I LOVE garlands, and having seen a few cute heart ideas floating around the blogosphere i thought i'd put my own spin on this hot décor item. why not set the mood this valentine's day with a decorative craft that even small children can help with? in fact, I did this with my four year old's playgroup (8 kids!), and they all loved it, even the boys! pre-cut hearts were scattered around the table, and the children enjoyed picking their favorites and arranging them for sewing. once sewn, the little artists went crazy decorating with stickers, bling, and markers, and then we hung them up to admire. i must admit, the house looked so festive with strings of hearts hanging all about that it was sad to see them slowly trickle out the door when we said our goodbyes. we need to make more! these can also be stuffed in an envelope for a slowly unfolding surprise.
• patterned paper (i mostly used my Two Scoops line from BasicGrey,
which sadly has been discontinued)
• various cardstock scraps
• round and heart-shaped doilies
• felt scraps (funky colors of heather bailey felt would be divine!)
• cut a variety of small, medium, and large hearts from the scraps of
paper and felt.
• start stitching down from the top of a heart, leaving a length of thread
to use as a loop for hanging.
• continue stitching through all of the hearts until you reach your desired
length, leaving a bit of space between each one (the space allows the
hearts to rotate whimsically)
For a quick start, i've included a download containing the 3 sizes of hearts i used. the template is even filled with patterns from my "Rapture" digital scrapbooking line (available on pcLayers). print and trim these out and you're half way there!