We love using garlands to decorate for the holidays! They are an easy way to add a colorful, festive touch for any occasion…and we try to make ours as simple as possible so that they are worth making rather than buying. This Valentine’s Day we were inspired to add a pop of pastel color to our homes with a fun candy heart garland and an ombré pom pom garland.
Candy Heart Garland
Most of us grew up with the pastel candy conversation hearts, and even though they weren’t our favorite Valentine’s candy, we still get nostalgic every year when we see them. This year we decided to create a candy heart garland using our Candy Heart Garland template and a few alphabet stamps. This garland is so colorful and is a really fun way to decorate for Valentine’s Day.
- Several sheets of pastel colored card stock
- Red stamping ink
- Small alphabet rubber stamps
- Baker’s twine
- Hole punch
Start by printing the Candy Heart Garland template onto several sheets of pastel colored card stock. Using scissors, cut out each heart. Next, use the red stamping ink and rubber alphabet stamps to create valentine’s phrases on each heart. We stuck to classic phrases like “kiss me”, “be mine” and “xoxo”, but have a little fun creating your own! To finish the garland, we punched two holes at the top of each heart and strung them on the bakers twine.
Ombré Pom Pom Garland
In case you haven’t noticed by our Valentine’s Day decor from last week, we are in love with anything ombré…and any type of DIY pom pom! Why not combine the two into an ombré pom pom garland! Pom poms are incredibly easy, and inexpensive to make so creating this garland was a no-brainer.
- 1 skein of dark pink yarn, 1 skein of medium pink yarn, 1 skein of light pink yarn and 1 skein of white yarn
- Pop pom maker (this is optional, you can also use your hand to make pom poms, the same way we did for our DIY pom pom beach bag).
Using the dark pink skein of yarn, make 3-4 large pom poms. Leave the ends of yarn you used to tie off the pom poms long, but trim the rest of the pom pom fringe so that your pom poms have a nice round shape. If you are using a pom pom maker, follow the instructions included with the tool. If you don’t have a pom pom maker, you can refer to our DIY pom pom article. In our article we used our hands, which makes the perfect size pom pom for this garland.
Next, make the same number of white pom poms as dark pink pom poms. Finally, make twice as many medium pink and light pink poms poms as you made of the dark pink pom poms. Now you’re ready to start stringing them for your garland!
Cut a long length of light pink yarn, the length you would like your garland to be. Then, using the long ends of yarn on each pom pom, begin to tie the pom poms to the light pink length of yarn. To create an ombré effect, start with a dark pink pom pom, then tie a medium pink pom pom a few inches away from it, then a light pink, then a white. Then place a light pink pom pom on the string next to the white, then a medium pink, then a dark pink, and so on until you have used all your pom poms to create the ombré garland.
Ashley + Hallman