Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY Heart Garland

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This weekend I went back to my alma mater and sorority to visit my very-very-very-very-missed friends, sit on the navy blue carpet, and catch up on everything that has been happening. I forgot how nice it is to plop on the floor and chitchat about music, crafts, dance parties, dresses, and life. Sometimes you just need those days, you know? :) Living in that sorority for three years was the most fun ever. Dance parties, craft parties, pranks, running through the house, thrifting adventures, ice cream machines... life in a mansion with 60 other girls was definitely not what the media portrays it to be.

DIY Heart Garland

My friends have just been back to school a couple weeks and they also just moved in to a new room. In our sorority, every semester you switch rooms to meet new people and mix it up. So my friends had just redecorated their new room... with hearts! :)

My friend Amanda is a serious crafty and stitchy lady, the girl can sew stuff from patterns and her stitches are straight. Amanda had made this little heart garland and hung it over the window of the room. I woke up in the morning on Saturday staring at the thing, and after a few minutes of checking out her paper stitching skills, I decided I needed to make a garland of my own.

DIY Heart Garland

DIY Heart Garland
(Still Amanda's garland.)

DIY Heart Garland
Love the stitching.

My version:
DIY Heart Garland

To make a heart garland you need:

-Paper (I used some poems.)
-Watercolor paints (If you want your hearts colored.)
-Sewing Machine

DIY Heart Garland
First you need to cut out your hearts and get out your watercolors. I've had this watercolor set since I was a kid.

DIY Heart Garland
Color up those hearts! I am a fan of the messier painting... it takes less time and the white shows through as well. :)

DIY Heart Garland
After the paper has dried, you can iron them if they've curled up a bit. Plus I love how paper gets so stiff after you iron it. Then you need to start sewing the hearts together. Turn your sewing machine on a zigzag or decorative stitch and sew through the hearts. When you get to the edge of a heart, lift the needle and just pull the thread a bit and then start another heart. This will make all your hearts connected into a garland.

My version:

DIY Heart Garland

DIY Heart Garland

DIY Heart Garland

I am going to take these to the scarf office to decorate it up a bit more. I don't care that hearts are associated with Valentine's Day. Heart decor has no season for me--I'd still leave these up until Christmas. :)

4 comments:

tulleandtrinkets.com said...

So sweet! Bring them tomorrow!!!

METROX LOVES YOU the blog. said...

Whoa! We really looove your lovely blog!! And this tutorial is just great for Val's Day cards! We'd love to read more, so, following for sure!! ;) Oh and FYI, we have a Val's Day special DIY tutorial on our new blogpost. We hope you could drop by if you have time! ;) HAPPY VAL'S DAY gorgeous!!

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MLU the blog.

jessica wilson said...

oh! I love how Amanda's heart are topsy turvy and I love how yours look llike they are blushing! thank you!

Michelle Ayres said...

You've been featured! your DIY heart garland was featured as 1 of 14 Valentine's Garland ideas over at millionayres.com. Check it out, and grab a button while you're there! Thanks for tutorial!

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