My sweet boys usually steal my heart, but this time, I stole theirs…for my sweet Valentine garland! Read on to learn how a Pinterest photo and my kids’ artwork inspired this Valentine garland with hearts and pom-poms.
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A Valentine’s Day Pinterest Challenge
If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you know I love a good challenge! My friend Cindy from County Road 407 hosts this fun Pinterest Challenge each month to stimulate creativity and encourage everyone to “try this at home.”
The plan is to take one Pinterest photo and recreate it at home using our own unique styles. If it sounds like fun, that’s because IT IS!
Be sure to check out the posts from all the bloggers at the end of this post!
Welcome to First Day of Home!
If you’re visiting from My Wee Abode, we need to become friends immediately. Julie is one of my blogging besties, not to mention one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet! She’s on speed dial.
You’re probably still swooning over her velvet heart garland, so I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself before we dive into the challenge.
The Inspiration Photo: Valentine’s Day Garland
This month, we have a sweet farmhouse Valentine’s Day garland from Refresh Living as inspiration for our challenge.
Jenny combined pom-poms and yarn hearts for a neutral, rustic farmhouse look. This would match any decor and has such a soft, charming feel.
I decided to incorporate the same sweetness of Jenny’s banner by including homemade pom-poms, but I added a bit more color.
Since my decor has plenty of neutrals already, I wanted a little more pop of Valentine’s colors for contrast.
Instead of yarn hearts, I took the liberty of making felt hearts. (This is where I got a little inspiration from my young boys. More on that later.)
I’ve put together a quick tutorial below if you’d like to make your own Valentine heart garland as well.
How to Make a Valentine Garland
While Jenny uses a great method for making pom-poms with a fork, I’m obsessed with the new pom-pom makers I bought! (You can see them in action in my winter mantel decor.)
Beyond that, you’ll really only need a handful of supplies to make this Valentine’s Day garland!
Valentine Garland Supplies
- Pom-pom maker
- Felt pieces
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Jute rope
- Needles for floss and jute
- Poly-fil or cotton balls (optional)
I have a YouTube video showing how to make this garland, which has plenty of details on making the perfect yarn pom-poms and felt hearts.
Step 1: Create pom-poms in alternating colors
To make my pom-poms, I used a beautiful set of ombre yarn I found at Hobby Lobby.
You can make your pom-poms any size and as full or thin as you like. I wound each side of my pom-pom maker about five times back and forth before cutting the yarn.
After creating your pom-poms, you’ll want to give them a haircut to even out any stray pieces of yarn.
(Some of my pom-poms are still having a bad hair day, but I’m okay with that.)
Step 2: Cut felt hearts and stitch edges
Here’s where I got inspiration from my twin boys! My kids love to craft, too. (Go figure.) In fact, they tape their creations to the walls all over the house.
Recently, they taped up a 4-foot skinny red heart with the word “Joy” in the middle. (They wrote the “J” backward.)
Cue the heartstrings!
In a little wink to my sons, I decided to freehand a few skinny hearts for my garland to spread their joy around the house.
To me, the overcast stitch adds a playful, casual texture. (Correct me, please, if it’s not called an overcast stitch!)
Step 3: Fill hearts with Poly-Fil or cotton (optional)
I had a giant bag of Poly-Fil left from the pretend campfire set I sewed a while back, so I used a small amount to add dimension to my felt hearts before stitching them closed.
Cotton balls would work just fine, too!
Step 4: String pom-poms and hearts onto jute string
The final step in making your Valentine garland is putting it all together on a piece of string or cord. I simply tie a “belt” around the middle of my pom-poms to hang them.
This Valentine’s Day garland can also work with a moody background.
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Continue Your Tour
Aren’t you curious to know what the other bloggers came up with for this Pinterest Challenge?
Continue your tour with the links below!
Next up is Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip! She’s sure to have some awesome DIY projects in store for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
How to Make a Valentine Garland
- embroidery floss
- jute cord
- Needles to thread cord
- Poly-fil or cotton (optional)
- Create pom-poms in various sizes using pom-pom maker or fork method. Wind yarn around pom-pom maker about 5-6 times back and forth for best results.
- Cut heart shapes out of felt and use embroidery floss to make overcast stitch around edges. Leave a 2-inch opening.
- Before sewing heart closed completely, insert a small amount of poly-fil or cotton balls to give hearts dimension. Then, sew closed.
- Thread jute cord through felt hearts and around pom-pom centers (like a belt) to hang.