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Dangling Garland Valentines!

By Brenda Ponnay

I’ve been on a bit of a garland kick lately so I decided it might be fun to incorporate my new love of sewing paper into a valentine for Valentine’s Day!

I like to call it the Amazing Expanding Valentine! Mostly because when you lift it out of an envelope it just grows and grows and grows. What fun it would be to receive and then hang up in a dreary winter window, don’t you think?

dangling paper garland valentines

Here’s how you can make them too:

cutting a paper heart

First you need to cut a bunch of hearts. I set up a smorgasbord of hearts in all different colors and sizes and let the kids pick and choose what they would like from the stacks of paper hearts. One by one each child would make her selection and stand beside me while I sewed the hearts together. They all loved this part. Some of the littler ones even sat in my lap.

mother sewing with a child
sewing a paper heart

Of course if you are not the sewing type, you don’t have to sew the hearts together. You could use yarn or string and glue the string between two paper hearts. This would accomplish the same effect, minus the fun of hearing your sewing machine munch through paper.

hanging paper hearts with string

After you have a string of five or six hearts now you can decorate!

decorating paper hearts

Just set out some glitter, glue, sequins, stickers or stamps and let your kids go crazy.

dangling paper heart garland made by children

When they’re done, and the glue has dried, you’ll have a Valentine masterpiece pretty enough to hang or mail off to Grandma!

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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Oh my gosh – Bug looks like a big girl in this picture! They grow so fast! Sigh….


I saw the circles you did for Bug’s birthday and wanted to use hearts instead for my daughter’s birthday in February. I received an unrequested sewing machine for Christmas and am very itimidated! Do you just feed the next heart after the first one or do you need to pin them first like fabric? Is that a silly question?
Brenda says: Just sew them! No pinning needed. 🙂 I even left some stitching between some of them for more dangliness. Others I sewed close together. Feed them in and don’t worry! They’ll turn out great!


Love it! We’re going to have to try that, I know my two boys will find that to be fun, and I want to do some Valentine-y decorating to brighten up the place.


Another awesome craft. I loved your circles too, now hearts would definitely brighten up the winter blues here.


Bug’s shirt matches the craft! How cute!

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This is a great craft for valentine day. great work.


Thanks for the idea. My girls and I had a great time making these. We recycled some hearts my Kindergartner made and took to school for 100 day! We had a fun time making this craft and it really did brighten up our house.