DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Garland

Valentine’s Day is on the way and it’s time to think about decorating for the month of love. Today I’m sharing how to make a DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Garland to hang in your home.

Tutorial to Make a DIY Valentine's Day Heart Garland

DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Garland

Today’s DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Garland is part of a monthly Pinterest challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407.  Each month Cindy selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

Pinterest Challenge Graphic

Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge.

If you arrived here from Our Southern Home, welcome! I am sure that you enjoyed seeing Christy’s garland and Valentine’s Day Beverage Bar. Christy and I are long time blogging friends and I adore her style.

You’ll find a list of all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post.  I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone created their own version of this look.

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

This month we were challenged to create a garland inspired by this garland made by Jenny of Refreshed Living.

arn Heart and Pom Pom Garland hanging on a pie safe

The first thing that caught my eye in Jenny’s inspiration photo was her lovely pie safe. I have two pie safes in our family room and I immediately knew that I would make a garland to hang on one of those.

I liked how Jenny’s garland would work for decorating for both Valentine’s Day and winter with its fluffy white pom-poms and yarn wrapped hearts.

Since Valentine’s Day is on the way, I decided to make my garland with only hearts and no pom-poms. I could have easily added pom-poms as I have many leftover from the Easy DIY Pom Pom Wreath that I recently shared.

My Valentine’s Day Heart Garland

My first two ideas for making the hearts for my garland were to make the hearts using cinnamon dough or salt dough. I’ve made Christmas ornaments in the past with both dough types. Instead, I used a mixture of baking soda and cornstarch to make the ornaments.

The hearts were made using one of my grandmother’s cookie cutters and the yarn that I used for the garland belonged to my friend Elsie’s mom.

Heart Garland hanging on an antique pie safe

After the hearts were baked and cooled, they were painted with pink craft paint and given a sprinkle of glitter that resembles sugar.

Heart Garland hanging on an antique pie safe

The pie safe was a Christmas gift from my parents in either 1994 or 1995. It was hidden on my parents’ screened porch and I believe that my mom had decorated it with pine garland that she made.

The radios still work, the small one on the left belonged to my father-in-law and the one on the right my grandparents. The phone also belonged to my grandparents.

Heart Garland hanging on an antique pie safe

I love how this corner of our family room looks decorated for Valentine’s Day. The pink velvet pillow covers are from Amazon ($12.99 for two!) and I made the gray covers. On the end table is a button heart that I made using vintage buttons and a cut glass bowl filled with cloth hearts that I made.

Valentine's Day decor in a family room

How to Make a Heart Garland

Many thanks to Jenny of Refreshed Living for this month’s garland inspiration photo and thanks to Cindy of County Road 407 for organizing this challenge.

I love the heart garland that I made and I’m sure that I will enjoy using it in years to come.

Heart Garland hanging on an antique pie safe

Next up is Julie of My Wee Abode who is sharing a Velvet Covered Valentine’s Day garland. Julie is a dear blogging friend who lives in a charming apartment. Her ideas for small home living are amazing!

Here are Some Adorable Heart Garlands Available to Purchase

More Garlands to Enjoy

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of the inspiration picture.  I’m looking forward to seeing them all! 

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    1. Thank you, Katie! My original plan was to make salt dough but then I found the baking soda and cornstarch combination and liked the look of the dough more than the grainy look that salt dough has.

  1. Paula I love how you made those hearts. I pinned this tutorial to make some Easter bunnies. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    I love your pie safe too. Very pretty.

    1. This would be a great kid craft. If I was still teaching, it would also be a fun chemical reaction demonstration.

  2. Your garland is adorable and makes me think of the good ol’ days back when I used to make stuff with the kids. I miss that. It looks great on your pie safe too. Actually your entire room looks amazing with all the pink. You know I love pink! Hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day. Thank you for joining us as well. You are the best!

    1. Thank you for hosting this challenge, Cindy! It motivates me to make things for my home and I love seeing what everyone shares each month.

  3. I think these sparkly, soft pink hearts are perfect for your garland… but, I don’t think I could have resisted adding some of your white pom-poms. But, then again… the sparkle is so pretty all by itself! Pinned, sweet friend!

  4. Paula

    Love this garland and thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m going to have it try for something for spring and it summer.

    I love the radios you have, you have great family pieces


  5. Lucky you that you have a a vintage pie safe to hang your pretty DIY Valentine bunting from, Paula! I love your little gray and white corner, too, especially the vintage radios and phone!

  6. Paula, I am so impressed that you made the Valentines with such simple ingredients. What a cute idea to turn them into a garland. Love you pie safe. Such a special piece to have. The garland looks perfect on it. Great project my friend.

  7. Paula, your heart garland is really beautiful and I love the instructions you’ve shared to make the dough. I didn’t have the energy to add a tutorial this time. 😉 Love your sweet garland draped across your pie safe!!! And I love how each of the garlands is so different ~ fun Pinterest Challenge!

    Enjoy your week and happy hearty hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  8. Just gorgeous, Paula! I can’t believe you had a pie safe that looks so similar to the challenge photo. Amazing! I almost did a salt dough heart garland, too! Isn’t it so fun to create your own shapes? The ruffled edges and touch of glitter really make your hearts so dainty. I love how even in creating something new, you have some vintage elements. Pinning!

  9. Love the garland and the old radios! How do you keep the hearts from slipping on the yarn? Did you tie a knot or was the yarn thick enough to hold them in place?

  10. So pretty, Paula! I would love a mini garland like yours to put on my little pine cone tree! I’ve decided to see how long it takes me to make 100 versions of my tree…. : ) My husband said I better increase my speed or it will take me 20 years!

    Liberty from B4andAfters.com

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