Valentine’s Day Garland

This project is so sweet!

Now, I normally only post Tuesday-Thursday (and upcoming occasional Fridays), but I just can’t help myself this week. Valentine’s Day is coming and I. Am. Excited. I love the colors, the candy, the mush-fest, and especially all the fun decorations I can make myself!

So *bonus* Monday post.

Who doesn’t like a pretty window garland? No one, I think. I love them. And I love to make them. They’re simple, but the right garland makes a room look fun and "finished."

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I made this one from materials I had around the house because we (as most of Portland) were snowed in. No trip to the craft store for me. Time to be resourceful!

What you’ll need: 

• Yarn (from Joann Fabric)

• Jute/twine

• Ribbon

• Glue gun

• Two types of pretty paper

• Pearls, beads, or rhinestones (not pictured)

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First off, measure the window you wanna dress. Don't forget to measure the sides too, as far down as you want it to hang – you want the garland to be drapey.

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Now it’s tassel time. Each piece of yarn should be around 13 inches. And six pieces per tassel. I made 22 tassels, so I settled in for a bit of cutting.

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Once you've got all the pieces ready, place them in front of the twine and pull the ends underneath, and back through the loop, like this...

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Then pull tight...

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I spaced them about 6 inches apart. But this is just my measurement, so play around and figure out how dense you want it to be.

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Okay, all tasseled up...

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And ready to cut hearts :). Now, I like handmade-looking decorations, so I cut them out by hand. But if you have heart punches and would rather do that, go for it. I made enough hearts to go between every other tassel. That meant I needed 11 large and 11 small, which I overlapped and glued.

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Next I chose to fancy them up a little with some pearl beads. There’s obviously a ton of room for creativity with this craft, so use whatever you’ve got and make it your own.

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Alright, almost there! Get your ribbon out and cut as many equally long pieces as you have hearts. Mine were about 14 inches. Tie a small bow at the end, snip it off (put aside for a sec), and glue that ribbon end to your heart...

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Glue your tiny bow to the base of the ribbon, and tie the other end to your twine. I knotted the second bow’s loops to make it extra secure.

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Your beautiful garland is finished! Just hang and admire :).

I’ll show you how I hung mine, in case that’s helpful. So simple. All I did was stick a tack through the twine and conceal it with the tassel.

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Beautiful! I love all the little touches that go into making holidays extra special. I hope you enjoy this garland as much as I do!

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