DIY: Upcycled Paper Heart Garland

DIY: Upcycled Paper Heart Garland

The world would be such a better place if people were doing more of what they love, than what they “get by” doing. I love UPCYCLING! (Using goods or used materials to produce something new….while saving the environment.)

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Today’s DIY project was done in February, but since it’s still hanging on my wall in my entranceway to my house, I figured I’d post about it on my blog. For this particular project, I found an old copy of EAT, PRAY, LOVE (my favorite book) at a local thrift shop!

Materials:

Sewing Machine

Any old, used book (I get lots at Thrift Shops for $1 each!)

Heart Paper Punch (I used large and small hearts)

White Thread

Scissors

Tree branch

Red Twine

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Step ONE: (140 hearts: 60 large & 80 small)

Pull pages out of the book and start punching out the paper hearts. I rotated the paper so the writing on the hearts were not just horizontal on all the hearts. Look for fun words or phrases (and also beware of “bad words” as well!!) I punched out 140 hearts (5 strands total, 3 Large strands with 20 on each, and 2 small strands with 40 on each.)

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Step TWO:

Begin sewing the hearts together. Starting at the top of each heart, sew a vertical line down the center, and adding about one inch between each large heart and about 1/4 inch between each smaller heart.  Remember to leave a long enough ‘tail’ before and after each strand to tie onto branch. (Paper is pretty fragile, be careful when sewing, and use a longer stitch as to not tear the paper apart).

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Step THREE:

Tie your RED twine (or jute) onto a branch to hang on the wall.  Then begin adding your 5 strands of hearts. Start in the middle then work outwards, to keep them evenly spaced out.

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As you can see I alternated my Large and Small hearts.

That’s it!
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I don’t have the ‘heart’ to take it down yet!!! So, it stays….

Tip: You can choose any shape to do this: hearts, circles, stars, moons, arrows or make your own! Be creative!

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