Feb 1, 2012

Valentine's Day Heart Banner

It's February 1st... time for more Valentine heart decorations!  This week we added a little more pink to the mantel with hearts made from yarn.  We made these hearts last year here (after seeing them in Family Fun magazine), but since we're in a new house I thought we'd make a few more and string them across the mantel.

Heart Garland

To start, we cut several one foot pieces of yarn...

Heart Yarn

Heart Yarn

After the yarn was cut, I mixed one cup of water and a 1/2 cup of cornstarch until the powder was dissolved, then heated the mixture over the stove until it became glue-like.  I let the mixture cool, then scooped it in a bowl.... then began to form hearts!

Next, I placed a heart shaped cookie-cutter on the shiny side of parchment paper, dipped a piece of yarn in the glue mixture, then removed any excess glue from the yarn.  I put the yarn inside the cookie cutter and pushed the yarn toward the edges to form a heart outline.

Yarn Heart

We used anywhere from five to ten pieces of string per heart.  Once the hearts were formed, we removed the cookie cutter and let the hearts air-dry overnight.  For complete, detailed directions visit Family Fun magazine for instructions.

Heart Yarn

By the morning, the hearts were hard and ready to be made into a banner.   I cut a piece of yarn that was long enough to string across the width of the mantel above the fireplace, then I weaved the yarn through the hearts to make a banner....

Yarn Heart

After adding a few hearts, I strung the banner across the fireplace and discreetly taped the yarn to the top of the mantel to keep it in place.....

Heart Garland

Heart Garland

Heart Garland

And, here's a wide view of the fireplace, part of the entry way (and new Valentine's Day banner)!

Heart Garland

The heart banner is a fun project, especially with the kids!

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