Make your own DIY Valentine garland for your mantle! These are super easy to make and don’t take much time. Perfect for a DIY Valentine decoration that you can make. A great way to save money, too!
Make Your OWn Valentine Garland
Valentine’s Day is a time to show your loved ones how much you care. Why not do something extra special this year and make your own Valentine’s Garland? It’s a simple project that will add a touch of love to any room. I would even look super cute on a Valentine tree!
Life has been crazy, crazy, crazy! Through all the crazy I am still smiling so that is all that matters. If you are looking to add some Valentine’s Day decor to your home I have the perfect DIY craft for you. The best part is you can use this to decorate a smaller place like a bookshelf, coffee bar, or doorway,
As you go through this tutorial with me just know that you can pick and choose what colors you use. Just let me inspire you, and you can be as creative as you want to be.
So bring on the paints, wood pieces, the glue gun, the laughs, and all the crazy! I am ready for it. Are you?
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE YOUR VALENTINE GARLAND:
- 4×6 Wood Planks
- Wood Heart Cut-outs
- Deco Art Paint: Santa Red
- You could choose pinks, whites, blacks, blues, etc.
- Folk Art Paint: Burnt Umber
- Waverly Paint: White
- Chip or paint brushes
- Gator Zip Sanding block – Microgrip Detail Sander
- Rick Rack White Ribbon
- Thick Jute
- Distress Ink Tim Holt
- Hot glue
- Baby Wipes
- Puppy Pads
1 – Determine the space in which you hope to hang your DIY Valentine Garland. Depending on the size will determine how many wood planks and hearts you will need. I always work in odds, so I always have a centerpiece.
2 – Once you have determined your color palette for this craft, grab your colors and paintbrush. Paint your wood planks on the fronts and sides with a simple covering. The planks are soaking it up, so add an extra layer if needed. Tip* You don’t have to use these wood planks. You can use cardboard, cereal boxes cut up, etc. Just be creative.
3 – With your heat gun, dry them to speed up the crafting process.
4 – Pull out your medium-sized wood heart cut-outs and your Burnt Umber paint. To create a stained look, place a dab of your Burnt Umber paint onto your baby wipe. Simply wipe your paint on, following the grain of the wood. Tip* This dries so much faster and is not so stinky like a real stain.
5 – Pull 5 of your large and small wooden hearts from your bundle. These will rest in between your envelopes on the garland. Paint the large hearts with 1 coat of White by Waverly with your chip brush. Paint the small hearts with the same red as you used for your envelopes.
6 – Paint the small hearts with the same red as you used for your envelopes. With the back of your small paintbrush, add little polka dots to add a little cuteness to it! Tip* You can add any design to these hearts! You could Mod Podge Scrapbook paper or fancy napkins on there just to add a little extra fun. Chevron, stripes, letters to spell love, anniversary dates written on there, washi tape, etc! You just decide and have fun!
7 – Dry with your heat gun.
8 – With your hot glue gun, add your small hearts to the center of your large hearts.
9 – Grab your envelopes and let’s add 2 holes in with your Crop-A-Dile. Poke in 2 little holes at the top corners of your envelope by resting up along the sides. Tip* You can use a drill bit as well instead of buying the extra gadgets. Even a strip of hot glue all along the top on the backs will work too.
10 – Repeat as you add 2 small holes to all of your large hearts as well. Set aside.
11 – To add some detail to your envelope, use a flat edge tool to create your envelope look. Place it corner to corner on your wood plank, adding a thin line with a Sharpie or Cricut Pen meeting in the middle on both sides. Be sure to not hit where your holes are. It doesn’t have to be perfect
12 – Next let’s add your medium-stained wooden hearts right in the center with some hot glue.
13 – Grab some Rick Rack ribbon over your thin line to add a little extra cuteness. Cut a little extra and set it aside. Tip* Use any ribbon you want.
14 – With your white ink, stamp on a subtle little message on the bottom right corners of your envelopes. Ideas to add: “LOVE, XOXO, BE MINE, YOURS, HUGS & KISSES” Tip* Don’t forget to clean your stamps with your baby wipe so they last longer!
15 – Grab your cut pieces of rick rack ribbon and hot glue along the line. Carefully add being sure not to burn your little fingers! Trim excess.
16 – If you want to add a little character, grab your black ink pad and rub it along the edges of your envelope to create a distressed look. Tip* This step is not needed! You do what you like best!
16 – Grab your thick jute and add a tiny bit of hot glue on the end. This stops it from fraying. Add by poking through your holes with a tiny little tool. As you add, poke it from the back to begin so your jute is not being seen on the fronts of your cute hearts and envelopes. Repeat until you have added all of your pieces.
Tip* Keep your jute on the spool as you work because it is better to have more than not enough.
17 – Be patient and space it out however you want. Before you cut, remember it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra jute on the ends. Tip* This is why you keep it on the jute spool!
How To Attach A DIY Garland To Mantle?
To hang a DIY Garland is simple. You can use tiny nails and hang them on them, or you can use command strips. To cause less damage to your wood I highly recommend using the command hooks.
The possibilities to make this simple and sweet like mine, or extra fancy and fabulous, are completely up to you! Just get out there and start crafting.