I’m crazy about garlands. Aren’t you? I love making them for my kids, my family, my friends, and just about any and every occasion. Today I am sharing with you how to make this colorful & artsy LOVE garland. It’s perfect for Valentine’s day (or any day) to give to the ones you love most.
Black fine tip sharpie
Hole punch (1/16”)
Step one: Lay out some newspaper on top of an old towel. Start painting it with shapes and stripes and dots…whatever! We used liquid watercolor, which can drench through (which is why you want an old towel underneath), but you can use regular watercolors, too. Hang dry the newspaper (a few hours), then use the stencil to cut out hearts.
Step two: Next, use the same stencil to cut hearts from black or gold cardstock. Though this time cut the heart a bit bigger than the pencil line so when you glue on the newspaper heart there will be a little border. Glue on the hearts using rubber cement. I have mentioned this before, but the best way to use rubber cement for the strongest bond is to evenly coat both surfaces, then press wet surfaces together.
Step three: Freehand write your letters using a black fine tip sharpie. This sounds intimidating, but I know you can do it. It doesn’t have to look like mine. Make it your own! Then color in your letters with a neon pink chalkboard marker. Or…if you don’t have one, use a highlighter or a regular marker. No sweat!
Step four: Punch holes at the top of the hearts. I punched two on each side (see photo below). Next, cut out your mini hearts with a heart stamp. If you don’t have one, you can cut them out freehand, use heart stickers, circles, or all pom-poms. Lay out your design as you would like it to look. Thread your needle with twine and start to assemble the big hearts and pom-poms together.
Step five: Lastly, thread the needle again, this time running a piece of twine through the middle of the pom-poms that are in between the letters (three altogether). Tie a knot at the top and leave the twine hanging down underneath. Attach the mini hearts with tape.
All done! There are many steps, but it is really fun to put it all together, and the kids can make most of the parts with you.
A labor of love, indeed!