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Valentine’s Day DIY Project + A Cocktail

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Feb. 14th. A day to celebrate your love … and your love of DIY? Just might be with this blog inspiration.

Whether you’re having an all-out Valentine’s Day soiree or just looking to craft a wedding project with your sweetie, we have a fun DIY project proposal we wanted to share.

The best part? It’s super simple & something you more than likely put together with stuff you have laying around (If twine & washi tape are your things, that is!).

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Paper Heart Garland

Materials

  • Twine
  • Washi tape in different varieties
  • Scissors
  • Colored sheets of paper (We chose pink, red, white, black & blue)
  • Chalkboard markers
  • Safety pin
  • Scotch tape
  • Optional: Pen/Notebook
  • Optional: Heart pattern

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Cost

  • No out-of-pocket expenses; all supplies on hand
  • If supplies are needed, twine, chalk markers & colored paper costs will be minimal. Washi tape tends to retail at $4-6 per roll.

Time 45 minutes to an hour

Directions

1. After you have your supplies laid out, your first task will be to figure out what you want your garland to look like. We knew if we got too far into the process we’d forget the ideas we originally had, so we went ahead and drew them out before diving in.

*We highly recommend varying up the sizes of your hearts — three sizes seemed to work out perfectly* ValentinesDIY5

2. Once you’ve got your ideas in place, you can start cutting! While we freehanded ours, to save time and get a cleaner look, we would recommend trying out the fold your paper/cut half a heart & unfold method or you can use a heart printable as your mold. ValentinesDIY6

3. Now start adding design elements & writing on your hearts …

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The “hearts on hearts” look — ValentinesDIY11

The Cupid’s Arrow look —

To get this look: Put one longer strip of washi tape diagonally across your heart. Then use four pieces of varying lengths to create your arrow — starting with the longest piece at the bottom. To finish, take about three inches of tape & cut it in half horizontally to create two skinny pieces — cut about 1/4 from each tape strip off for your bottom two arrow pieces; place the remaining longer pieces above. ValentinesDIY20ValentinesDIY17

4. Phew! Now that you’ve finished your hearts (the hard part), we can get to the easy stuff. Take your safety pin and punch holes at the top of each side of all your hearts.

5. Lay out your hearts in the order that you’d like to string them & then begin threading your twine through.

6. Use tape to hang & then admire your work!

Note: While this does make for great seasonal decor, we also loved the idea of utilizing it for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner in. (Because who wants to compete with the V-Day crowds anyways?!)

To complete the look, just add flowers, candles, some cocktails & maybe a few cozy pillows. Voila! Date. Night. Made.

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Need a fun cocktail recipe for the big night? Don’t worry: We’ve got you covered there, too!

STRAWBERRY BLONDE 

Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 2 ounces cherry brandy
  • Fill with cola
  • Add a dash of cream

Directions

Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, and shake gently to mix. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a strawberry (oh, and cute paper straws!).

Recipe courtesy of mixthatdrink.com. Click here for more Valentine’s-inspired drink recipes.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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