I’ve always loved Conversation Hearts. It’s not really about the taste, although I ate my fair share as a kid. I just adore the cute colors and silly messages.
There has been an empty space over my fireplace ever since I took down my Christmas decorations. I’m still trying to find the perfect artwork for the spot, but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do something temporary for Valentine’s Day.
What I came up with was a fun DIY banner incorporating my love of Conversation Hearts!
This banner couldn’t be simpler to make. If you have have kids, make sure to rope them in!
Are you ready to get started?
- Conversation Heart printables (there’s a link to the files at the end of the post)
- hole punch
Start by cutting out your hearts.
I wanted to hang my banner in between two mirrors, and there was a fairly large vertical space to fill. So I decided to hang the Conversation Hearts in three rows. The banner is totally customizable to your space though, so create as many or as few rows as you would like.
Make sure to mix up the colors if your banner will have more than one row. Look at the pictures of the finished banner, and you’ll see what I mean. The end result will be more interesting if all your purple, blue, yellow, etc. hearts do not line up vertically.
After you find a pattern that you like, punch two holes in the top of each heart with your hole punch.
Grab your string next. Measure the spot where you want the banner to hang. In my case, I planned to hang the banner between two mirrors, so I measured that distance and then added a little extra string. Definitely err on the side of too much, rather than too little string, and if your banner will have multiple rows, then you’ll need multiple pieces of string.
Taking your string and a heart, pull the string through the left hole (going over the top of the heart), and the draw it out of the right hole (going behind the heart in between holes). Like so:
Pull the heart to the opposite end of the string, and then repeat the process with your remaining hearts. If your banner will have more than one row, use a separate piece of string for each row and repeat the process.
To finish the banner, I simply tied the ends of the string to the nails behind my mirrors. You can also tape up the banner, depending on where you are hanging it. Then, simply pull the hearts along the string to adjust their position. Voila!
- Use colorful string or ribbon to add even more color to your banner.
- Skip the hole punch and attach the hearts to the string with tape or mini clothespins.
- The hearts also make fun Valentine’s Day cards!
Let me know if you make your own banner. I’d love to see how it turns out!
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
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