Do you remember my mantel for February? There is a garland of paper hearts strung across the mantel, it seems that I always have to have a garland of some sort!
When I revealed the mantel I promised to show you how to make the garland and then somehow time got away from me. As we are just in the last few days of February, and because hearts can be enjoyed at any time of year, I thought I would share the details with you today. Better late than never!
To remind you, this is what my February Mantel looks like.
Making the garland is really very simple.
First take a strip of paper that is 12 inches long, by 2 inches wide.
The cut down the centre lengthwise.
So that you have two strips of paper, 1 inch wide, by 12 inches long. If you are cutting your strips from scrapbook paper, it might be easier to just cut two strips of course!
Fold in half so that one has the pattern facing inwards, and the other has the pattern facing outwards.
Nest the strips one inside the other so that you have the pattern inside and outside. Then insert the end of the strip where the folds are into your hole punch and make a hole as near to the end of the strip as you can, making sure that it is as close to the centre as you can get it.
To make the next two holes that you need insert the strip into your hole punch as I have shown above - sorry about the slightly fuzzy picture! Punch another hole.
You want the two holes to be just over an inch apart. Remember, both holes need to be at the end where you have the fold.
Then staple just above the first hole that you punched - just below the fold.
Then open up the pieces and fold the two open ends back on themselves, this makes the heart shape as you can see in the picture above.
Staple this end. Again, as close to the end as you can get. This is the end of your strips without the fold and the holes.
You can see how the heart shape is made and how the holes line up.
Thread some decorative twine through the four holes that you now have. I have used a contrasting colour here so that it shows up well, but for my actual garland I used some pink and white twine.
Repeat the process until you have as many hearts as you desire! I made 10 for this garland. I also used different papers and switched the papers that I used for the inside and outside of each heart. But I like to fiddle around like that!
There you have it, one Valentines Heart Garland! To fix it to the mantel I used a blob of blue tak on either end of the mantel and pushed the twine into it. The whole thing is very light, so doesn't need much to hold it up. I then covered the blue tak with a crocheted heart. Normally I use some crochet circles, but you could just cut a heart shape of paper or a circle.
I hope that you will have fun making yourself a garland, either for Valentines, or just because!