Friday, January 17, 2014

Valentine's Catalog Heart Garland

Valentine's Day is coming up!  I know a lot of us decorate for such occasions, and really...between Christmas and Spring, there isn't much else to decorate for.  That's why my hearts are going up in January.


If you're like me, you probably have a lot of old magazines or outdated catalogs lying around.  My hoarding issue comes to all the Pottery Barn catalogs...just because they are so pretty I can't throw them away.  Luckily, I found good use for some of their pages in my Valentine's decor this year!

What's so great about using catalogs (especially from Pottery Barn or another decoration type magazine) is the wonderful colors and patterns.  Many of my cutouts came from the bed and bath catalogs, so the patterns are pretty big and soft looking.  


First, go through your catalogs and magazines that you don't want anymore and rip out all the red and pink (or other color of your choice) pages.  Have scissors, invisible tape, and fishing line or other clear or white string on hand.  


Fold your paper like you're in kindergarten and cut out hearts of many shapes and sizes on the fold, being careful to stay on large patterns of the color you want.  Your hearts can overlap on multiple patterns for unique looks.

Once you have your hearts cut out, arrange them on the string and tape them down.  If the back had writing or didn't fit the color scheme I wanted, I would cut out another heart the same shape and size to tape on the back, as they tend to spin around.


Keep taping various shapes and sizes until you have the length you want.

Then the last step is hanging them somewhere in your home!  I chose to hang them under the kitchen pass through window where I have a few other Valentine's decorations.






This was a really quick project, and I've enjoyed seeing my hearts spinning all day!  Plus, you can't beat patterns out of Pottery Barn catalogs!


See HERE how we use our old Valentine's Day cards from each other as decorations!

30 comments:

  1. What a cute and easy DIY! I have tons of magazines saved up at home to work on a vision board, but I don't usually use red/pink images from the mags. Thanks for giving me a great weekend project :)

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  2. That's such a cute idea!!! I love that you used magazines! :-)

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    1. Thanks girl! I keep way too many PB catalogs around here!

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  3. That turned out so great! I think I'll need to start saving all our recycling so that next time you have a craft up here I can have the materials! Seriously, I love how you don't buy endless supplies but make cute things :)

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    1. Haha, I probably keep way too much stuff! Sometimes I end up using some of it, other times I ask myself why I've been saving -fill in the blank- and throw it all away! haha I'm glad you feel inspired though! :)

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  4. Very cute and clever!! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back on Thursday.

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  5. What a cute Heart Decor. Perfect for Valentines! It's a great idea re-using old magazines. Now my mind is thinking of doing this in our room:)

    Thanks for sharing at Pin It Monday Hop.

    Judy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judy! Hope it turns out great if you decide to do it! :)

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  6. Really cute!!

    Thanks for linking up to Fluster's Creative Muster Party!! I am co hosting this week!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  7. Love your valentine garland. Especially since you used magazines. I have way too many magazines that I hate to get rid of. Now I know what to do with them.
    Have a great weekend,
    Bev

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    1. I know how you feel...its so hard to get rid of something beautiful! :) Hope your project turns out great!

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  8. I love anything that invovles recycling, reusing etc. This is such a lovely idea, I can imagine them at the window in a girls bedroom.

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    1. I love making cute things without having to go buy something! haha (The stinginess is where I get my creativity I guess). And...YES! I think this would be ADORABLE in a little girl's window! I think I've seen where they can use crayons on wax paper too, and then it would be somewhat translucent, which would also be cute!

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  9. Visiting from Craft Frenzy Friday. Love this recycle project - have pinned. :)

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  10. Very cute! I love the patchwork hearts:)

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  11. Thank you so much for linking up this post at The Weekend re-Treat Link Party on The Best Blog Recipes this week! Wanted to stop by and pin your post to our Party Boards :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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    1. Well thanks for stopping by, and for the Pinterest love, Shauna! Have a great week!

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  12. Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday!!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

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  13. Cute :)
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month. Your Valentine's Tutorial will be a feature on Wednesday 29 January 2014.
    I look forward to seeing you again in the next month's linky.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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    1. Thanks for the feature and for stopping by - much appreciated! :)

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  14. Such a cute idea! Great magazines to choose from too! :) Thanks for linking up at "Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party" I hope we will see you again tonight!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Anything but to simply trash or recycle beautifully printed pages! :)

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