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DIY HEART GARLAND

DIY Heart Garland

Learn how to make a DIY heart garland with our free printable and Cricut file. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and Valentine’s decor!

DIY Heart Garland

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Love is in full bloom! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there must be something in the water. I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing loads of engagements and pregnancy announcements lately. And you know what that means – weddings and babies!!

With every wedding comes a bridal shower and with every baby comes a baby shower, both of which need decorations! Why not make decor that can be used for both?! Plus, this heart garland works perfect for Valentine’s Day! I am currently using this garland and this door decor in my home for Valentine’s Day!

This garland project came about when I was helping to plan a close friends bridal brunch. I knew I wanted to keep this garland for future use, so I decided to stick with neutral tones to use it for other purposes.

I chose to use pink and gold glitter scrapbook paper in addition to some natural colored brown wrapping paper with gold dots. The shimmering neutral tones and twine used in this garland pair beautifully for a subtle farmhouse look.

close-up of diy heart garland hanging on a wall

We have had this heart garland for a couple of years now and I am still finding more ways to use it!

Various Ways to Use this DIY Heart Garland:

  • Hang on a wall as a backdrop for photos!
  • Pair with streamers for a party!
    • Pink + White streamers for bridal shower or Valentines Day.
    • Pink + Blue streams for baby shower or gender reveal.
  • Use as a decorative garland on fireplace mantels and stairways.
  • Decor in a nursery or little girls room.
heart garland with pink and white streamers

Two Ways to Make the Hearts:

There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and it is much faster at cutting than me!

If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here and follow along below. Simply skip Step 2 and Step 3.

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STEP 1 – PLAN THE GARLAND

Determine the number and length of your garland. I made a total of 8 strands of garland and each strand at 6′ 8″ long.

Next, plan out how many hearts you want on each garland. I placed 7 hearts on each and alternated their locations every other strand.

diy heart garland haning on a wall

Calculate how many pieces need to be cut. If using one-sided paper, each 3D heart will need 4 pieces in order to make them double-sided. Only two hearts are needed for double-sided paper.

For my hearts, I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper that were only one-sided. Therefore, each heart needed 4 pieces. I preferred this because it made the the hearts stiffer and more sturdy.

STEP 2 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE

Open the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.

Open the Heart Garland project file.

Duplicate or remove any hearts needed to fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.

diy heart garland Cricut file

STEP 3 – CUT THE DESIGN

Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.

select material size in cricut design space

Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.

Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.

select settings to cut in cricut design space

Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.

After the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and load a new sheet of paper onto the mat. Continue cutting the design until you have all the pieces required.

Once you have enough hearts cut out, unload the mat and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.

finish cutting in cricut design space

STEP 4 – ASSEMBLE THE HEARTS

It takes two hearts to create one 3D heart. If using one-sided paper, paste together two matching pieces to create a double-sided heart.

Mix and match the hearts to find combinations that you love and place them into pairs.

For every pair of hearts, cut a line down the center from the top to the middle of one heart, and the bottom to the middle of the other heart.

cuts used to join the hearts together

Slide the two hearts together to form a 3D heart and place a string of glue down the seam. Place the 3D hearts upside down to dry.

Once dry, lay the hearts along the twine to determine placement. I placed each of my hearts 8″ apart and shifted the pattern down by 4″ for every other garland.

Lastly, attach the hearts to the twine with glue at the seam and let dry.

hearts attached to the twine with glue

Hang up the strands of hearts and enjoy your new DIY heart garland!

How did you use your DIY Heart Garland? Share it with us! Tag us on social media with your creation!


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VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITION FOR KIDS

Start a Valentine’s Day tradition with your kids! Share something you love about them on their door with this free printable and Cricut Project file.

Valentine's Day tradition for kids

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The most important thing we can do as parents is to love our children deeply and make our love known to them. In honor of this love, we have decided to start a new tradition in our home for Valentine’s Day!

For the 14 days of February leading up to Valentine’s Day, write something you love about your child on a paper heart and place it on their bedroom door.

These decorative hearts serve as such sweet, visual reminders for children each day on the love that is shared in the home. These sentiments are one of the first things they see in the morning and one of the last things they see before bed. Your children will be reminded of your love day in and day out.

A friend of mine inspired me with these Valentine’s hearts after sharing that she had decided to start this fun tradition with her family as well. This is such an easy project, but makes a big impact on your children. Your children will look forward to you adding a new special something you love about them each day.

Make this Valentine’s Day truly special for you and your family with this sweet tradition!

Two Ways to Make the Hearts:

There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and use it quite often!

If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here! Simple trace, cut, and paste the decorative hearts.

If using a Cricut Machine, continue below for the tutorial!

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STEP 1 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE

Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.

Open the Valentine’s Hearts project file and choose which heart design to start with first.

open the Valentine's Hearts Cricut file

There are three images present:

  • Valentine’s Heart (a large simple line heart)
  • Scalloped Heart – Front (a small simple line heart for pasting on top of the scalloped heart)
  • Scalloped Heart – Back (a large scalloped heart for pasting behind the small simple line heart)

The layers are located in the right margin of the canvas. You can hide the layers you are not currently using to cut by clicking on the eye button next to the corresponding layer. I cut one heart design at a time and hid the other two.

hide the layers not currently cutting in Cricut file

Duplicate the design to the desired amount that will fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.

duplicate the layers in the Cricut file

STEP 2 – CUT THE DESIGN FOR THE VALENTINE’S HEARTS

Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.

select material size in cricut design space

Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.

Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.

select settings to cut in cricut design space

Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.

Once the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.

finish cutting in cricut design space

Repeat the process above with the other layers until you have all of your necessary pieces.

STEP 3 – GATHER AND PASTE THE HEART PIECES

Mix and match the pieces to find combinations that you love! Simply grab a glue stick and paste the coordinating pieces together.

Valentine's Day tradition for kids, paste hearts together

STEP 4 – WRITE YOUR LOVE NOTES!

Grab a pen and write love notes to your children! Hang the hearts on their doors with tape and enjoy your new Valentine’s tradition!

P.S. These aren’t just for kiddos! Show your spouse some love and surprise them with a love note each day too!

Valentine's Day tradition for kids, write love notes to your kids

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We would love to see you start this tradition in your home! Share your sweet sentiments towards your children with us by tagging The Bluebonnet Farmhouse on social media!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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