3D Heart Banner

I am such a person who procrastinates works well under pressure. :-)My daughter's birthday is this week and I am in a tizzy trying to get all the preparations made for her party this Friday. She had decided on a Valentine's theme a while back and this weekend she asked me what I've done for the party so far... (cricket, cricket). Yikes...I hadn't done a thing. So, we got to work making a few decorations right away. The first thing we made was this 3D Heart Banner. I was inspired by Alderberry Hill's Fluttering Heart Banner, which is absolutely gorgeous in its pretty tones of pink.
To make my version here's what I used (you'll have to imagine most of the items, as I didn't get a picture of them ): scrapbook paper, heart template, hole punch, ribbon or twine, and a sewing machine.

Start by tracing and cutting out 6 hearts from each piece of paper. If you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette, even better. In this house, my daughter and I were the cutting machines ;-)
Layer your hearts in stacks of 2 or 3, alternating the patterns. Sew down the middle of the hearts, attaching them together.
Once sewn, pull the two sides of the top heart up to create the 3D effect.
Punch small holes in the tops of the heart in the back.
Thread some ribbon or twine across the two holes to string the hearts.
Space out your hearts according to your preference. I ended up having 9 3D hearts on my garland, but you could make yours with 3 stacked hearts each and have a shorter garland of 6.
I hate to waste paper and resources, so we used the scraps to fashion another element for the party decorations. You'll have to come back later to see what we made.

I'm so excited about this garland. We love how it turned out. What's more important is that my sweet girl had a hand in making it too. I love that she is so creative and crafty.

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19 comments:

  1. Love your banner Nici. That was really creative to make it 3D. I do my best work 'under pressure' so I completely understand!

    Debbie

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  2. That is just so cute...love the banner! xx

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  3. I love everything about this! I need to start sewing some paper stuff; it looks so cute and fun.

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  4. Just stopping over from the Lil Luna link party. I love this garland - the colors, the patterns, the fact that it's 3-D. Really pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

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  5. Super cute. I love the bakers twine!!! Pinning:) http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/be-fearless-arianna-huffington.html

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  6. What a great banner and simple too! My kind of project! I'm hosting a loving valentine's day party and I'd love for you to stop by!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2013/02/loving-valentines-day-party-link-up.html

    Happy Thursday!
    Marilyn

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  7. So pretty, love the colors you used. And congrats on the feature at Reasons to Skip the Housework!!!
    Thanks for the mention - so sweet of you.

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  8. This is so darn cute! Hey,I am the "cutting machine" at my house too! I saw your fun tutorial at "No Minimalist Here".

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  9. Now see? That's clever and I've yet to see this being done! I can see how you could change the mood of the banner by what papers you choose, whether it's contemporary or vintage. Great idea and thanks for sharing!

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  10. So sweet! You did a great job! Love it. I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

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  11. What a cute banner! I love that it is sewn and that you can change up the colors. What a fun project! I'll be pinning!

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  12. Hope she has a great birthday! The garland is perfect.:) Thanks for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  13. This turned out so cute! I love incorporating turquoise with Valentine's! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  14. Cute banner and I love the colors!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  15. Oh, my. this is so cute. It could be used all through out the year it's so adorable!
    xo
    lynn

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  16. They turned out great! I love them. Pinning this.

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  17. Love it!

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured.

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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