DIY Ribbon Spool Storage Organizer / The Best Hack Ever

DIY ribbon spool rack
ribbon spool rack hack

Do you need help with your ribbon spool storage and organizing? No worries, I have the best DIY hack ever.

This organizing hack is simple and ridiculously inexpensive, and you won’t believe how well it works.

Over the years, I have tried several different methods using rods, bins, and different kinds of boxes, and nothing seems to work well.

It always seems to end up a big mess.

I’ve used This ribbon hanger and organizer for quite a while.

RIBBON SPOOL RACK not great

My old ribbon spool rack looked nice on the wall, but it wasn’t very efficient.

What I don’t like about these types of ribbon hangers is when you need to take out a ribbon or put a new ribbon spool in, it’s a major ordeal!

Let me show you how you can make this ribbon rack in just a few minutes, and it will only cost you $2.

ribbon spool rack materials

RIBBON SPOOL RACK MATERIALS & ITEMS NEEDED

You’ll need your purchase curtain rod that you can find at your hardware store, Walmart, or you can get them online HERE.

  • I used an 18 inch to 28 inches rod, but feel free to get any size you want.
  • You will need the hardware that it comes with.
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wall space that you want to hang it on.
  • A level, if you have one, will come in handy to ensure the rod is hanging straight. (You can always measure from the top of the ceiling and get the exact measurement).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RIBBON SPOOL RACK

1- Prepare the Wall Space

The first thing that you’ll need to do is prepare your wall space.

2- Find the wall studs (optional)

The screws don’t need to go into a stud, but my husband said that if you can find at least one stud to put it in, that would be ideal.

He marked the studs with painter’s tape, and I used the stud on the right to put hardware into.

ribbon spool hanging

3- Mark Screw Placement Holes with Pencil

Using a pencil, measure, and mark where you want the rod to hang.

ribbon spool hanging

4- Applying Hardware

Place the first hanger hardware in place. 

Using a measuring tape and level, determine where the other hanger must go. Apply the screw into the top holes only.

ribbon spool haning

Before you put the second screws in, attach the rod and stand back to look and see if it is hanging straight.

ribbon spool screwsIf all is good, apply the 2nd screw into the bottom holes of the hardware.

ribbon spool holder

HOW TO LOAD THE RIBBON SPOOL RACK

The curtain rod will sit 2 ½ inches away from the wall, allowing small and large spools to sit on top without falling through.

Place the ribbon spools on top of the curtain rod.

ribbon spool holder

A 28-inch rod will hold up to 43 spools of ribbon! Now that is pretty cool, don’t ya think?

Place another rod below, to the side, or make a longer hanger if you would like.

tip

Here is a tip to help keep the ribbon from unrolling.

diy ribbon spool hackI found these little tiny applique pins that work like a charm.

diy ribbon spool hack***The container that the pins come in is not great. I find that a re-purposed mint tin works great.

I use these tins to store all kinds of things.

They’re not as long as a standard sewing pin, so they don’t stick out where you can see them.

mini pins ribbon spool hackFind the end of the ribbon and slide the pin into the ribbon and into the ribbon spool, and it will keep it in place.

What To Do With Ribbon That Doesn’t Have a Ribbon Spool?

Perhaps you have some ribbon that you’ve bought by the yard. It’s not on a spool.

No worries. I have a good solution for that as well.

 

ribbon spool bolt

You can take comic boards and cut them down into little bolts to wrap them around.

Cut them 5 x 2.5 inches. (6.5 x 13 cm).

Tape the end of the ribbon to the board and start wrapping.

Then, insert a little pin to keep it in place. (I do the same thing with my CUSTOM-MADE BIAS TAPE).

ribbon spool hack binThis is where I store my RIBBON SPOOL BOLTS. These little plastic bins are the BEST!

plastic containers

They have adhesive on the back, and they stick really nicely to the inside of a cabinet door or the wall.

YOU CAN GET THEM HERE.

So that’s all there is to it.

This is a good opportunity to go through your ribbon box, or however you’re storing your ribbon spools, and keep the ribbon that you really like, donate or share the ones that you really don’t want anymore.

We all have different sewing spaces, different sewing needs, and supplies, but when you make your sewing space a place where you can enjoy being, it is really important and makes a massive difference in your sewing experience.

 

 

Have fun crafting!

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How to Make a Sweet Smelling Clementine Wreath

clementine wreath

This little clementine skin wreath is very easy to make, AND you’ll get a little Christmas aromatherapy while making it.

Oh baby, these little wreaths smell so yummy and their bright orange color will add a pop of color to your tree, tied to a package, or hung in your window.

clementine wreath

Clementine Wreath Materials & Supplies Needed

  • clementine or tangerines
  • cake decorating tip (doesn’t’ matter what size)
  • 20-26 gauge wire (about 10 inches long)
  • wire cutters
  • ribbon, jute or yarn for an optional bow or tie
clementine wreath

Clementine Wreath Instructions

STEP 1

Peel the clementine. Try to get big pieces of skin without tears/

clementine wreath

STEP 2

clemintine wreath

Take the cake decorating tip and place the big opening on top of the inside of the clementine peel.

Press down like you are using a cookie cutter to cut dough. You can press out several at a time. 

clementine wreath

Then take a piece of wire and poke out the circles you just cut.

Repeat until you have enough for a wreath.

It will take about 2 clementines for a 3 inch wreath.

STEP 3

Take the wire and start adding the clementine circles, poking the wire in the center of the circle.

Continue adding circles until you have enough for the size you want to make.

clementine wreath

STEP 4

Bring the wire together at the top of the wreath and twist to close the circle. Take the wire cutters (DONT USE SCISSORS), clip off the excess wire.

STEP 5

You can leave them plain or tie a ribbon or jute to the wreath for hanging.

This little craft is great for the kids.

They’ll remember and associate crafts, Christmas and the aroma of clementine with fond memories.

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How To Make Your Own Zipper Pull Tabs // Simple Craft

zipper pull

We use zippers on bags, pouches, jackets, and so many other things. Why not add a little character and charm to your zippers with a unique zipper pull tab?

In this post, I’m going to give you six different ideas and show you step by step how to do each one.

zipper pull cording

1- Simple Cording Zipper Pull

You can add a zipper pull to anything, and it can be as simple as adding a little piece of cording that you can pull, and that’s what we’re going to go over first.

Materials & Items Needed

  • Simple cording
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Lighter
zipper pull upcycled

You can use all kinds of cording. You can even use recycled cording from another item of clothing. In the photo above, it’s an upcycled zipper. I do that frequently, especially if it has a cool zipper. But for this zipper pull, we’re going to add just some regular cording.

If you haven’t seen my tutorial on how to upcycle zippers, you might wanna check that out. It’s kind of fun.

  • Cut a piece of cording about four inches long. Fold the cording in half and insert the folded end into the loop there in the zipper from front to back.
  • Take the cut ends through the cording loop, and give it a pull. It will make a little shank knot, and that’s all there is to it.To keep the ends of the cording from fraying, you’ll want to take a lighter or a match and just simply burn those ends of the cording. Or you can apply a little bit of glue on the ends.

2- Button Stack Zipper Pull

zipper pull buttons I love recycling buttons. As you can see, I have more than a few and I have another jar as well. Used buttons are something good to have on hand.

zipper pull button supplies

Materials & Supplies

  • 4-6 Buttons of different sizes and colors.
  • Waxed thread or embroidery floss and beeswax (or any wax)
  • To wax the thread, simply place the thread against the wax and pull it. It will make a little cut in the wax.
  • Repeat that several times until the thread is coated. The coated thread makes it water-resistant and more durable.
  • Cut off about 10 inches of thread so you can have something to work with, you’ll cut off the excess later.
zipper pull threading
  • Decide what order you want the buttons to be in.
  • Start with the smallest button first, take the two ends, and thread it down through the holes. If you have a button with four holes, that works best for the bottom button. If there are four-hole buttons, just thread them through the two opposite holes.
  • Continue adding buttons until you have all the buttons threaded onto the thread.
  • zipper pullLeave a loop of about 3 inches. Take the loop end and stick it from the front to the back of the zipper pull. Take the stack of zippers and thread it through the loop and pull it.
  • Pull the buttons up to the length you want the chain to be. Take the cut ends of the thread and re-thread them into the other two holes in the bottom button again. zipper pull knot
  • Make a double knot between the bottom and the next button and then clip off the cord or thread right about an eighth of an inch from the knot. That’s it. You can add this to a backpack. You could put this on lots of fun little bags or even a jacket.

3- Upcycled Sweat Ball Zipper Pull

 

Materials & Supplies

zipper pull sweater

1- Cut out a small circle approximately 3 inches. To make it easier, use a glass or lid as a template to trace around.

2- Double-thread the needle and knot the end. Decide which side of the fabric you want to show. Felted wool sweater fabric has a different texture on both sides. I usually opt for the “wrong” side of the sweater because it has more character.

zipper pulls circleInsert the needle into the side of the fabric that won’t be showing. Start taking big stitches, big gathering stitches, about 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric.

zipper pull gather and stuff

3- Sew all the way around. These big gathering stitches don’t have to be perfect. When you get all the way around pull it and it’ll make a little cup. Grab a little bit of fiberfill stuffing and stuff it down in. It doesn’t take very much. And then start to pull the thread and it will make a little ball.

Stick the needle out onto the right side of the ball so it’s easier to see and gather. Make another round of stitching with the same seam allowance. Give it a little pull and then take your thumbs and press the seam allowance down into the ball.

Don’t pull it all the way tight because you still have to insert the cording.

4 – Decide how long you want the cording to be and cut it that length. Attach the cording to the zipper pull using that same knot or just thread it through the zipper hole.

Take the cut ends of the cording and stick them down into the hole you left in the ball, about ½ inch inside. Using a turning stick makes this a little easier.

5 – Insert the needle into the cording, then take a stitch into the ball. Then take another stitch into the other cording strip and repeat that process until you feel it is secure. To knot the thread, take a little stitch right by the cording. Leave a little loop and then wrap the needle around the loop a few times and gently pull.

This will make a knot. Then stick the needle into the ball and out somewhere else. Cut the thread.

 

zipper pull sweater ball

So there is another fun way to use your upcycle sweater scraps and add a little charm to a zipper pull.

zipper pull cherriesI also have a tutorial on how to make some really cute cherry magnets and zipper pulls, using the same method. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

4- Pom Pom Zipper Pull

zipper pull pomMaterials & Items Needed

I’m not going to show you how to make the pom poms in this tutorial, but I do have another tutorial that shows you how to make them. Start with a pom pom you’ve made or one that you have purchased.

1- Thread and knot a single waxed thread.

2- Insert the needle into the middle of the pom pom. Pull it tight so that the knot doesn’t show. Thread the needle into the zipper pull and then back into the pom pom. Knot the end of the thread.

3- You may need to make several knots so it is a BIG knot. Cut thread and pull the knot into the pom pom and you’re all set.

felt zipper pull

5- Felt Zipper Pull

Materials & Items Needed

There are so many fun things you can do with a piece of felt. I’ll show you a few examples and you can go with your imagination.

For example, on this fleece jacket, I have added this zipper pull, and all it is is two felt pieces glued together with the cording and applied to a zipper. It’s just something you don’t see.

zipper pull felt flower

And on this jacket I have embroidered a cute little yellow flower onto a round piece of felt.

star felt zipper pull

This zipper pull I embroidered a cute little blue star onto a piece of green felted wool sweater. There so many options. Let your creative bones go to work. You can embroider stars, hearts, whatever you want onto a piece felt.

1- Cut a piece of cording or thread about 4 inches. Thread it through the zipper pull. Cut out another piece of felt the same size as the embroidered felt piece.

2- Apply some glue to the wrong side of the back piece. Take the cording strip you cut and sandwich it between the front and back felt pieces. and glue it to the back of the embroidered felt piece.

If the item you are adding a zipper pull to is going to be going through the wash, I recommend using this washable glue. It works well.

You can make squares, you can make circles, you can even make a cute heart. That would be really cute.

zipper pull beads

6- Beaded Zipper Pull

Another thing that I upcycle and save and use is beads. You can buy beads from the fabric or craft store, or you can used upcycled beads. I keep a box of odd jewelry or beads for projects just like this.

zipper pull beadsTo make a zipper pull you can use several beads or even one bead can be very cute.

Materials & Supplies

zipper pull thread beads

1- Decide the order you want the beads to be. Take your waxed thread and make a knot on the end. Add a little drop of glue to the bottom knot to keep it from pulling through.

2- Start threading the beads onto the thread STARTING WITH THE BEAD YOU WANT ON THE BOTTOM. ***The bead you have at the top will need to have a bigger hole so that you can thread it through twice.

3- When you have threaded all the beads take the thread and insert the end into the zipper pull. Then thread it back back into the top bead. Spread the beads apart so you can make a double knot around the thread.  

When you think the knot is secure, cut the thread and pull the buttons down. 

So there you have it. Some cute, fun, unique ways to add some character to your zipper pulls in your projects, in your clothing, and anything else that has a zipper.

Have fun crafting!

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How To Make an Orange Pomander / Sweet Smelling Christmas Craft

orange pomander

Making an orange pomander before Christmas has become a little tradition in our family. It is such a relaxing, simple little craft that gathers everyone around the table for some quality time together, AND the best part is the AMAZING AROMA it produces.

This is a super simple holiday craft that the whole family can make. What I love about it, is that there is no set pattern or design to go by and they are quick to make. It’s actually quite relaxing and therapeutic.

orange pomander

Place several of these little orange/clove gems into a basket or bowl to make a beautiful holiday centerpiece, or I love the look of a single pomander sitting on a cabinet or shelf. Add a bow and a little note and they make a practical and usable homemade gift. I’ve even seen them added to a Christmas wreaths and hung on a Christmas tree.

ORANGE POMANDER

What is an orange pomander?

The Orange Pomander is a fragrant spiced fruit that is popularly used as decor, incense, and a gift during the Fall and Winter Holidays

The word “pomander” derives from the French pomme d’ambre, meaning “apple of amber”—a reference to the round shape of the object

“The Pomanders were first recorded in Europe in the Middle Ages and were used as Herbal Amulets that were worn around the neck or placed in the home, with the intention of protecting one from Negative Spirits, Energies, harm, jealousy, envy, and protection from widespread disease.”

items needed orange pomander

How To Make Orange Pomanders

What you need:

  • Oranges that are firm, brightly colored, and free of blemishes. (You can also use limes )
  • A few toothpicks, paper clips, or other sharp poking instruments
  • Whole cloves

Optional Items:

  • rubber bands
  • masking tape/washi tape
  • ribbon
  • spice preservative mixture

Instructions Orange Pomanders

1 – If you want perfect circles on your pomanders, use rubber bands wrapped around the orange as guides.

You can also place tape around the orange and create your designs in the spaces not covered by the tape. Remove tape when done. The spaces left by the tape can work for placing a ribbon.

2- Or you can freehand your designs and just poke holes in the orange in the shapes you prefer.

You can create spirals, circles, stars, and snowflake shapes. Use your imagination!

wonder under janni tipTry to keep the holes 1/8-1/4-inch (the size of a head of cloves) apart. The orange will eventually “mummify” and shrivel and shrink, so you need to leave some room for the contraction to happen. You don’t want the cloves too close together.

Work in sections. When the design in one section is complete, immediately push the cloves into the pre-made holes.

How long does an orange pomander last?

Fresh pomanders will last about a week. Rotate the fruit often to prevent mold and discard them if they become moldy. By refrigerating them at night, you will prolong the life of the fresh fruit. I recommend making a few one week, and then making another one or two the next week, to space it out a bit.

orange pomander spice mix

You can also use a “spice mixture” to preserve the orange pomander for several months or some say even years. Place your finished pomander in a bowl with the ground spices and, using a spoon, start to coat the entire ball.

orange pomander brush

Brush off the excess with a crafting paintbrush. It will smell divine.

Spice mixture for longer-lasting pomanders:

To make the pomander balls last even longer, you can dry them. There are several methods to choose from for drying. The easiest and fastest way is to use a dehydrator.

Dry the pomanders on low to medium heat, about 100° to 115° until the fruit is hard. The dried pomander ball will feel light and sound hollow when you tap on the fruit.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.

Enjoy!

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Upcycled Zipper Bracelets | 3 Adorable DIY Styles

zipper bracelets

These upcycled zipper bracelets are unique, easy to make, and quite adorable. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make them using 3 simple methods. Oh, how I love upcycling and making useful items out of repurposed items! When you think “outside the box” you can come up with so many fun things that are UNIQUE and ONE-OF-A-KIND.

zipper upcycling storage binIn a previous post, I gave some great tips for zipper upcycling that you may want to check out. These bracelets can also be made with new zippers, after all, zippers are inexpensive and you may not have a zipper stash as I do. LOL.

zipper bracelets

These zipper bracelets are really cute layered with other types of bracelets and can also be made into cute necklaces.

Here are 3 different styles and methods for making bracelets.

zipper bracelets items and materials

Zipper Bracelets Materials & Items Needed

wide band zipper bracelets

Wide Band Zipper Bracelets Instructions

1 – Plug in your hot glue gun and get that heated up.

2 – Cut zipper to the desired length.

For an adult bracelet, I recommend cutting 6-7 inches. If you’re making bracelets for a child, measure then cut.

3 – Unzip the zipper and flip the zipper teeth to the outside.

Decide which side of the zipper you want to expose. (I prefer exposing the metal teeth over the colored teeth), but it’s just preference.

***If you want to embroider on the bracelet, do it now before you glue the two pieces tougher. You can add any kind of bling you want to the bracelet at this time.

4 – Apply hot glue to one side of one section of the zipper.

You can apply all the glue at once or do it in sections as you stick the two pieces of the zipper together. Line up the fabric edge of one zipper section with the other section’s zipper edge teeth as shown in the photo.

5 – Trim the ends of the zipper to square off and cut any threads.

Apply a bead of Fray Check to the raw edges on both the top and underside of the ends to keep the fabric from fraying.

6 – Take the ribbon clamps and apply them to the ends of the zipper using needle nose pliers. Clamp tightly.

Apply a jump ring and the lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring and an O ring to the other. You can add more jump rings or charms at this point.

Center Cut Zipper Bracelet Instructions

You can use this method to make a single wrap bracelet, a double wrap bracelet, or a necklace/choker.zipper bracelet choker

1 – Cut a zipper 7 inches long for a bracelet, 14 inches for a double wrap bracelet, and 15-16 inches for a choker necklace.

DO NOT SEPARATE THE ZIPPER!

2 – Using a pair of scissors, cut along the edge of the zipper teeth on both sides of the zipper teeth.

Using a lighter (I like this long handle lighter) burn the edges of the zipper fabric to keep it from fraying. (If it is an all-cotton fabric zipper, you may need to use the Fray Check to keep the edges from fraying. The Fray Check dries clear. 

3- Take the needle nose pliers and remove 2-3 sets of zipper teeth.

How many teeth you remove depends on the length of your clamp beads. (it literally feels like you’re pulling teeth).

4 – Apply a dab of school glue to the end of the zipper fabric and roll it with your fingers to keep the ends together.

5 – Apply the crimp bead over the fabric ends (make sure the right side of the zipper is facing the way you want it to be) and clamp tightly using the pliers.

Add the jewelry hardware the same way as described above.

Embroidery Thread Wrapped Bracelet Instructions

1 – Cut a zipper to the desired length and separate the zipper. (You’ll only be using one side of the zipper).

2 – Cut a strand (all six threads) 4 x the length of the cut zipper.

For a 7-inch zipper cut at least 28 inches. It doesn’t have to be exact, just make sure it is long enough so you’re not running out of thread.

**tip:  I have found a trick that keeps the embroidery floss from separating and coats it for moisture protection. Simply take a piece of bees wax or other wax and pull the thread along an edge of the wax. It will lightly coat it with wax which also makes it easier to work with.

3 – Remove 2-3 zipper teeth on each end with your pliers. 

4 – Burn the edges of the zipper fabric as shown above.

4- Apply a dab of glue to the fabric end of the zipper and place the end of the embroidery floss on top of the glue.

Twist the ends of the zipper and floss to stick them together and then apply the crimp bead. Do this to only one end of the zipper at this time.

5 – Start wrapping the embroidery floss around the zipper and between the teeth.

Continue wrapping until you’ve covered the whole zipper.

Cut any remaining embroidery floss and apply glue, twist and then add the crimp bead. Add jewelry hardware and you’re finished.

These zipper bracelets are fun little on-the-go crafts for traveling or to do while watching a good movie.

Be on the lookout at thrift stores, yard sales, and even in items of clothing for a GOOD ZIPPER! You can find some really cool zippers with great colors and hardware if you look for them.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Be sure to check out my other upcycling posts and video tutorials.

T-Shirt Yarn | Made From Upcycled T-Shirts

Upcycled T Shirts – Ideas and Tips

Upcycled Denim Jeans – Ideas and Tips

Have fun making zipper bracelets!

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Fleece Coneflower: Free Pattern and Tutorial

I do love flowers, and coneflowers are one of my favorites. I have had this magazine page pinned to my bulletin board for some time now, and this was my inspiration for this new fleece coneflower pattern.

Who would have thought that FLEECE would be a great medium for making flowers?  Well, it is!
This fleece coneflower is so quick and easy to make you can have a bouquet made up in no time at all.

Materials & Items Needed

fleece coneflower instructions

  • First, plug in your glue gun so it will be ready when you need it.
  • Cut out 8 pedals. *Make sure to lay the pattern out on the stretch of the fabric, as indicated on the pattern. You can use a couple of different shades if you like.
  • Stretch the petals.  This will make them curl up slightly
  • Do this to all 8 petals. (The top of the petal will be curled up edge)
  • Double thread your needle with a knot at the end.  With the curled edges up, fold the petal in half lengthwise, and stitch to secure in place.
  • Join two petals together, with the tops facing up (curled edge).  Alternate colors if you are using more than one color.  Stitch back and forth a few times to secure.
  • Continue stitching petals together until you have joined all eight.
  • Turn flower over and join the first petal to the last.  Stitch around one more time catching the back of each petal.  Pull tight and knot.  Cut your thread.

 

Coneflower Center

  • Using the flower center pattern piece, cut out one center using the color of your choice.  You can use felt or fleece.
  • Using a simple basting stitch, sew around the outer edge, about 3/8 inch inside the outer edge.
  • Poke the needle to the outside and pull slightly to gather in edges.  Fill with stuffing, or I just like to use little pieces of scrap felt.  It works great.
  • Pull the thread tight to gather in the edges.  Use a pencil or some other device to poke the raw edges to the inside of the ball.  Pull the thread and tuck, keep doing this until you have worked all the edges inside.

 

  • Stitch back and forth to secure in place.  Don’t worry too much what your stitches look like, as they will not be seen.  Knot and cut thread.

 

  • Dab a little bit of hot glue to the back of your flower center and press firmly onto the front center of your flower.

Making the Stem

  • To make a cute stem, simply paint a bamboo skewer green and cut out a felt leaf.  Using the glue gun, add a dab of glue to the bottom 2 inches of the leaf.  Place the stem on top.

 

  • Add just a little more glue and fold the edges over.

Tadah!  Wasn’t that easy and fun.

Send me a note if you have any questions or concerns while sewing these up.

felt flower wrist corsage
Learn how to make a wrist corsage here.
 
I have designed a fun pattern with 5 other types of flowers using felt and fleece. 

GET THE PATTERN HERE

Enjoy!

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Paper Heart Garlands: Made From Recycled Magazines

Looking for a fun Valentine’s craft? These paper heart garlands are easy to make and only require a few supplies. Best of all, this is a project where you can recycle. (I love re-purposing items). You can create such unique items when recycling, and these paper hearts are just that, one of a kind!

I am going to show you how to make two kinds of paper hearts: a simple single heart and a double heart. You can use both types of hearts to create a vertical and horizontal garland.

You can watch the video tutorial below.

Paper Heart Garland Items & Materials

  • magazine pages cut int strips 3/4 inches (2 cm)
  • paper punch (small 1/4 preferably)
  • stapler
  • jute or ribbon to hang hearts
  • paper cutter or rotary cutter
  • 1/2 sheet card stock paper (cut into 3/4 inch x 1 1/4 inches) 2 cm x 3 cm

Heart Garland Instructions

Cut magazine pages into strips 3/4 inches wide

To make a single heart: cut a bunch of strips 4 inches long. (You’ll need two strips for each heart)

To make a double heart: cut a bunch of strips 4 inches AND some strips 6 inches. (You’ll need 2 short strips and 2 long strips)

Cut card stock into tabs measuring 3/4 inches x 1 1/4 inches.

Punch a hole at the top as indicated in the photo above.

Single heart

Cut a strip of ribbon or jute and make a loop for hanging the heart.

Place the jute between two short strips, lining up the edges. Staple in place. (Make sure to catch the ribbon)

Open up the strips and fold back.

Line up strip ends and staple them in place. This will form a heart. You can hang a single heart or make a vertical heart garland.

If adding more hearts below, place another strip on one side of the bottom of the heart and another on the other side.

Line up paper ends and staple them in place. Fold the ends down and staple them again to form another heart.

Continue this process until you have a garland your desired length.

Continue this process until you have a garland your desired length.

Double heart

To make a double heart, you’ll need 2 long and two short strips, and one card stock tab for each heart.

Place the strips in the order as indicated in photo. (short, long, tab, long, short)

Align the bottom of the strips and tab and staple about 1/4 inch from the bottom

(Make sure ends are lined up evenly).

Open up the strips and fold them over, so all ends meet at the bottom to form a heart.

Staple in place.

If adding more hearts underneath, add strips as indicated in the photo above.

To make a horizontal garland:

Simply string jute or ribbon through the hole you stapled in the tab. Add as many hearts as you want. Make a loop on both ends to hang the garland. 

I hope you have as much fun making these paper heart garlands as I do.

Here are some other Valentine crafting projects to check out:

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Heart Lollipops: Made with Upcycled Sweaters & Felt

Here it is almost Valentine’s Day, and that means craft time to me. I am always looking for new things to make using my favorite felted wool sweater scraps, and these heart lollipops are the cutest!

It’s a quick little project that you can whip up in no time at all. Trust me, you won’t be able to make just one. 

Of course, you can make these hearts with regular felt, but a felted wool sweater just adds so much character and texture. (I hope you’ve been saving all your felted wool sweater scraps)! They really do come in handy for a lot of things. 

What do you do with heart lollipops?

You can’t eat them, but you can:

  • Stick them in a potted plant to decorate your home
  • Embellish a valentine gift wrapping
  • Place one in a plant that you are giving as a gift
  • Put a bundle of them in a small vase and give as a gift.
  • Leave the stick off, and add a loop to hang the heart on a doorknob or wall.

What you’ll need:

The pattern downloaded, printed and cut out. GET THE PATTERN HERE.

  • fabric scissors
  • embroidery needle and embroidery floss ( about a yard and a half for one heart)
  • felt or felted wool sweater (one that won’t fray)
  • Bamboo skewers, or sucker sticks
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • fiber fill stuffing

Instructions:

Watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL at the end of the post

Cut out 2 hearts.

Thread the needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss. (Embroidery floss usually comes in a skein of 6 strands) I like to split it into half, making it not so bulky.

Knot the end of the thread and take a stitch right at the point, with the knot sandwiched in middle so it doesn’t’ show.

Sew around the heart using a BLANKET STITCH.  If you are not familiar with this stitch, you can watch a tutorial here.

Stop about an inch from where you started. 

Add a little stuffing to puff it up a bit, but not too much!

Add a little dollop of hot glue to one end of the stick and poke it inside the heart, and inside of the stuffing.

Continue sewing until you come to the bottom point of the heart. Wrap the needle around the stick and take another small stitch to knot the end. 

Insert the needle back into the fabric right on top of a previous stitch and pull the needle out in the middle of the heart. 

Clip the thread.

You can place it in a small cellophane bag and tie a bow around it, or leave unwrapped.

Another way to make the heart is to leave the stick out and add a loop for hanging. 

If you choose to sew them up this way, start sewing at the top notch of the heart instead of the bottom of the heart.

Make a loop with a piece of jute or ribbon and make a knot at the end. Insert that into the heart before you stitch the opening up.

Be sure to check these posts for some other Valentine’s ideas.

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