here), and decided to start with a felt heart garland. Since we were expecting a snow storm last weekend, I stopped off at the craft store on my way home from school on Friday to pick up some supplies.
I love to have a good project to work on while watching a movie or catching up on DVR, so it was a perfect opportunity to play around with my new pinking shears and some pink and white felt.
I wasn't too worried about perfection, I really just planned out which type of heart it would be before cutting them. I wanted some with the pinked edges and some with straight edges, some with both. I made some all one color and most two colors. As I went along, I tried to use each color equally, for both the center and border colors. Again, I didn't feel like it needed to be perfectly scientific, but I did count the times each color was used to ensure balance. In total, I made 16 hearts, but not for any specific reason. Follow your heart (see what I did there?) and make as many as you want.
The next thing to do was to determine what I would string the hearts onto. I have tons of pink bakers' twine leftover from wedding crafting, so I decided to use that. I think there are a few ways to complete this step, and depending on what you are using to hang them on, some ways might work better than others. I had contemplated using some pink polka dot ribbon that I had on hand, but I wondered about the one-sided ribbon laying flat, and how I would attach it. I think hot glue would have worked, but I'm not sure how it would have looked. Let me know if you try it!
I laid the hearts out in the order I wanted to go with, and measured the length of twine I'd need. I used a needle to thread the hearts onto the twine, which seemed to work okay. You'll need a needle with a bigger eye, since the twine is definitely thicker than traditional thread. I ended up using another needle to bend open the eye a bit more, but maybe you have a needle that will work.
Here's what you need to make your own!
-Coloful felt (1 sheet of 4 colors made 16 approximately 3" hearts)
-Scissors (and pinking shears- the kind meant for fabric, not paper- if you want some zigzag edges)
-Needle and embroidery floss (one bundle of floss would certainly be enough for the project, but I chose three different colors for variety)
-Bakers' twine, more embroidery floss, or ribbon for stringing or hanging hearts
- Felt: $1.36 total, $0.34 per sheet (I used 4 sheets)
- Embroidery Floss: $1.20 total, $0.40 per bundle (I bought three)
Total estimated cost of this project: $2.56
Note: I purchased pinking shears for this, but since I will use them for plenty of other projects, I didn't count them toward my cost. I believe that I paid around $10 for them, using a coupon.
Helpful Hint: Use smartphone apps for your craft stores for coupons, and if you're a teacher like me, apply and use a Teacher Rewards Card (both of the craft stores I shop at offer 15% total purchase, every day) It's a great way to save!
I hope you give this a try, and let me know how it goes!