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Valentine’s Day Garland DIY

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To make a nice Valentine’s Day sweet heart garland out of old Couriers for your office, home or date night, simple follow the directions below and then put your photos in a comment of your finished product!

Step 1: Gather all of your materials!IMG_3002

    • scissors
    • string, yarn, or twine
    • hole puncher (or glue)
    • old Courier newspapers
    • stapler
    • other decorations to add to your garland

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Step 2: Take the old Courier newspapers and cut them so that you have three different sized1/2 inch to an inch width strips of paper. The sizes can vary to how big or small you want your hearts to be, but I wouldn’t make the sizes more than two inches bigger than one another.

 

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Step 3: Once you have all of your pieces of paper cut, grab two of the longest strips, two of the medium strips and three of the smallest strips and put them aside from the rest of your paper strips.

 

 

IMG_3022Step 4: Take one strip from the smallest sizes and two strips of the longest sizes. Put the smallest strip in-between the longer ones.

 

 

IMG_3023Step 5: Then take two of the medium sized strips and put one on both sides of the longer strips.

 

 

 

IMG_3024Step 6: Then add the last two smallest strips to the sides of the medium strips.

 

 

 

IMG_3020Step 7: Staple the strips together about a 1/2 inch above the bottom of the strips.

 

 

 

IMG_3028Step 8: You should have a flower-like formation with the strips after stapling them together.

 

 

 

IMG_3029Step 9: Now, take the ends of each strip and match the ends to each other in a heart shape.

 

 

 

IMG_3031Step 10: Staple the end together at most a 1/2 inch from the end.

 

 

 

IMG_3035Step 11: Once you have the ends stapled, take the small paper sticking out of the top of the heart and cut it down so that only about a 1/2 inch to and inch is still sticking out and punch a hole through it. (If you don’t have a hole puncher, skip the last part of this step)

 

Step 12: Continue making these hearts until you feel you have enough for the length of your garland. (I will be making six hearts for a about a yard length piece of twine.)

IMG_3040Step 13: After you have all of your hearts assembled, begin cutting some string, twine or yarn by about 6 inches or more to put through the hole on the top of the heart. (or glue the string to the tab)

 

 

IMG_3041Step 14: Once you have all of your strings cut, put them through the holes of your hearts.

 

 

 

IMG_3043Step 15: Now, you want to secure the ends of the string by either gluing, tying them with the colorful ribbon or tying them onto the long twine that you will use to put the hearts on. (I will be tying them with a colorful string to make it more creative)

 

IMG_3048Step 16: Now you can take your long twine and put the hearts through the string. Make sure there is an even amount of space between each heart so they don’t knock into each other when being hung. You can secure them by gluing, stapling or tying over the long twine. (I tied a bow around the twine with the colorful string to keep them in place.)

IMG_3059Step 17: The final step is up to you! These are great for Valentine’s day and sweetest day! You can put them across a window, above your bed, around a candle lit dinner with that special someone or even in your office. The options are endless! Show me how creative you got by commenting your sweet heart garland photos below! Have a happy Valentine’s Day! :)

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