I’ve never been a huge fan of the commercialness of Valentine’s Day, but I love the sentiment. Its the perfect excuse to celebrate the people I LOVE and let them know just how special they are! A gift from the heart (preferably hand made) is what Valentines means to me.
This year, in place of the usual card, I chose to make something a little different – Paper Heart Strings. I have several strings hung in my studio window and I love how they twirl and the shadows they make on my wall.
These heartstrings are so easy to make (and won’t break the bank) I already had all the supplies at home. I used old magazines but scrapbook paper, giftwrap or wallpaper would work just as well. I made a heart template out of cardstock and then traced and cut out all my hearts. I used 12 in each strand but you can make them any length you wish.
Next I sewed each heart strand together, leaving a 1″ gap between each heart and making sure I left longer threads at the top of each row so I could tie them up. At the end of each string I added a strip of paper so that I could write a little message of love. If you don’t own a sewing machine then simply use twine and glue to attach the hearts.
And Voila. You can hang several heart strings as a decoration or send a single strand to someone you love, with a heartfelt message attached.
How will you be celebrating this year? Are you pro or anti Valentine’s day?