valentine’s day decorations

Hanging Hearts [a mini tutorial]

When it comes to home or holiday decor, I’m super cheap¬†frugal. I don’t enjoy spending lots of money on things that are either only going to be up for a short time or have the potential to get broken by my [super lovely and amazing] boys who don’t care so much that mama’s decor isn’t supposed to be used as a weapon.

The two things that I love adding more of to my home: natural fibers and elements of nature. Bonus: both can be cheap or free!

hanging heartsThis project took me about an hour [with some Downton Abbey distractions thrown in there] and it gave me exactly the look I was going for.

DSCF7420Here’s all you need: felted wool scraps [you could do this with craft felt or fleece, but it will look much better with felted wool - trust me] and embroidery floss.

DSCF7440Cut some hearts out of the felted wool. These were scraps from old sweaters that I had felted and turned into diaper covers.

DSCF7428Use your handy dandy blanket stitch [tutorial found here if you don’t know how to do it!] to sew two hearts together.

DSCF7434With your needle, add a little embroidery floss to make a loop for hanging.

DSCF7431And then hang them on a branch! Natural fibers always seem make my home feel a little more peaceful. Which is something that makes this mama happy.

Ribbon Heart Garland: a Tutorial

Why, hello there, February! So nice to see you, in all your pink loveliness. Yes, this is the month I can decorate my house with glorious shades of pink, and none of the boys in my house can argue with me. So wonderful!

I had some pink glittery ribbon in my house [that was part of a post-Christmas clearance ribbon pack - do people really decorate with pink for Christmas?] and when I saw it, I knew I had to use it to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

So I whipped up some quick and lovely ribbon heart garlands.

I actually like them so much that I want to make them in a more neutral color to use for every day decor.

Want to make some too?

Cut short strips out of a stiffer ribbon [not one that has wires in it, but one that keeps its shape a little as you bend it] – the length can vary, but I found that they looked best when cut between 5-7in. long.

Fold the ribbon in half – it should be folded the opposite way that it goes around the spool [the side of the ribbon that is facing the inside of the spool should be now facing outward].

Sew a tight zig-zag stitch toward the end of the folded end.

It should look like this when you’re done.

Pinch the other end together, so the ribbon now makes a heart shape.

Sew the bottom of the heart together, with another tight zig-zag stitch.

Trim the loose threads, and this is what your ribbon heart will look like.

Make a bajillion of them. Don’t worry about making them all the same size [unless that will drive you crazy!]

Now thread your needle with some embroidery thread, like this. Don’t tie a knot anywhere in your thread. I didn’t cut the length of my thread until I was done and knew how long I wanted it to be.

Thread your embroidery thread from the top of the heart through the bottom.

Continue this until you have as many hearts on the garland as you would like. You can space them out or have them closer together, whichever you think looks best.

Then hang them up and let the pink take over your house!