Christmas is over, but my crafting nature doesn't rest for long. Since a lot of the Christmas clearance items I am picking up at Michael's are red, I decided to try my hand at some DIY Valentine's Day decor, and came up with this adorable burlap and ribbon Valentine's Day garland. It's super easy to do, and looks cute strung up anywhere.
Burlap (Check your Michael's store for this burlap with gold sparkles, it's $1.74 a roll.)
Sisal rope or other twine like string to hand your garland with.
Fabric ink or paint (I used a red fabric screen printing ink, but any fabric ink or even paint will work.)
Rubber stamps (I picked up these "live" and "laugh stamps for $.50 in the Michael's clearance section)
1. Cut a semi circle shape with a straight back from your burlap fabric. Make it any size you like, and then use it as a guide to cut out several more shapes. I used 12 of these semi circles spaced about 2-3 inches apart in my 6 foot garland.
2. Apply your ink or paint to your chosen rubber stamps and press them firmly onto the burlap shapes. I use a screen printing ink that is the consistency of a thick paint, so I paint it lightly onto the stamp with a foam brush, but you can apply it anyway you like. I did three shapes with the "Live" wording, three with the "Laugh" wording and three with the heart shaped stamp.
3. Use hot glue to attach each of your stamped burlap shapes to your twine or rope. Do this using a thin line of hot glue applied to the flat end of the shapes, with about 2-3 inches left between each shape on the rope.
4. Tie one ribbon a few inches in length on each side of each shape. I used white ribbon with hearts on it on either side of the burlap shapes with a heart on them, and a sheer pink ribbon on either side of the burlap shapes with the words stamped on them.
See, it's easy to make and can dress up any room of the home for Valentine's Day. Changing the stamps used or the color of the ribbons could make this perfect for everyday use as well!