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Valentine’s Day Decorations – Make a Heart Garland

I just might be obsessed with making Valentine’s Day decorations. Today I am sharing a simple heart garland. It’s easy to make, simple but elegant.

Valentine's day decorations


Even though I have made a lot of Valentine Day decorations and crafts this year, I still like the simple decor. So far these past two seasons I have made a pom pom basket, cherry blossom branches, pink painted fabric pillow, valentine heart pillow,   clay hearts, hand stitched hearts, a succulent heart wreath, silver metallic clay hearts, and a Valentine wooden flower crate (covered in paper napkins). I like subtle decor that offers a slight hint of the holiday. I like a light touch of holiday decor and today’s craft is exactly that.

Today I am sharing a simple Valentine Heart garland that I made out of scrapbook paper. I love how it looks on my vintage white windows. And it was incredibly easy (as in no cutting!) because I used a hole punch.

valentine heart garland

What You Will Need to Make the Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day Decorations

Four sheets of 12″ x 12″ double-sided light card stock patterned paper. (You could use this or this paper.)

Large Heart Punch (I ordered two and this one was finally the right size.)

Sewing machine

White thread

Paper Heart Garland

How to Make the Garland

To make the garland, you need to cut out two hearts of the double-sided heavy duty paper for each heart on the garland. 

heart garland for valentines day

Here are the two different sides of the paper I used. 

valentine paper

Using the heart hole punch, cut out as many hearts out of the paper as you can.

Heart Garland Paper Punch Heart Garland

Keep the hearts flat until they are sewn.

Cut Hearts for Valentine's Day Decorations

Stack two hearts on top of one another, with the light color on the inside, and sew a straight line through the middle of the heart. 

Sewn Heart garland

This was the point where I could not figure out how to add an even amount of thread between each heart on the garland. I finally realized all I needed to do was pull the heart all the way to the back of the sewing machine, which added about two to three inches of thread. Add another two hearts and sew, then pull to the back of the machine. It’s not a “scientific method” but it totally works.

How to Make a Heart Garland

Keep adding more hearts to the garland and continue sewing until you reach the desired length.

Fold each heart along the seam away from the center.

Heart Garland 1 Heart Garland instructions

This will give more depth to the garland. I love it!

Valentine's Day decoration

At this point, it is really important not to tangle the garland. I made the mistake of doing that and had to cut the garland in a few pieces because I could not untangle it. To fix it, I just re-sewed the hearts and attached them to the existing garland. It was so easy to fix!

Heart Garland on the wall

I love the subtlety of this garland. It’s light and airy and yet it looks great on my old vintage windows.

Heart Garland Simple Valentine's Day Decoration

I am going to make another garland because I like this so much. There are so many places I can hang these in our home. And how fun would it be to make these all year round for the holidays? When I take this down, I want to reuse it so I will wrap it around a piece of cardboard to keep it from tangling.

Heart Garland 3

Thanks so much for following along with yet another one of my Valentine’s Day decorations. If you don’t have a sewing machine you could always glue the seam along the center to a piece of twine or string. A hot glue gun would work really well and I think it could be just as effective!

11 Responses

  1. This is so cute!! I cannot wait to try as I have a heart cut out and lots of decorative paper!!! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very cute! I would never have thought to use the sewing machine. Any special needle you used? I’m also embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know there were paper punches like this in existence! (Getting or I guess I may as well say have gotten too old) I love the vintage look also. Such a winsome idea!

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