Dangling Garland Valentines!
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?
Here’s how you can make them too:
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.
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.
After you have a string of five or six hearts now you can decorate!
Just set out some glitter, glue, sequins, stickers or stamps and let your kids go crazy.
When they’re done, and the glue has dried, you’ll have a masterpiece pretty enough to hang or mail off to Grandma!
Published January 28, 2010. Last updated January 28, 2017.