I have an archway between my kitchen and living room. For most holidays I have a pretty sign or festive garland of some sort for that spot. I like to display things there because you see them as soon as you walk in the door. As it turns out when Riley and I put up my Valentines decorations this year we had nothing for the archway. It also happens (sniff) that this is the first year Miss Roo opted for store bought cards for her friends. Here are some of my past creations: Valentines Shirts & Pillows, Heart Cards, and Punny Raisins with Cards. I'm a little relieved to have the pressure off, but I'm a little sad that she's growing up and Mom's homemade cards won't be cool much longer.
All that long winded back story to tell you, I decided to make a banner!
- Patterned Card Stock
- Scissors (or a craft cutter)
- Cardboard Heart Template (or craft cutter template)
- Assorted Ribbons
- Grommets, Glitter, Glue
By all means fire up a set of hearts on your Silhouette or Cricut or what have you. I happen to have received a small square pad of polka dot card stock for Christmas. I was afraid to send such small paper through my cutter, but I loved the look. I also already had a heart template I saved from an old project. I printed a heart from an image search, cut it out and then traced it onto cardboard. Remember if your paper is one sided like mine trace on the blank side. Do you like my festive nails? Glitter and hearts!
I punched through all my hearts in one stack to make sure the holes would line up. I opted not to add grommets, but depending on the look of your paper you may want them. They make threading the ribbon easier and decrease paper wear. I threaded my hearts in alternating colors. I tied my banner to the superyard and spaced out my hearts. I attempted to make 3D hearts from the scraps. They came out cute the problem was that they didn't work with my 2D banner (at least I don't think they did). I left them out.
I did add red, pink and white curling ribbon on each end. I'm very pleased with the final product. Happy crafting!