diy valentine: i love you garland

Dust off your bow and arrow, because Cupid is coming to town, folks!  Remember Valentine’s Day in 3rd grade?  In my class, everybody got some grocery store Valentines (Garfield and the Smurfs were pretty popular), and we all ran around depositing them in a little paper sack each kid had taped to his desk.  I.  Loved.  It.

Well, I had a request recently to come up with some DIY Valentines for grown-ups (I’m allegedly one of those), so we’re jumping into loveland.  I pondered for a while, came up with a few different styles, and hauled out the old craft box so I could get to work.  Today, we have a glittery garland that I’ve totally fallen for.

You’ll need a printer with a sheet of white paper, scissors, glue, glitter, a glue gun, and some baker’s twine or embroidery thread.

First, print out “I Love You” in all caps in a font of your choice (I used Arial Black, size 100 pt.).  Cut out your letters.  Then, spread a generous amount of glue on the front of each letter, and sprinkle with glitter (and by sprinkle, I mean douse).

 

If you find that after the letters dry some of the glitter has fallen off, just do some spot retouching with more glue and glitter.  Next, organize your letters glitter side down and backwards, and lay out the length of string that you’d like.

Put a small dot of hot glue at the top of your first letter, and sink the string in.  Repeat for each letter, ensuring that they’re the correct distance apart.

When you’ve finished, tie a little loop at each end of the string to hang (optional).  Hang up your Valentine garland and admire!

You could use these a zillion ways!  I picture them as a little Valentine greeting on the bathroom or hallway mirror, or draped on the back of your honey’s favorite chair, or even strung on a hanger in the closet as a morning surprise.  How would you use it?


70 comments

  1. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt on said:

    Super cute and super easy! I love that each letter is just attached by hot glue! EASY PEASY! Love this!

  2. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt on said:

    Super cute and super easy! I love that each letter is just attached by hot glue! EASY PEASY! Love this!

  3. lauren on said:

    don’t you love how glitter gets everywhere? and i’m not trying to be sarcastic…every time i find a spec, it’s like a little memory of my project…

  4. lauren on said:

    don’t you love how glitter gets everywhere? and i’m not trying to be sarcastic…every time i find a spec, it’s like a little memory of my project…

  5. Adrienne on said:

    This is adorable! I would totally use this to hang on our bathroom mirror for my hunny to find it! I love little surprises! :)

  6. Adrienne on said:

    This is adorable! I would totally use this to hang on our bathroom mirror for my hunny to find it! I love little surprises! :)

  7. Jackiefo on said:

    This is fabulous…perfect for all times of year and birthdays, holidays, etc…so glad I found your blog via Sweetest Occassion!

  8. Jackiefo on said:

    This is fabulous…perfect for all times of year and birthdays, holidays, etc…so glad I found your blog via Sweetest Occassion!

  9. lindyspice on said:

    Simply adorable. I hope I have some free time this weekend to break out the glitter & glue!!

  10. lindyspice on said:

    Simply adorable. I hope I have some free time this weekend to break out the glitter & glue!!

  11. Mani on said:

    This is so cute! Definitely going on my to do list :D

  12. Mani on said:

    This is so cute! Definitely going on my to do list :D

  13. Ash on said:

    I’m so going to make this!! thanks for posting!

  14. Ash on said:

    I’m so going to make this!! thanks for posting!

  15. Christine on said:

    Love this! Where did you get the glitter? The pieces look bigger than the glitter I usually see in stores.

    • chelseacosta on said:

      Got it from Joanne’s Fabric, in the kids craft aisle. Have fun!

  16. Christine on said:

    Love this! Where did you get the glitter? The pieces look bigger than the glitter I usually see in stores.

    • chelseacosta on said:

      Got it from Joanne’s Fabric, in the kids craft aisle. Have fun!

  17. Cindy Quinones on said:

    Where did you find that red and white twine? I love it!

    • chelseacosta on said:

      It’s baker’s twine — find it at baking supply stores, craft stores, or online. :)

  18. Cindy Quinones on said:

    Where did you find that red and white twine? I love it!

    • chelseacosta on said:

      It’s baker’s twine — find it at baking supply stores, craft stores, or online. :)

  19. das Sushi on said:

    I absolutely adore this! I think I’ll have to make one in pink (with aqua baker’s twine!) to hang in my daughter’s room year round. Thanks so much for the beautiful idea!

  20. das Sushi on said:

    I absolutely adore this! I think I’ll have to make one in pink (with aqua baker’s twine!) to hang in my daughter’s room year round. Thanks so much for the beautiful idea!

  21. Kalee on said:

    I love this! Using the banner photo to link back to you!

  22. Kalee on said:

    I love this! Using the banner photo to link back to you!

  23. Rachel on said:

    Oh my. That is so, so pretty! I want to make one for my wall! I would also love to link to this if you didn’t mind. I’m totally smitten!

  24. Rachel on said:

    Oh my. That is so, so pretty! I want to make one for my wall! I would also love to link to this if you didn’t mind. I’m totally smitten!

    • chelseacosta on said:

      Link away! Thanks for the love. <3

  25. i am absolutely smitten with this idea. so cute, and simple and it’ll add so much happiness to my home! can’t wait to do it for myself. thanks for sharing this great idea!

  26. Alison on said:

    THis is gorgeous! Definitely going to try this and use it on every occasion possible, birthdays, anniversaries, valentines day and just cause.

  27. lyndsay on said:

    wow wow this is from a few years back but it is MEGA CUTE and … as many have said… E-Z! awesome, chelsea! ^__^

  28. jess on said:

    Which glue did you use to Stick the Glitter!?? thanks! =)

  29. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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