Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Valentine Garland

And a give away!
My house looked very barren after taking down my Christmas decorations, so I whipped up this heart garland using a my trusty paper punch and a stack of old magazines.



I wanted my hearts to be in shades of red and pink, so I found pages with those colors and in no time I had a pile of paper hearts.



I took the hearts to my sewing machine and just started sewing them together to make my garland.







I had so much fun with this project that I made an extra 12 foot long garland to give to one lucky reader! To enter just comment below and leave your email address so I can contact the winner. You can get a second entry by linking to my blog, and commenting a second time letting me know you did this. I'll pick a winner at noon on Monday, Jan. 11th!

105 comments:

Julia said...

super cool idea!!!

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

oh wow tricia i love it so much
and would love to win one!!!

Jaclyn said...

What a cute idea!

Marci Dawn said...

soooo cute. spice up this little apartment thats for sure.

red-wren.com said...

Oh what a lovely idea! I didn't like taking all my garlands down and being left with bare walls! This would look awesome on one!

Jocelyn said...

what a super fun idea!

Scrapity Anne said...

Not only is this a simple idea, it's an awesome recycling idea! I'm a magazine addict so this is a perfect idea for me!

Thatgirl said...

Oh, how I love smart people! But, the smart AND crafty I adore the most. This is a wonderful project and I've left a rare blog comment to note such...fingers crossed:)

gina said...

Love it! So cute! I would love to win!

Hugs,
Gina
gina@gigglekidsboutique.com

Free Pretty Things For You said...

i LOVE GARLANDS and Punches!! So PRetty! :)
cant wait to see who wins!
Freeprettythingsforyou@gmail.com

Line said...

What a great & simple idea! I still have not put away all my Xmas decorations, because it's too depressing to be left without anything colorful or glittering... & because I'm overwhelmed by work!
I'd love to win this garland to cheer me up, and also because Sweetheart' s birthday is on Feb. 15!
Have a lovely day!

Karen said...

Really sweet idea!!

devona said...

Wow thats very creative! I never would have thought of sewing them together.

Devona.brackins@gmail.com

Ann said...

Cute idea! I will have to dig out my punch!

Julie said...

How cute! I'm going to have to give this a try.

Julie L

Julie said...

I've posted a link on my blog.

Julie L
http://juliescraftcave.blogspot.com

MissMae said...

This is soooo cute! I need to get a heart punch just so I can make lots of banners that look like this!

missmae 187 at gmail .com

michelle said...

I just stumbled across your blog....you have such wonderful ideas! I need to get a heart punch.

Felicia Palmer said...

Just came across your blog through craftig.com!

Love the hearts!

Jessica said...

LOVE IT!!!

Emma! said...

Darling! I love it. I need to get on the Valentine Decorating bandwagon soon!

emmanemhandmade@gmail.com

http://emmanemhandmade.blogspot.com

O family said...

I would LOVE to win. How cute is it?!?!

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Tiffany said...

I love your garland! I'll cross my fingers!

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Jaeyde said...

Purty! :)

I love the crafts you post... most of them are so simple to construct but beautifully elegant!

amani dot bryant at gmail dot com

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, that is so elegant and gorgeous! You bet I'll be linking!

Kathleen W. said...

That's so pretty! I like how it's translucent a bit, hanging in the window. I've never sewn paper before (gasp!) but you've encouraged me.

Liesl said...

I have followed you for quite some time and am always amazed/impressed with your creativity - and your ability to make something so simple so elegant!

Nichole said...

I love this! I'm bookmarking it to blog about closer to Valentine's day.

Rozi said...

Cool beans! Now I need a jumbo sized heart puncher, all I have are minis...

Tiffany said...

Very cute and eco-friendly.

Love it.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

tiffanyannrosson AT yahoo DOT com

gq man said...

So cute! I would love to win, but will make some of my own too. :) Thanks for the darling idea!

KelleBelle said...

So cute! I think it's time to cull some magazines for pictures! Great idea!

angela | the painted house said...

Reason #379 why I need to get a sewing machine and learn how to sew! Adorable!

Thank you so much for the welcome back comment. I'm excited about being back in the saddle!

Happy new year!

Rebecca or Becca said...

This is great and could be done for all holidays, like clovers for St. Patrick's Day or Eggs for Easter, maybe even different shaped ornaments or lights for Christmas. What about balloons for "ribbon" on plain gift wrap. It's great! Thanks for sharing!
imodat@gmail.com

Kathleen W. said...

Added this to my blog here
http://www.katydidandkid.com/2010/01/weekend-contest-love-19.html

Hopefully you'll get some more takers!

minishoes1 said...

How pretty and great idea! I have the perfect place in my house for it! Thanks!jacquecurl1@gmail.com

ShellyRaeWood said...

Tricia!! This is so cool.....very simple and yet so effective. Thank you for sharing!!

Laura Stewart said...

very cute !

Christine said...

darling and simple idea! now if I could just find time to make one for me! :) christinelarson2@yahoo.com

leslie said...

I just discovered blogs online of fellow crafters-yippee!!! I just snuck out of the garage cleaning project to check if any new ideas are floating around. Must be quick before he notices... I love this idea!

Stacy said...

That's such a cute idea! I just found your blog from howdoesshe.com and I've got it bookmarked to read from top to bottom!

uaxostacy at hotmail dot com

Jessica said...

Missed the giveaway, but love this idea!

Silvia said...

So, so genial!!

Bobo said...

I love the banner. I'm going to have to find that punch!

Suz said...

Wow, I love it. just found your blog!

reane002@umn.edu

sara's art house said...

I LOVE this garland

Rachel said...

I just love it! Valentine's Day decor can be so overdone, but this is beautiful and simple and perfect. Great project!

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

Simply darling! grrrr, I HAVE to learn to sew. ;(

Brass Paperclip said...

Absolutely darling! Love the simplicity. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

Delaina said...

Wonderful! I've got my 6 year old on the prowl through magazines now!

G said...

What a great idea! And it's so easy!

Jessika said...

I love it! I just made a similar one (and posted it on my blog) but I didn't have a paper punch so I had to cut out each heart. It was still worth it. :-)

Tifa said...

That's adory!
tifa333@gmail.com

~debbie said...

I LOVE this, I'm going to make some for my friends for Valentine's Day! So simple but so impactful. Thank you so much for sharing!

~debbie

Liz said...

did you coat the hearts in anything before sewing them together? or laminate them?

Thanks!
Liz

Sandra said...

I love It! caelebsmommy05@yahoo.com

Noel Giger said...

Too late for the contect but still had to post :) http://noelgiger.blogspot.com/2010/01/eco-chic-garland-for-valentines.html

Mandy said...

SO CUTE!

iamwhole@yahoo.com

Infant Bibliophile said...

It's decided. I NEED one of the paper punches. Thanks for the great idea. lmw6600@gmail.com

Jane said...

Thanks for the simple idea. I'm going to make one of these for my classroom!

Sarah said...

Very cute idea! Easy too.

Ellie said...

Recycling and decorating..Love it!!!
Really beautiful~

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Kimberly said...

Such a great idea - I had never thought to use the sewing machine on paper!

craftscafe said...

gorgeous! i may give it a try soon!

Mokihana said...

What a fabulous idea!!! Thank you so much for the how-to and a chance to win one!

dmkirsch said...

Love it! I can make these for my two darling grand daughters and send them for Valentine's day!

Wonderful and simple idea that would fit for a variety of occasions: St. Pat's, Easter, 4th of July, etc.

Great way to recycle all those treasured magazines around the house.

Thanks for sharing!

Graceline said...

My 'Cricut' juices are flowing now and I think with a fancy stitch on my sewing machine I could make something hopefully as pretty as your heart collection.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I'm off to Michaels this afternoon, 40% off coupon in hand, to buy my punch. And I'm a total sewing novice...is there anything I need to know before stitching them up? Do you just keep "sewing", even in the space between each heart?

I LOVE this idea!

Stephanie said...

Very good idea and easy too!

Mary said...

I love it. The house always does look a little sad & barren after we take down the Christmas decorations.

Jolene said...

What a great idea!

lapetitevie said...

Great idea - thanks for sharing!

lapetitevie said...

Linked to it here: http://twitter.com/meet_your_maker

Stark Raving Shannon said...

I thought this garland was so adorable! So, I made two of them. I posted pics on my blog and linked back to yours as well. Thanks for the great idea!!

Sheila said...

So cute!

The Saunders Family said...

this would be perfect for our "sweetheart's" birthday party. She's turning one!

Stacey B said...

That is super cute! I should try this :o)

Aprilini said...

I'm not so sure sewing paper is the greatest way to treat my machine but that won't stop me from whipping one of these up! I wish I had a punch but perhaps irregularly shaped hearts would add a fun element to your garland. Thanks for posting!

`SND said...

What a great project! Loved it and did it myself. I linked to you on my blog with some of my results! Thanks for the ideas.

Katrina said...

That is officially more awesome then I can say. While I'm not into decorating for Valentine's, the project idea is certainly inspiring for other holidays & occasions!

Dina said...

Fabuloso! Where did you get the dye cutter? I'd love to make a bunch of those, maybe in a star shape too.

CIS said...

hey, new to your blog. you have cool stuff! creative!

NotWaving_Drowning said...

I will be trying this to decorate for work... as child abuse investigators we all need a little lift. Thanks for the idea.

Deborah said...

So darling!

Shelley Haganman said...

What a fabulous idea! Love it!

TheresaK said...

Very pretty!~

Sandy a la Mode said...

I'm sad I missed the giveaway, but I just wanted to say that this is such a cute idea! It doesn't look too hard to make either. Thanks for sharing!!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Tricia. I just love this garland. I think I'm going to have to make one for the grandkids.

Thanks for sharing it.
Hugs...Tracy :)

Zoma said...

Hi! I love your heart garland! I work in a library and February is "I Love to Read" month. I'm going to make my heart garland from pages with words to use with one of our displays. Thanks for the idea! :)

Heather said...

That is adorable! Love it!! I just found an entire baggie of hearts I had punched last year, I know what I am going to do with them now!

Sweetie Pie Suite said...

so cute! and who doesn't have stacks of magazines everywhere!
thanks

vitória said...

this is SO amazing!!! beautiful work...

vitoriamonteiro__@hotmail.com

Amy said...

This is an absolutely brilliant idea - I am definitely going to do this! Thanks!

Kimberly said...

so very lovely.. you can never have enough hearts around. this is the perfect valentines project.

katiebug92 said...

love this garland!
featured here on my blog:
http://punkprojects.blogspot.com/2010/02/make-it-monday-valentines-style.html

icandy... said...

This garland is fabulous!!
ox
Christina

Clare said...

I have a very big and ugly gap on my wall. If I can find a sewing machine this is going to fill it!

sunnymama said...

I love this idea and the garland is so pretty! :) I've linked to this post here:
http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2010/02/50-inspiring-links-love-creativity-and_08.html

robbie said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Lucy

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lisa said...

Hi,

I would love to put a link to your blog on my shop. I have this exact paper puncher and I think what you have done with it is amazing ! Good job =)

BTW, if you want to see my paper craft shop, it is

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lisasu

Hope you're OK with the link.


Smile*

Lisa

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Micaela @ The Stationery Boutique said...

It is so so cute!!

simpli mama said...

That is so awesome. I googled Valentine garland because I just took down my Christmas decor and and ready to re-decorate! <3 it!!

Thrifty Cents said...

so cute...and love that you are recyling!