Before blogging, I never decorated for Valentine's Day. I taught kindergarten and first grade for years before the kids were born. Then when they started preschool, so did I. I taught a four year old class until my youngest went to kindergarten.
So I was used to decorating bulletin boards, hallways and doing crafts with the kids during centers. Heck, my puzzle piece ornaments, frames and banner come straight out of my plan book, but dressing my home for every special day on the calendar?
Not so much.
Well, except for Christmas...I've always loved decorating for Christmas.
But Valentine's Day or Halloween? Not really.
When the kids were little, I used to let them put up a few of those vinyl cling hearts on the kitchen windows, but that was the extent of it. I was never a big fan of the vinyl cling, mainly because they didn't. They always ended up on the floor when the heat went on, but the kids begged, they were easy for them to use and it wasn't worth the fight...but once the day was done, so were those clings.
I just wanted my normal decor back.
It was blogging that helped me rediscover my love of crafty holiday decorating and the rest is history.
This year's banner is made from card stock gift tags, letters and paper hearts. It's simple, but super sweet.
I started with a package of gift tags from my stash. They came with a long piece of twine that could be cut up to affix the tags to a package or bag. That was the base for my banner.
Now, I had the letters on hand, but they are not necessary. The word/ phrase/ letters you choose could also be created with stamps or stencils. You can hand paint them, use one of those fancy cut out machines or even print them on the tags. The choice is yours.
Like I said, since I had the letters and they were the perfect colors for Valentine's Day, I went with it. I used my hot glue gun to stick them to the tags.
Of course, when I added them to the twine, they did not behave. This look does not work for a banner.
So I simply added another few drops of glue to the twine and tag to keep them properly spaced out and facing front.
To finish it off, I added two hearts, cut from red cardstock. That's it, that's all it took to create this easy Valentine's Day Banner.
Now my home looks super festive for the holiday and there's not a vinyl cling in sight.
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