DIY Heart Garland From Old Greeting Cards

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Did you know that you could sew card? I am always looking for ways to upcycle my old Christmas and birthday cards. And this year decided after my birthday cards came down at the end of January that I wanted to make a new Valentine themed garland to brighten up my living room. So I decided to make a DIY heart garland using my old cards. Here is how you can do this simple Valentines Day crafts idea too!

How To Make A DIY Heart Garland From Upcycled Greetings Cards

This Valentines day decor is such a quick and easy project to make, and practically free. It is such a simple sew that even kids would probably be able to give it a try.

Plus, it  is not the first time that I have used old greeting cards to make home decor and garlands. A few years ago, I made an upcycled Christmas card garland. It really is such a quick crafts DIY way to make garlands, and so I decided to do it again, but with a Valentine’s Day twist!

For This Valentine’s Day Craft You Will Need

Old greeting cards for my DIY heart garland

  • Old greeting cards in shades of red
  • Scissors OR a Cricut OR Sizzix Big shot or other die cutter to cut the hearts
  • Red sewing thread
  • A sewing machine – you can do this by hand but a machine is far quicker and easier.

How To Make A Heart Garland

I used my Sizzix Big Shot cutting die machine and some heart shaped dies to cut my heart pieces from the card. You could always use a template and cut them with scissors by hand, but a Cricut or Sizzix gives a much more even and professional finish.

Cutting heart shapes with a Sizzix Big Shot

Next, I laid out all the hearts and rearranged them until I was happy with the layout. I picked them all up in this order and took them to my sewing machine.

Hearts laid out to ensure I like the look

Leaving a long tail of threads at the beginning, I sewed straight across the hearts. I actually sewed about 3/4 of the way up the hearts from the bottom, so above the centre of gravity of the heart shape. This means that one the garland is in place it hangs much better than if you sewed half way down the hearts. 

Sewing the hearts for my DIY heart garland from upcycled cards

I hung the garland across my mantlepiece using sticky tack. And my cute Valentine’s decor is complete!

Finished DIY heart garland - made by upcyling old greeting cards

Don’t have enough red greetings cards? Another great idea would be to upcycle a dilapidated old book and make  a DIY paper heart garland instead!

Love This Guide To Making Your Upcycled Card Valentine Garland? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Zero Waste Craft and Eco Friendly Posts?

I love to show you really easy ways that you can make the small changes that add up to make a big impact on your life. And I have lots of other Christmas craft, upcycling cardboard crafts and advent calendar ideas on my site.  So why not read these other posts I have written?

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11 Replies to “DIY Heart Garland From Old Greeting Cards”

  1. Julie says:

    That’s so clever, who knew Christmas cards would make such pretty Valentine decorations?! Such a brilliant upcycle.

  2. Gail @Purple Hues and Me says:

    What a fun and creative idea, Jo! I’ve saved most of my Christmas cards from many years ago and this would be a great way to do something with them instead of sitting in a box! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Vicky Myers says:

    I love the range of reds with pattern and texture in your heart garland, a wonderful splash of colour to your mantlepiece.

  4. Niki | Life as a LEO Wife says:

    This garland is so pretty! This would’ve been a pretty addition to my Valentine’s decor that has a pink & gray farmhouse theme this year. I got a sewing machine back in July, but I’ve only made 5 different projects (5-8 of each project) but haven’t tried sewing anything other than simple fabric yet. I did try to sew a heart, but I could not sew the stinking curve lol! This simple line might be something I can do. It looks great on your mantle! Pinned!

  5. Marianne says:

    Lovely recycle project! I love all the subtle color differences in your heart garland.

  6. Michelle Latinovich says:

    What a great way to use old cards. I always love to see new ideas for reusing them because they are always just too pretty to throw away. I also love that you sewed the paper hearts together…I have never thought of doing that! Thanks for the great Valentine’s decorating idea!

  7. Christine says:

    I can’t believe how easy this was and yet it looks amazing! Fabulous use of old cards, it is often hard to think of new ideas for using them.

  8. Caz / InvisiblyMe says:

    Such a good idea! I’ve seen some really nice looking Cricut machines in Hobbycraft but I’ve never really known what to do with them or if I’d ever use one as I’ve still not got back into any arts & crafts stuff. They look really funky though which makes me want one Using old cards is a brilliant way of reducing waste and makes the garland that bit more meaningful.xx


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