Ah yes, Valentine’s Day. The only time of the year that men will tolerate their homes to be decorated in pinks, reds, and hearts.
Due to our lack of storage space, I keep the holiday decorating to a minium. However, I was feeling the itch to make a little Valentine’s decoration for our mantle.
Here’s what I came up with.
Anyone can make this… anyone! All you need is some material that doesn’t fray, twine, a needle and some thread!
To see how it all came together, keep on reading!
I actually made the hearts out of felted wool. If you aren’t familiar with felted wool, it is basically very-shrunken up wool that can be used for crafts. It doesn’t fray and can be easily cut into any shape you want. I picked up this felted wool sweater at a used craft store in St. Louis. As you can see, somebody has already used some parts of it but there was plenty left for me to play with.
I started by making my own heart template, tracing it on the wool and cutting out a heart.
I learned pretty quickly that there was no need to trace the template on the wool. I ended up just eyeballing it and cut out multiple hearts from the felted wool and from some white felt I had on hand.
I pinned my cut out heart on to a piece of contrasting felt and then just cut around the heart. This method was a lot easier than trying to cut out two hearts that fit together perfectly.
After the pieces were cut, I just sewed a simple stitch around the edge of the inner heart. I wasn’t too worried about perfection either. I kind of liked that they didn’t look uniformed.
After sewing all the hearts together (which ended up taking about an hour), I used some craft glue and spaced the hearts out on some twine about 2-3 inches apart from each other.
Using thumbtacks, I hung up my heart garland.