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.
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?