your own, you can buy it!

Diy Three Dimensional Heart Garland


  • Fabric or paper, whichever your preference
  • Heat bond (heavy) for fabric, glue or glue stick for paper
  • String for both hanging the garland and the hearts
  • Card stock or an old card

*If you are using paper, skip the fabric part.  I know you knew that, but it was worth mentioning ;).

Start by ironing your fabric to heat bond.  I had pre-cut squares so I just overlapped them a little on top of a large piece of heat bond.  If you are using paper you skip this step.

Next you want to cut the fabric into strips wide enough to fold in half and still make the size of heart you want.

Now take an old card or card stock to make a template for your heart.  If you don’t want them the same size, you could skip this step and just start cutting out the hearts.  I wanted two sizes so I made two templates to cut around.

Just slide your template over the fabric folded in half and cut around to make your heart.

After you have them cut out take the back of the heat bond off three of the hearts.

Place one heart on top of another and fold half of the top heart on to itself as shown.

Now place the third heart on top of the other two so each half is connected.  Iron each half for a few seconds to secure heat bond.

Fold the heart in half to make a little hole, if you are using paper you could use a hole punch, then string yarn or ribbon through the holes.  I made a knot at the top so they would hang straight.

Now hang your string that the hearts will be hanging from.  Then tie the hearts on….you’re done!  Don’t you think they would look super cute over a mantel?  If only I had a mantel.  They would look great in a store front window too, just sayin’.

Here are a few that were made last year, and readers were kind enough to send pictures.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love getting pictures?  Totally make my day :)

Tina made these with her little boy using paper, I had to share, they turned out way cute.

Cynthia left a comment mentioning how her kids made them with paper and hung them from her chandelier….so so cute!

Thanks for sending me the pictures!

Elizabeth from My Crafty Nest made them into cupcake toppers, so clever.  Think I will be adding that to my list.

Looking for more ideas? Find most our favorites on our Valentine’s Day Page.


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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney January 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm

oh goodness those are so cute! i love valentines day!


Destri January 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Thanks!!!! I am so glad you jumped on to see, I usually don’t post midday but I was giddy with excitement!!! They would look so so cute on a mantel.


Lynette January 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm

How cute – gotta love a “snatch and grab” from good ole Pottery Barn! Bet their’s was something like $39 and your’s was a much better deal and made with love to boot!


Destri January 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Thanks Lynette! I think total mine cost around $10, but if someone had scarp fabric, oh so cheap!


Maria January 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Oh Destri, that turned out darling. My big boy is so into cutting right now I think I will let him cut some hearts and make a special garland for his room.


Destri January 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm

This really would be perfect for kids, just do the ironing for them, I am going to tale the backing from the heat bond and let Hank color them and hang them in his room.


jenjen January 19, 2010 at 12:55 am

Very cute project! So bright and cheerful!



Heather January 19, 2010 at 4:20 am

I love this, they’re cute!

Feel free to link this up at Talented Tuesday on My Frugal Family:


Stacey @ Fun to Craft January 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

I love these!! SO cute and similar to the PB version but I am sure WAY cheaper! Thanks for sharing!!


Tami January 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

Very Adorable, I think I’ll have to make tons of these. Thanks so much for sharing.

Mom to Krystal @ sew curiosity.


Tina January 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have been looking for some fun things to do to decorate a little for Val day. These are perfect and easy enough to do with my little guy!


Destri January 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

Tina, I think I would use paper if I were doing this with little ones, it will allow them to be more involved.


Tina January 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

I was thinking paper would be ok…you are right, the rest looks too complicated for him, but I think I would get the same effect…


Diana @ The Girl Creative January 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Visiting you from A Soft Place to Land. Great, great blog. :) Definitely adding you to my blog list. Super cute project too. :)


Destri January 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

Oh Diana, so glad you stopped by I love you blog too, you’re already on my daily roster…


Laurel January 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I cannot resist the pink and red of Valentines Day! Love the look of this – it is so cute.


Suzanne January 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Love it Destri. I was thinking the same thing for my chandelier, I must do it now it’s looks so cute.


Destri January 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

It would be so fun on a chandelier, especially with that valentine paper stash I know you have!


kim~todays creative blog January 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

ahh, so pretty!


Destri January 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thanks for the link party Kim!


Anne January 20, 2010 at 7:43 am

This is such a pretty garland!! I’m going to have to make some to hang from the chandelier over my dining table.

I blogged your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



Destri January 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

Thanks Anne! I think that would be a great place to hang them. Thanks for linking!


Aubrey January 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

You amaze me everyday girlie!


destri's mom January 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

Such a show stopper. I walked into the house to pick g-baby’s up and the first thing that I see is the Garland. Sooooo cute.
Great reminder for hubby that the special holiday is right around the corner.
love you, Mom


Destri January 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

AAwww thanks mom….and yes, that was the idea!


Tina January 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Destri..I butchered it. I did it, but I totally butchered it! I am such a craft failure LOL!


Destri January 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm

It’s cute!!!! See…It made the front page!


Tina February 3, 2010 at 7:34 am

How sweet of you to include my butchered heart! It was fun to do! We will do it again next year!


Destri February 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

It wasn’t butchered! It is perfect!


Cynthia January 28, 2010 at 10:40 am

I can’t tell you how many of these we’ve made so far (the paper/glue stick method) – they’re super cute. They also look great hanging from a chandelier or you can make a great Valentine mobile w/ three tongue depressors (or straws) connected into a triangle and 3 or more 3D hearts hanging from the triangle at varying lengths. Thanks for the inspiration!


Destri January 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Great ideas! Send pictures!!!! I love pictures, like a lot…..


Sheri February 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Cute and simple! Thanks for sharing! I’ve posted a link.


Trisha February 3, 2010 at 7:48 am

This looks fantastic! I think we are going to do this with paper. Maybe I’ll throw in some felt with the ol’ mod podge for fun and textural variation.


Destri February 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

Oh you’d best send me pictures of that!


Dandy February 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

Those are soo cute!


Jess February 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

awesome! when i was at pbk the other day i wanted this so badly but balked at the extreme [$38 i believe?] price tag and thought about how to make my own. now i don’t have to think so hard and i can just get on to the crafting! thanks


Mary Smith February 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I love this so much!! I’m definitely going to try these with my class, and maybe at home too!


elina l January 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Wonderful Idea just purchased some Valentines paper to use to cover wooden hearts.. this will be perfect to use the rest of the paper. thanks again


Judy Merrill-Smith January 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

We’re making “valentines for Mother Earth,” reusing catalogs, junk mail, etc. at my church, and I think this will be a great idea for folks to try. Thanks!


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