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Valentine garlands to make this weekend

by Lynn

Garlands are the “in” thing right now and I know why. They add color and celebratory cheer for not much money (if any at all). Many are easy to make and they don’t take up a lot of room if you choose to store them.

Last year in this video I explained how to make one from the the Sunday comics.

This year I fell in love when I spotted this garland on Pinterest and made one to send to our new granddaughter in celebration of her very first Valentine’s Day. The instructions, though in Japanese, are easy to follow through the pictures you’ll find here and this garland is wonderfully simple to craft from scraps of felt you might have on hand.

Here are a few more that you (and hopefully your kids) can make this weekend in preparation for the 14th.

Love the simplicity of this vertical paper garland from Ellinee. (You could of course make it horizontal if you prefer.) If you have a heart-shaped punch, you’re in business. And if you don’t, hearts are an easy shape to cut from paper when you fold a sheet in half, then draw half the heart on one side, cut folded, open up and there you are!

A Valentine’s Day garland doesn’t have to be red or pink and white. Make it from every color you’ve got in your scrap basket like this one from Made By Rae.

Love the look of vintage like this one from RawBone Studio, but don’t have old-fashioned Valentines? You can download the old-fashioned pictures, make your own and print them (on recycled card stock of course).

This folded paper one is pretty. I found it at Seriously a Homemaker. Love it made from magazine and other pages. No directions here but wouldn’t be that hard to figure out how to make (says she who’s never attempted it).

And lastly, if you’re looking for plastic bag projects, this is a sweet one. You could even hang this banner outside without worrying about it being destroyed. From the mind and fingers of Aunt Peaches comes this vertical treat.

Have you made a Valentine’s Day garland? Tell us about it.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of  Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.

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