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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 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.
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.
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.
I hung the garland across my mantlepiece using sticky tack. And my cute Valentine’s decor is complete!
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?
- Ideas How To Reuse / Upcycle All Your Old Greeting Cards
- 100 Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Got lots of red fabric scraps? See my Scrap Heart Garland DIY
- 15 Natural Stain Removers That Work
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Today I am taking part in the Sustainable Craft Challenge, joining some of my creative crafting blogger friends from around the world to share a craft project or idea that has a sustainable or eco friendly twist. This month our theme is LOVE.