So my last post was all about how I was able to stain and antique new book pages to make them look older. And now I am happy to share with you guys just why I was doing that! I was lucky enough to find a few vintage valentines this year and I wanted to have a way to display them. I thought a DIY Valentine’s Day garland would be a great way to do that.
My original thought was to make a banner and string them through with some twine, but I didn’t want to harm the original valentine card itself. And I didn’t want to use a hot glue gun either.
So I decided to get some mini clothespins so I could just hang them on some twine without damaging them! Brilliant idea if I do say so myself!
This project was super cheap and easy to complete so keep reading if you are interested in making your own Vintage Valentine’s Day decorations!
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- Baker’s Twine or Jute String
- Antiqued Paper (Click here to see how I made mine)
- Heart Lever Punch
- Vintage Valentine Cards
- Mini Clothespins
Make The Paper Hearts
Okay so the first thing I did with the antiqued paper was to cut out paper hearts to add onto my banner. I didn’t have enough vintage valentine cards to fill up a banner, so I thought I could add in a little paper heart in between each valentine card to make it appear fuller.
Here is the heart lever punch I used in case you were wondering. This handy tool comes in different sizes, but I used the 2 3/8 in by 6.03 cm size. And it cuts out the perfect heart shape!
Buying that was probably my main expense for this project. Otherwise, this really was an inexpensive DIY project to complete.
But I figured I could use this year round for other projects as well so it really wasn’t too bad. I actually made a more simple heart garland for my open shelves in the living room to go along with this garland too!
Once your paper is dry and antiqued, then simply use the heart lever punch to cut out a few hearts to attach onto the banner.
You can do as many or as little as you want to. It really depends on the size of the space you want to hang your banner in.
You could also use different colors of paper, construction paper, or scrapbook paper too instead of antiqued paper if you preferred that look as well.
Layout The Garland
Once you have your paper hearts ready, then cut out the amount of twine or string to the desired length that you want to hang your DIY valentine garland up with.
I chose to hang mine over my hutch so I just cut off the size I wanted for it to just drape enough over the little doors to it.
Then I laid the twine on my kitchen island and placed each vintage valentine card where I wanted it, with a small heart in between each one. Play around with this to get it exactly how you want it to be laid out.
You can even add more to this garland if you wanted to as well. Such as pom poms, a pipe cleaner into the shape of a heart, wood beads, clay hearts, etc. Basically, the possibilities are endless with this fun garland!
Attach The Vintage Valentines To The Garland
So once you got it laid out the way you like it, then all that’s left to do is attach each vintage valentine card and paper heart to the twine. I did this by using mini clothespins.
I found mine from Hobby Lobby and they were very cheap. You can also find them at the dollar store too. There are several options to choose from. Click here to see all the different styles.
I chose to do a mixture of white and black because I thought that would be fun to alternate them. Also, I only paid like 85 cents for a pack of 35 so you really can’t beat that deal!
It’s also important to note that you don’t have to use vintage valentine cards if you don’t like them or can’t find any at your local antique or thrift stores.
Use sentimental cards from your hubby or boyfriend instead if you would prefer more of a romantic atmosphere that way! Either way, this is the perfect way to add a little bit of easy Valentine’s Day decor to your home.
Hang Up Your Garland
The last step is to obviously hang up your garland where you want it! I always like to hang seasonal banners on my hutch because it is an easy way to make it more festive for each holiday. Just like how I made my dried orange banner for some homemade Christmas decorations.
But you could also hang this up on a fireplace mantel as well if you have one! This adorable Valentine’s garland can really make wherever you choose to hang it, look super special for the season!
I hope you guys give this simple and easy vintage Valentines Day garland a try! It’s such a fun and simple way to add in a little valentine’s pop to your home decor! I just love easy Valentine’s Day crafts like this, don’t you?
Even if you don’t decorate too much for Valentine’s Day, I think this is a perfect, easy way to celebrate the holiday without going overboard! If y’all try it out, let me know.
I would love to see how you style your DIY Valentine’s garlands too. And also, let me know if you do decorate for Valentine’s Day or not?
I am curious to see! I don’t do too much, but I do like to add in a little pink and red here and there for the holiday. Thanks for stopping by today and have a happy Valentine’s Day my friends!