Valentine’s Day is one of my top three favorite holidays. When my sister and I were kids, my mom would decorate the house with paper hearts and doilies and put together little baskets filled with red, white, and pink Valentines treats. I tend to think it is one of those holidays where handmade decorations are best. You can find some cute things at different stores, but you can’t beat something made from the heart on a holiday that celebrates love. I wanted to make something with fabric or yarn this year and since I still haven’t leaned how to sew, I went with some simple yarn hearts using plastic darning needles and paper.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic darning needles (children’s sewing needles would work too)
- Light weight card stock paper
- Glitter letters with adhesive back
- Scissors or paper cutter
Create a heart template by folding a piece of card stock and cutting out the heart shape. Using a ruler, make tick marks in 1/4″ inch increments up both sides of the heart. Cut the remaining card stock into 6″ x 6″ squares. Use your template to trace the heart shape and tick marks on the center of each square.
Thread your needle and begin at the bottom of the heart by bringing the needle up through one hole and across to the other side. Then move to the hole directly above and cross over again. Repeat this process until your heart is complete. It’s much easier if you make starter holes where your tick marks are beforehand so there is less resistance from the paper.
The paper I used is a light gray which looks great in person but is a little harder to capture the contrasting pink yarn in photos. I still have boxes of gray card stock leftover from my wedding so I try to use it whenever I can. If you’re going to use a light pink yarn like I did, I might suggest going a little darker with your paper color so the hearts really pop.
The hearts are cute enough on their own that they really dont need embellishing, but if you want to add a Valentines message, the letters that have adhesive backing stick easily to the yarn. After all your hearts are finished, simply string up your hearts and you’re done!