Tutorial : 3D Hearts Garland

With Valentine's just around the corner, it was time for me to get to work on some cute decor! I'm pretty sure I never decorated for holidays like Valentines before Claire was born, but something about having a little girl in the house makes it so much more enjoyable.
This tutorial shows you how to make a
paper garland of 3D hearts!

1. Begin by selecting your paperfor this one, I'm only using two, double-sided papers. You could use as many or as few as you like depending on the look you're going for

2. Create a heart template from paper. I just grabbed a small piece of scrap paper I had, folded it in half and cut out a heart. The heart template doesn't have to be perfect, but you will want all of your hearts to be the same. My heart is about 1.5 inches tall, yours can be any size.

3. Beginning at one side of your paper, fold a crease down your paper, just big enough to trace your heart. Trace heart after heart the entire length of the paper.
4. Cut your hearts out and repeat through your entire sheet of paper
5. Repeat for any other papers you are using until all your hearts are cut out
6. Now to assemble the garland! Stack two hearts on top of each other, and begin stitching along the crease. A little tip : be sure to pull some extra thread through your needle before you begin so you have some on the end for hanging!

7. Continue to feed your hearts through your machine until your garland is as long as you need. I left just about a centimeter between each set of hearts, you can increase or decrease the spacing depending on what you prefer!

8. Once you're done stitching your hearts, pull each of the "sides" apart to create the 3D look, and you're ready to hang your garland!These look great draped, or hanging vertical.
There's just so many options for how you can make these. I kept mine pretty basic, but they could easily be glammed up with glitter and such. Or, let your kids make hearts of their own and string them together for them!
happy heart decorating!