Pinterest! Oh my, the ideas I discover over there. I fell in love with a Christmas garland made from cards. Knew I had to have one, but Christmas had passed and I couldn’t wait a whole year to make one and display it. So I climbed into the attic and got out the box holding all the cards I’ve received over the years. I pulled out the Valentine cards Old Rhody and I have exchanged for the past twenty-eight years and, using my Cuttlebug machine and Sizzix dies, created a pretty garland complete with loving sentiments.
Here’s a short tutorial of what I did:
Each heart hung on the garland consists of two hearts – a front and a back. The heart for the back side of the garland is cut from the inside of the card as a way of preserving the sentiment. If that portion of the card is only paper, cut another heart from card stock and glue the paper heart to it.
Lay the heart that will show on the front of the garland face down, run adhesive just beneath the notch in the heart, glueing the ribbon in place.
Now, glue on the back – the heart with the sentiment – so the ribbon is sandwiched between the two hearts.
This is a view of the back of the garland as I added hearts, working from the center of the ribbon out to either side.
Here is the back completed.
A couple of close up pictures of the front when completed and hung.
I truly love the fact that these beautiful cards from years past are no longer hidden away in a box in the attic, but are hanging on a garland for me to enjoy. Going through that box of cards brought to light lovely Easter cards and Mother’s Day cards, too. So, yes, there are more garlands in my future. But right now, I have a few Valentine cards left over. Perhaps I’ll make some strings of hearts to hang in the window. Heart strings. Ohhh… that sounds like the name of a blog….