We’re going to add some February fun to our homes by learning how to make a Valentine garland with velvet covered hearts and painted wood beads. This velvet covered heart Valentine garland is the perfect bit of cozy to add to your winter home.
HOW TO MAKE A VALENTINE GARLAND with VELVET COVERED HEARTS
Does adding a bit of Valentine decor to your home give you a little pick-me-up during the winter season?
Yes?! Me, too!
Today, let’s take a look at how to make a Valentine garland with velvet-covered hearts… and we’ll add some painted wood beads, just for good measure!
What Is a Pinterest Challenge?
Today is Pinterest Challenge day and 15 bloggers are sharing decor inspiration and projects with you!
The Pinterest Challenge involves our hostess, Cindy from County Road 407, choosing an inspirational photo from Pinterest and/or the Internet, and then blogging-buddies get to replicate the decor or project that is pictured, with our own twist! So fun and interesting, right?!
Cindy, you are a wonderful and gracious hostess! Thank you for putting this together for us!
If you are popping over here from Sweet Pea, welcome! Paula is one of my blogging besties and we actually got to spend a wee bit of time together at Haven this past summer. Paula always has a story to tell about her decor and I love reading about her family history and vintage finds. Don’t you just love her sweetheart garland?
The Inspiration for a DIY Velvet Covered Heart Valentine Garland
This month’s inspiration photo comes from Jenny at Refresh Living. Let’s take a look at what inspired my velvet-covered heart garland:
I love these yarn-covered hearts, so much that last year I made pale pink nes to hang in my living room!
This neutral-toned garland is so farmhouse-style, especially hanging on that pie safe! It’s just lovely!
Since I have quite a bit of experience with velvet decor and crafts, I decided this was a perfect Pinterest Challenge to add some velvet-covered hearts to MWA for Valentine’s Day.
So, for this velvet-covered heart Valentine garland I incorporated MOST of the elements of Jenny’s inspiration photo (be sure to hop on over and check out the whole post at Refresh Living):
- For the yarn-covered hearts, we’re using velvet-covered hearts
- Instead of pom-poms, we’re putting a different farmhouse twist on it and using painted wooden beads
- Jenny hung her garland on a pie safe… mine is hung on my wooden window bench
- We’re using twine to string our elements, though I used cotton twine
- Neutral tones… well, we ARE using gray for one of the bead colors!
And guess what! Unlike my Designer-Style Velvet Pumpkins and my Velvet Easter Eggs, these velvet hearts are a completely NO-SEW project!
Let’s get to it!
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What You’ll Need for your Velvet Valentine Wood Bead Garland
This garland not only uses lovely stretch velvet for covering the hearts, but there is also a farmhouse twist to it using wood beads!
- Paper Mache Hearts (the ones I used are 4-inch… you can find larger ones on Amazon)
- Stretch Velvet Fabric from New Fabrics Daily or Stretch Velvet fabric from Amazon . Cut into 6.5″ x 7″ rectangles (Most online velvet is sold by the yard… you will only need one yard, but will have plenty left for pumpkins and Easter eggs!)
- Organza Ribbon (mine is white)
- Wooden Beads, I used 20mm and 16mm (I used 60 of each to make my long garland)
- DecoArt Acrylic Paint, in your choice of color… I used Gray Sky and mixed a brick color and mauve to get the color I used)
- Cotton Twine (or any twine you like)
- Hot Glue Gun with Gorilla Glue Sticks (these are my fave)
- Beadalon Needles These needles are worth the $4.50! The large eye of the needle makes it easy to thread and the needle goes through just about any size of bead hole.
- Lint Free Cloths
- Small Mixing Sticks (I had these on hand, but they work great for a lot of projects)
- Sewing Needle and white thread (Oh, man! I lied! There IS sewing in this project!)
How to Make a Velvet Covered Heart Valentine Garland
In order to make your velvet heart Valentine garland, you’ll need to do some prep work.
- First, let’s paint some beads! You can get the tutorial for that on my Coastal Wood Bead Garland post.
- While your glue gun is heating, cut your velvet into 6.5″ x 7″ rectangles. For my garland, I did five hearts.
- That’s it for the prep work.
How To Make Velvet Covered Hearts
Covering your paper mache hearts with velvet is pretty easy. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, as the back will not be showing, and if you have folds, it just makes them look like you’ve made stuffed hearts!
- Place your heart in the middle of the fabric with one corner at the top of the heart. (I cut off the loop that was at the top of my hearts)
- “Shoot” some glue on the middle of the heart and bring the top corner of the fabric down on the glue.
- Place more glue on the fabric at the middle of the heart and stretch the bottom corner up to the middle.
- Using the glue where necessary, stretch and fold the velvet around the heart. Where needed, add glue and ‘anchor’ the velvet. Remember this doesn’t need to be perfect.
- Continue to stretch and fold the velvet towards the middle until the back is covered.
- Trim any excess velvet if necessary.
- Congrats! It’s perfect (from the front! 😉 )
Sewing the Ribbon to the Velvet Covered Heart
To hang the velvet hearts from the wood bead garland, add some ribbon to the top of the hearts. (Man, I guess this *isn’t* completely no-sew!)
- Cut the ribbon into 12-14-inch pieces and fold in the middle.
- Tack the folded edge to the middle of the heart (make sure it’s centered)
- Be sure to use white thread. The blue I used ended up showing, but I Photoshopped it away!
The Easiest Way to String Wooden Beads
Here’s a wood bead garland “pro-tip”: using the Beadalon beading needles is amazing! The large needle ‘eye’ is so simple to thread and the needle goes through just about any size bead.
Just don’t hold the needle in your mouth… It really hurts to get your tongue stuck in the eye.
(Yep… I did.)
Tie a loop on the one end of the twine and then thread the other end in the Beadalon needle. Thread your beads onto the twine and then tie a loop at the other end. (If you have a wee bit of slack between the loop and the beads at the end, that’s okay… it work great for hanging the middle of the garland.)
If you want tassels at the ends of your garland, you can see how to make them HERE.
Final Steps for a DIY Velvet Heart Valentine Garland
Now, tie your velvet-covered hearts onto your wood bead garland and hang it on your mantle, bookshelf, windowpane, open shelf, or… your window bench! Go figure!
What do you think of making a bunch of velvet-covered hearts, maybe in the two colors pictured in the supply photo, and placing them in a big white ironstone bowl? Hmmmm… I think I may need to make another Hobby Lobby run!
Adding a white lantern and votive holders with some red candles add some additional ‘understated’ Valentine elements.
Between you and me… I had to take these photos on two different days with one day being overcast and the other very sunny! Can you tell which ones were from which day? #bloggerlife
And just a couple more of the garland… I love the velvet texture, don’t you?
First Day of Home is next on the hop, and Crissy is not only one of my fave bloggers, but she is also one of my dearest friends and a wonderful partner-in-crime! There aren’t too many days that go by that we don’t chat about one thing or another! Be sure to go visit her… You’ll be blessed by her ‘pop-stitch’ heart garland!
Now, it’s time to get all kinds of inspiration from the rest of my friends! Check out all 15 posts by clicking on the thumbnails below!
Now It’s Your Turn!
Okay, now that you’ve learned how to make a Valentine garland with velvet covered hearts, are velvet hearts in your future? What colors are you thinking of using? How/where would you use them? There are SO many possibilities!
Let me know in the comments! I love ‘chatting’ with you there!