Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Banner

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My daughter is still feeling under the weather.  She made it to gymnastics last night and seemed to be doing fine but woke up this morning with another stomach ache and didn’t want to eat.  You know your child isn’t feeling well when all she wants for breakfast is water and plain cheerios!  So instead of letting her watch cartoons all morning, I decided we would do a craft project (she loves them) and started working on a simple DIY Valentine’s Day banner.

DIY_Valentine's Day Banner

As an not-so-formal resolution, I’ve decided that I’m going to use up some of my craft supplies before I buy new ones.  Notice I said “some.” I have buckets full of craft supplies in my garage that have been sitting there for the past 4 months.  It’s such a pain to dig through the buckets when I need something so I typically just go out and buy it. I’m sure when I get around to organizing all this stuff, I’ll find 20 bottles of black acrylic paint.  Isn’t that how it always is?

For this simple DIY Valentine’s Day banner, all you need is craft paper, thread, needle and scissors.  If you have a heart craft punch (I found one at Michael’s on sale for six dollars) you can use that and it will make things even easier.  The first thing you need to do is cut out your hearts.  You can make them the same size, different sizes, whatever works best for the look you’re trying to achieve.  If you have a heart punch, this takes a matter of minutes.  If you’re cutting them out, make sure to use the same heart as your template to ensure the same size.

cut out hearts

You can use whatever type of thread you want to put the banner together.  I ended up using embroidery thread because it’s what I had available in the sewing basket.

embroidery thread

The next part is very simple.  Just thread your needle and begin making your banner.  Once I determined where I wanted the thread to be on my hearts, I used that heart as a template for making the holes in the rest of my hearts.  You can see where I positioned my thread.  You’ll want to make sure your thread is in the upper part of the heart so there is enough weight below the thread and the hearts hang correctly.

DIY Valentines Banner

The banner took about us about 20 minutes to make one strand.  Not only did my daughter and I get to craft together, I was also able to sneak in some learning opportunities.  She learned about patterns and in the process I was able to make an inexpensive, easy banner for our mantle.  I guess her being sick isn’t all bad. 🙂

I linked up at Skip To My Lou.

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Comments

  1. What a great idea! I am going to dig through my craft supplies and see what I can come up with as far as paper…and will head out to buy a heart punch, I know I don’t have one of those!

  2. I love simple projects like this that my kids can help with. They are so proud of it when we are finished! Looks awesome too!

  3. I think my daughter would really like to help with this project. Great idea!

  4. adding my twitter link

  5. Pinned it GIRL!

  6. Oh my gosh I LOVE this… and it’s so pretty! Simple but elegant!

  7. That banner is really pretty! I would NEVER have thought it was homemade, but rather bought at a high end craft store! Gorgeous!

    Dawn

  8. That does look pretty good and so festive. Love the idea

  9. This is adorable! I’m so making one of these to girly up this house for VDay! Thanks!

  10. what a cute banner! I like this idea for a kids party!

  11. Super cute banner! Love it!

  12. This is so cute! I love simple crafts, as my two year old doesn’t want to sit for more than 25 minutes at a time. Pinning this!!

  13. Very cute and sounds very easy to make too!

  14. So cute! I love crafts that are relatively easy to make, as I don’t usually get large chunks of time to throw at them. And I totally hear you on the craft thing. Headed to buy some organizational supplies today in hopes of corralling most of it! I know I have duplicates of too many things.

  15. This is really cute! Looks like it would work well for a baby shower too!

  16. Thanks so much for linking up with Whip It Up Wednesday. This is such a cute banner, I might have to make one today!

    Hope to see more projects from you in the future!

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