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Monday, January 30, 2017

Garland Tutorial

Welcome to my first Tutorial!  I hope you find this project as fun and easy as it is!

I picked up the wood Valentine heart cutouts and the bakers twine at Hobby Lobby.  The Scrap book paper I had in my "stash" (truth be told I probably got it from Hobby Lobby too)

I used one of each size heart as a template.   On plain paper you could just trace your hearts on the back and get cutting.  I cut out 6 of each. 

On printed paper, like this beautiful toile, you should could "fussy" cut so each heart has a good picture. 

I used a gray fleur de lis for the larger hearts. 

Next I used regular ol' Elmers glue on the heart.  Not too much because you don't want it to wrinkle your paper heart, but enough so it sticks all the way around. 

After placing the heart down on the glue I gently rubbed across the heart with a popsicle stick to get the glue all the way to the edges.  

Here are some hearts that are dried and ready to be attached. 

Next take your twine, or ribbon, (I changed my mind and used ribbon for this because I thought it matched the paper better) and cut about 72 inches.  You could make yours longer or shorter depending on you preference.  This length allowed for two inches between hearts and about 18 inches on either side for hanging.  

I started 18 inches in with the first heart.   I marked my heart 
with a small pencil mark and then laid the ribbon on top.   I then put a generous amount of glue and placed the small heart on top.

Using small clamps, I clamped the two hearts together so they could dry in place.   I roughly measured 2 inches from the large heart and glued the next one in place.  I placed 6 sets of hearts on my garland. 

I'm so glad a did a "fussy" cut with this Toile scrapbook paper.  It's perfect for Valentine's Day!

I hope you enjoyed this simple garland tutorial. 
Post a picture if you make one - I'd love to see it!

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