Paper Heart Garlands: Made From Recycled Magazines

Looking for a fun Valentine 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 HERE!

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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 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 edges. Staple in place. (Make sure to catch the ribbon)

Open up the strips and fold back.

Line up strip ends and staple 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 another on the other side.

Line up paper ends and staple in place. Fold the ends down and staple 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 over, so all ends meet at the bottom to form a heart.

Staple in place.

If adding more heart underneath, add strips as indicated in 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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Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are something that I don’t make too frequently around here. I only make them for special occasions. First, they take some time, and second, they are just too yummy to have only a few so I end up eating way more than my share. These Valentine Sugar Cookies are the best!
 
I hadn’t even thought about sugar cookies this Valentine’s and my daughter mentioned yesterday that “we need to make sugar cookies”. What a great idea!
This recipe is a long time family favorite recipe from my sister Bonnie. It has sour cream in it, yes sour cream.  A yummy moist, flaky sugar cookie.

Bonnie’s Valentine Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening or butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt can be used)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Frosting

  • 1/3 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 1/2 – 3 Tbsp milk
  • food coloring, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl add butter, sugar, eggs (mixing after each egg), soda and vanilla.
  • Cream together until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sour cream and mix well. 
  • Add the flour mixture slowly.
  • Blend until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be sticky.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or chill in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. (Don’t forget about it in the freezer or you will have dough too stiff to roll out).
  • Take 1/2 of the dough out of the bowl and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Put the other half back in the fridge.
  • Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch in thickness. Of course you can use a regular rolling pin, but this rolling pin is the coolest. It has these rings that you can remove or add to get a set thickness of whatever you are rolling out. Works so well on cookie and pie dough!!!!! 
  • Cut out desired shapes using a cookie cutter, and carefully place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 2-4 minutes depending on the size. This really helps the cookies keep their shape.
  • Once they have chilled for a few minutes, pop them in the oven.

Baking the cookies

Baking times really depend on the size of the cookie.
  • Simply turn your oven light on and start the timer for eight minutes. Check them then and add a minute or two as needed. I like my cookies to be really soft so I pull them about just when I notice the “moist” look of the dough is gone on top or if I notice any bit of golden on the bottom.
  • After removing them from the oven, let them sit on the warm pan for a minute or two. This gives them a minute to firm up and bakes just a bit more.
  • Carefully grab the edges of the parchment paper and slide them off, parchment paper and all, onto wire cooling racks. Using a spatula often squishes them, or even breaks them.
  • Once the cookies are cool, use a spatula and gently stack them.
  • Mix the frosting and have fun decorating!
 
TIPS:
  • The cookies taste better the next day, or even several days later.  Store in airtight containers and enjoy!
  • For a great tip on getting all your cookies a consistent thickness, check out this blog post.

You may be interested in the Italian Dressing Recipe.

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies
This recipe is a long time family favorite recipe from my sister Bonnie. It has sour cream in it, yes sour cream.  A yummy moist, flaky sugar cookie.
  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time23 min
  • Total Time38 min
  • Course
    • Dessert
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INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup shortening or butter
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt can be used)
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 4 tsp. baking powder
    • 4 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 tsp. salt

Frosting

    • 1/3 cup salted butter, at room temperature
    • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
    • 2 1/2 – 3 Tbsp milk
    • food coloring, optional
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INSTUCTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

 
2

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside.

3

In another mixing bowl add butter, sugar, eggs (mixing after each egg), soda and vanilla.

4

Cream together until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sour cream and mix well. 

5

Add the flour mixture slowly.

6

Blend until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be sticky.

7

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or chill in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. (Don’t forget about it in the freezer or you will have dough too stiff to roll out).

8

Take 1/2 of the dough out of the bowl and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Put the other half back in the fridge.

9

Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch in thickness. Of course you can use a regular rolling pin, but this rolling pin is the coolest. It has these rings that you can remove or add to get a set thickness of whatever you are rolling out. Works so well on cookie and pie dough!!!!! 

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Upcycled Sweater Hearts – Free Pattern Tutorials

Oh the things you can do with a brightly colored felted wool sweater heart. I have written several posts over the years about making upcycled sweater hearts. I wanted to update a few things and perhaps bring them all together for you.

Felted wool sweater fabric is like crafting gold, especially for making Valentine’s. Hopefully you save your scraps when you are making things out of sweaters. Here are a few ideas.

patchwork heart

Patchwork sweater hearts

Put several different colors of sweaters together in one heart, using this this patchwork heart pattern. Here in this post you can get the download and instructions. Wrap one of these cute hearts up in a cellophane bag and give it to a friend or loved one any time of the year.

 

upcycled sweater heart garland

Heart Garland

Make a heart garland out of brightly colored felted wool sweaters, felt, and even paper. Here is a tutorial on how to do this.

 

hand warmers

Make some cozy heart hand warmers out of felted wool sweaters

You can download the free pattern here.

 

heart cards tutorial

How to easily cut out hearts out of felted wool sweaters

Even the smallest pieces can be used to cut out a heart for a card like shown in this video tutorial.

There you have it. A few fun things to make out of felted wool sweaters.

Happy Valentine’s Day My friends!

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Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Heart

valentine gifts

Valentine’s day is one of my most favorite holidays! I enjoy it more than Christmas. One day I contemplated why that is so, and I came to a conclusion. All the other holidays seem to have so much expectations and stress around them. Then in February there isn’t much going on, you are doing all you can to get through the cold dreary winter, and bright cheery valentine gifts just seems to brighten it up a bit. Gives you a little hope.

When Valentine’s day rolls around I know spring is just around the corner. But the real reason I think is that when I was a little girl, this was the only time I ever got a note from my mother. She would buy us all (six kids) a little Valentine treat and place it on our pillows. So when we went to bed on Valentine’s day, there would be a small box of chocolates, or some fun treat and most importantly a heartfelt note from our mother. This meant the world to me! I have done the same for my children, but they get notes from me all year long. 🙂

I do love my mother!!!  Homemade Valentine gifts from the heart mean the world to me and I am sure they will to those you love as well.

Valentine Gift Ideas

Here are a few ideas of some fun things you can make up for Valentine gifts using upcycled materials and fabric you have kicking around the house. There are a few printable items as well that you can download and print.

If you don’t sew or have a lot of time to make something, a heartfelt note, handmade card, a yummy homemade treat or meal is fabulous. The gift of YOUR TIME can be just as meaning, or even more.

Just let your gift be from the heart. If you are giving from obligation or expecting something in return, the recipient can feel it energetically. Who wants to feel like an obligation or burden? Something to think about. So when you give, make sure it IS from the HEART.

There are still a few weeks left to gather up your ideas, your felted wool sweaters or your paper and glue and let your creative juices flow!

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