Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Valentine Crafts - 20 Min. Garland



Who is ready for easy Valentine crafts?  I know I am.  After decorating for fall and Christmas I get to Valentine's Day and have little motivation to change things up too drastically.  Add to the fact that we just moved and I really don't want to go too crazy nor do I want to make anything at the moment that will be too hard to store.  That's what makes this 20 min garland the perfect solution when it comes to easy Valentine crafts.  Seriously!


I got the idea when I saw something similar on West Elm.  Theirs was cute and all but I knew it would be much easier on my time and wallet if I just made it myself.  Plus I could personalize it however I wanted to.

Supplies Needed:

-Scrapbook Paper
-Paper Cutter
-Sewing Machine
-Thread



Step 1: The first step is finding the papers you want to use.  I of course couldn't decide on just one or two papers.  I love color too much.


So I settled on 11 of my most favorites.


Step 2:  Cut up your scrap book paper into 3 1/2 inch squares (or however big you want them to be)  Since I was using 11 different colors I cut three, 3 1/2 inch squares out of each color making 33 squares total when all was said and done. 

Step 3:  Fold each square on the diagonal making a triangle like in the photo.



Step 4:  Sew down the middle of each triangle, feeding the next triangle through before you get to the end of the previous triangle.  I just eyeballed this part trying to line the needle up with the center point of my triangle.  This part may look a little complicated but it really wasn't too bad and took very little time.  I used white thread on mine and just a basic straight stitch.


Waaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaa.  Valentine's Day garland.  What I like about using folded triangles is that it gives the garland just a touch of dimension and texture.  


I think it took me longer to select my papers for this garland than it did the rest of the project.  It's easy enough that you could even have your kids help you with this and turn it into a family project. When it comes time to put it away it will fold up nicely and require very little space.

 What kinds of easy Valentine crafts have you been working on?


22 comments:

  1. I love the idea of SEWING paper.. what fun. stopping in from clean and scentsible. & your newest follower :)

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  2. This is adorable! Plus it will help me use up the stacks and stacks of paper I keep hoarding!

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  3. Love these! Found you @ The Taylor House's Pinterest Power Party! Pinned it...

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  4. Very cute! Pinning this and visiting from The Taylor House. :)

    Megan

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  5. Oh I love this! I have been cutting out felt but paper makes so much more sense!!

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  6. How neat and it is durable which makes it 10x better! I saw your link over at Shaken Together and I had to come over and connect with you. I am having a brand new blog hop today called "Valentine Inspirations" and I would love to have you if you have time. http://onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com/

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  7. This is so sweet! I've never actually seen a paper banner sewn up like this before. What a novel idea! I love the colors that you used. :)

    New follower! Would love for you to return the favor. :)

    Visiting from Someday Crafts

    ~Emily

    http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/01/aviation-themed-baby-shower.html

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  8. Love this idea! Thanks for linking up at the pinterest party today! I am pinning this now and I just followed you on pinterest! www.pinterest.com/hbrummett I hope you'll stop back by next Thursday! Have a wonderful day. So glad to find your site! -Heather

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  9. So cute! Found you on the pinning party and am pinning these!

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  10. Hi there! I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and check it out:>

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  11. This is so cool and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's twitter, FB, SU and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

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  12. This is such a pretty paper garland. I really like it!

    Missy Inspired
    http://missyinspired.blogspot.com/

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  13. Featuring you this week at Mom's Library!

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  14. What a fun idea! I have made circle garlands by stitching them together, but I love the look of the triangles. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  15. This is super cute, I love little garlands!

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  16. Very pretty garland! Wish I had a sewing machine jus for this! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing your easy Valentine garland at Simple & Sweet Fridays! Such a great idea! Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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