Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Crafts: Heart Garland Tutorial

Be Our Guest....Replay 1

Over a year ago I had a series of tutorials by other bloggers which I hosted on Mercantile Muse. The series was appropriately titled 'Be Our Guest'. My very first guest was Kristen from Milo and Molly (which was then known as By The Book Paper....Kristen has expanded her shop to include much more than paper now). Kristen is one of the first blogging pals I made. I'm not even sure how we met. If I had to give you an answer, I'd say through the etsy blogging team, but it's so long ago I can't be sure I'm right.  This much I know, we have a few things in common. We both live in New England, neither of us are 'morning' people, we drink copious amounts of tea, we both say Supper (or Suppa), and we both like crafts.

Well being the smart gal she is, Kristen had the idea to share the garland heart tutorial on Milo and Molly for holiday crafting, and I thought 'What a great idea!". So I'm doing the same. I've gone into the Mercantile Muse vault and pulled this keeper out for you all to try.  Be sure to keep a look out, because there will also be a couple of other tutorials form the vault that Kristen and I will be cross posting on Milo and Molly and Mercantile Muse. ( about a smidge of aliteration at the end of that sentence...I was going to say a little aliteration but thought it might be a bit over the top.)

What I really like about Kristen's Heart Garland Tutorial is that you can change it up for different times of the year. By all means, feel free to use paper with a Christmas or Hannukah theme or the colors you're using in your holiday decorating this year. Kristen!

milo and molly

A little bit about our guest poster:

MMuse: What’s the first thing you ever made? And how old where you?
Kristen: I have been making things for as long as I can remember.  I have made my way through all kinds of mediums- crayons, markers, paint, clay, yarn, beads.  You name it, I tried it.  My favorite has been cross stitch, of which I have completed many large patterns.  I haven’t had a lot of time to do any lately, but I’d love to just sit back and relax and sew for awhile.
MMuse: What are you creating now?
Kristen: I currently make all kinds of paper goods for my shop- magnetic and classic bookmarks, note cards, garlands and ornaments, bookplates, and so on-, and I just started to add some fabric items as well to help with a slight fabric addiction that I’m developing.  I’ve got some burp cloths and diaper straps in the shop, and I’ve got a few scarves and other things in the works.
MMuse:What’s the most important thing about ‘creating’ to you?
Kristen: That the end product looks like how I envisioned it and that I’m pleased with how it turned out.  If I’m not pleased with the results, I’m likely to edit, tweak, and sometimes scrap it until I’m happy!
MMuse: What are your favorite materials to work with?
Kristen: Lots of pretty, lovely paper and all the goodies that come with it (punches, stamps, etc.), and fabric. I’ve always been into fabric, but I’ve never really taken the time to learn how to deal with it properly, so I’m trying to work on that now. (NOTE: Kristen has definitely been working on it....check out her shop now. You'll also find Kristen's new fabric work among the prizes in the Mercantile Muse December Giveaway .....LOVE that key chain.)
MMuse: Where do you live? How long have you lived there? Why do you live there? What’s the best thing about where you live?
Kristen: I live in Connecticut and have lived here all my life in various towns. We live here because I haven’t lived anywhere else and had a panic attack when my husband (a Texas native) suggested we move to Houston. Right now his job is here, so we’re here for awhile, but I’m becoming more open to the idea of moving out of state if we need to!  The best thing about living here is that we truly have four seasons and they are long enough to enjoy each one of them.  I really love the change of weather and the activities each one brings. That and I have a lot of family here, so it’s nice to get to see them pretty regularly.
Kristen of Milo & Molly Paper Heart Garland Tutorial

Hi everyone (that's Kristen, waving madly to you all)!  Today I'm going to show you how to construct this heart garland, which can be made for any season.  Each garland has five hearts, but you can certainly do more or less depending on the space you have.

Cute, right? (that's me saying that, Kristen isn't that boastful)

For this project you will need:

  • Two 1.5 x 12-inch strips, two 1.5 x 8-inch strips, and one 1.5 x 6-inch strip of coordinating quality cardstock or double-sided scrapbook paper*, per heart

  • Ribbon at least 1/2-inch wide and 48 inches long
*Double-sided scrapbook paper works best, since both sides of the paper show.  If you use single sided paper, you will need to glue two strips of paper together so each side has a pattern showing (if you use a patterned paper).

  • Hole punch, preferably 1/8 inch
  • Stapler
  • Ruler or measuring tape

To construct hearts:

Starting with the shortest strip, take the two long strips and sandwich the short strip between them with the pattern you want showing facing in and upside-down. If this sounds confusing, bend the top of the long strip down to the bottom of the strip and see what side is showing out.  The pattern you want should be showing and when bent should be right side up.  If it is not, turn the strip so it will look the way you would like.  Do the same with the medium strips, one on either side, so that in your hand you have a stack that goes: medium, long, short, long, medium.

Bend one of the medium strips down so the top of it aligns with the bottom.  Do the same with the long strip next to it.  That should construct one side of the heart. 

Holding those, do the same on the other side, bending both strips so the tops meet the bottom. 

Make sure all of the edges are lined up flush at the bottom and staple about 1/4- inch from the bottom. 

Punch a hole at the top of the short strip about 1/4-inch from the top.

Set aside.  Repeat this process for any other hearts you're making.

To assemble the garland:

Decide in what order you want your hearts to hang on the ribbon.  Measure about 6-8 inches from the end of the ribbon.  Tie a knot in the ribbon at that mark.  This knot will hold your first heart in place.  Rolling up the ribbon to fit it through the hole in the heart, slide one heart onto the ribbon and push it all the way to the knot. 

(see the knots on either side of each hole? that's what you're doing so the hearts stay in place once strung as garland)

Tie another knot on the other side of the paper strip as close as you can to the paper strip to secure the heart in place.  This will keep it from sliding around.

Measure 6 inches from the second knot you made in the ribbon.  Tie a third knot at that point.  This knot will hold your second heart in place.  Like the first, slide the heart onto the ribbon and tie a fourth knot to secure the heart in place.  Repeat these steps for each heart, measuring 6 inches between each heart.

Trim the ends of the ribbon so they are equal lengths from the end knots.  This will ensure that the garland hangs more evenly.

(Look how cute this is when using patterned paper....or even coordinating colors for specific holidays or occasions. Again, that's me commenting here, not Kristen)

There you have it!  This is a fun family project that can be completed in a short amount of time.  Have fun playing with different color schemes in different seasons! 

And, I (yup, it's me again..........Pam) would love it if you checked out Kristen's links below, just to say thanks to her for taking the time to share her 'how to make a paper heart garland' tutorial with Mercantile Muse followers.  You guys are the best! Of course, Kristen is pretty high up on my list too.  Thanks Kristen!

Check out Kristen's links:
Kristen's Etsy shop: miloandmolly  
Kristen's blog: miloandmoly
Kristen on Twitter
Kristen on Pinterest
You'll also find me on Pinterest now too.  If you're looking for me there, this is where you'll find me

Mark your calendars. Same time, same place, next week. I'll be sharing one of my own crafty little tutorials.  

If any of you have at it, and make your own version of the heart garlands, we'd love to see. Share some pics!

One more thing. You know that December Giveaway I mentioned above? Well, it launched yesterday and I wouldn't want you to miss it. It's so awesome, it's ridiculous. Really. $215 in prizes. Go. Enter. Now. I don't mean to be bossy or anything, but go already!

As always, thanks for being here-


  1. I love all of Kristen's stuff! She rocks:)

  2. Thanks for having me over again, Pam! The interview makes me laugh!

  3. I love the look of these and they seem so easy to make!

    1. right Kate? kristen makes it SO doable. Really versatile tutorial and could look completely different with a variety of papers.


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