Valentine's Day is the perfect time to surprise and delight your Valentine or your Galentine. And there's no better way to do it than by giving them a "heart attack." And by "heart attack," we mean shower them with surprise hearts! This little garland is perfect for doing just that. We love that it's a Valentine that your sweetheart can use as a decoration year after year.
This project is a fun and simple DIY that can be put together in under an hour. If you have someone special in your life and don't quite know what to give them for Valentine's Day (or want to create something with a personal touch), this is a great alternative to the usual chocolates and flowers. Our printable heart template provides three different sizes of hearts, so you can choose which will work best for you. Not to mention, the remaining materials you'll need are super affordable and easy to find!
Gather Your Materials
As you're gathering materials, think about the color palette that you might like to use. We used a traditional Valentine palette of red, pink, and white, but a more modern or alternative color selection could be just as fun! Also, consider how long you'd like to make your garland and where you'll be placing it; the longer the garland you'd like to make, the more felt you'll need.
- Heart template
- Felt in various colors
- Ballpoint pen
- E6000 or fabric glue
Print the Template
Download and print our free heart template. We've provided three sizes of hearts so that you can customize your garland in lots of different ways. Feel free to mix sizes, or chose a single size and stick with that. You could even create a mini garland for children's Valentines using all tiny hearts. Once your template is printed, cut out each size of the heart that you want to use for your garland.
After you've chosen the size of heart(s) you want to use, you'll need to trace the hearts over and over again on your felt. Place the paper heart down on a piece of felt and trace carefully around the edges with your pen. We recommend alternating right-side-up and upside-down hearts as you trace them onto your felt to maximize space and be able to fit more hearts on a single felt sheet. Trace enough hearts to create the length of garland that you'd like.
Once all of your hearts are traced, begin cutting them out. To save time and cutting, you can stack three felt sheets at a time, arranging them so that all of the edges are aligned, and cut through the three sheets with the heart guides that you traced on the front sheet of felt. Just be sure as you do this that the sheets stay aligned and don't slip out of place. If you're having trouble holding them all together as you cut, we recommend either cutting fewer sheets at a time or clipping the sheets together with a binder clip to keep them aligned. Cut out as many hearts as you like!
Prep the Glue
Unspool a long strand of yarn to start your garland. We recommend leaving the end connected to the skein so you can make it as long as you need to and don't run out of yarn as you're making your garland. Arrange your hearts in pairs and spread glue on one of each pair, with a strip of glue down the center and some on either side of the heart as well.
Make the Garland
Sandwich the pairs of hearts onto the strand of yarn, pressing firmly on each pair to ensure that they're adhered both to the yarn and each other. Decide how far apart you'd like each heart on the garland, and try to keep them equidistant as you go. It may be smart to experiment first to decide how far apart you'd like your hearts; try a few very close together or a few that are more spaced out, and decide what look you want to create.
Hang It Up
Decide where you'd like to hang it and give your Valentine a "heart attack"! These are the most fun when they're left as a surprise in an unexpected place—in a locker, hanging in a doorway, or over a mirror are just a few ideas. Be creative and your Valentine or Galentine will definitely feel the love!