Last night, I cleaned out my art cabinet and came across a bag of red and pink puzzle pieces leftover from my preschool teaching days. I didn't want to throw them away and it is almost Valentine's Day, so....can you stand just one more craft made from stray puzzle pieces?
I really like this one, it is very festive and RED ~ my favorite decorating color! Of course, you could whip this sweet banner up for a wedding and use whatever colors coordinate with the bride's chosen palette. It is very simple to make, although a bit different from the method I have used in the past.
I printed out my letters in Times New Roman and changed the font size to 450. Then I mapped out my puzzle pieces on the letters to make sure I liked the look.
Generally, I glue my pieces to a cardboard shape. However, this time, I wanted the garland to appear airy and light, so I just hot glued the pieces to one another, without a backing. In order to make sure that they did not stick to the paper, I slipped a piece of wax paper over my template so the glue would peel away much easier if stuck.
I gave my finished word a quick coat of decoupage gel when assembled.
While I was waiting for the letters to dry, I grabbed a spool of red thread and some buttons I had leftover from my Christmas Yarn Tree project and started threading. I added the buttons to a doubled up line in no particular order. I simply looped each button, without knotting them on the string until I was happy with the look.
Lastly, I glued my letters to a few buttons on the garland and hung it up with two tacks.
Love banner or garland for your home or event.
I know that I am very partial to red and while I don't generally decorate for Valentine's Day, I'm really happy with the way this one turned out!
Clearly, I have a problem.
I guess it's true what they say, you can take the girl out of the classroom, but...well, you know! ;-)
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For more Valentine Decor ideas you check out this post!