Valentine Branch Garland

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Let me just start out by saying, my brain works in the weirdest ways when it comes to being creative. That being said, I was trimming down a big bush (dead for the winter) in front of the kitchen window when this idea popped into my head. So, I saved the perfect branch and trimmed it down to size.

valentine branch garland

And because it seemed fitting, my creation ended up in the kitchen window! The same kitchen window that is so very hard to photograph too! I apologize for these blown out pictures, but it was my best attempt to show you my project. :) 

You will need a branch, some thread or string and some sweet handmade (or store bought) Valentines.

valentine branch garland

I decided to make my own Vaentines, but use what you already have. I cut all my Valentines out of scrapbook papers, Kraft card stock and old book pages.

valentine branch garland

Zip Dry Glue is my favorite paper crafting glue of all times, in my opinion, its the best!

valentine branch garland

I made two of each size heart so I could glue them back to back with the hanging string in the middle. That way, if they spin while hanging, they look good all the way around.

valentine branch garland

I used red and white Baker's Twine for hanging my Valentines on the branch.

valentine branch garland

This was an experiment. I used double sided tape on the largest heart and after hanging up for a few hours, it released and fell off the string. So, don't use the double sided tape method. I used my ZipDry glue on all the other hearts and they are still hanging strong yall!

valentine branch garland

I cut my Baker's Twine at 12" each and made sure they were attached from the tip of the heart to the center top.

valentine branch garland

Then I decided to add some tiny hearts for in between the big hearts so I stacked book page strips with some pink paper and cut out a million tiny hearts using my dies and the Cuttlebug again. See my blog for those details.

I spaced the tiny hearts out a bit and glued them to light pink sewing thread. You can barely see the thread. I used this same technique once before when I made my Valentine Heart Banner,  click here to see it.

valentine branch garland

I alternated my big Valentines with the tiny heart strings and just tied them to the branch. At first I tied them loosely until I liked the placement of each one and then when I was happy with where they were, I tied them for the permanent placement. You can add a small dot of hot glue to each string on the branch if you'd like to. I did not do that step though.

Since I have my kitchen window done up in pinks and reds, I decided to make this garland match it, that's why I added the pink accents to it.

valentine branch garland

I strategically wedged the branch in the window frame, but you could also add string to each end and hang it as well. As I'm writing this blog post it has been hanging up for almost 24 hours and so far our cats have not bothered it. However, I'm thinking this may change when we go off to work and they are home alone to do as they please. Fingers crossed!

You can visit my blog right here to see what two items I used to glue the little word "love" to the hearts.

Thanks for looking! :)

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