I love the look of mix and matched materials to create holiday decor. For Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t decide on red or pink, so I decided using both would be a great compromise. Today, I’ll show you how to make your own Valentine’s Day decorations using a variety of materials. You can mix and match to use your favorite color combination and get a look you’ll love.
- White and Red Card Stock
- Red Glitter Card Stock
- Brown Kraft Paper – I used brown lunch sacks
- Washi Tape (I used Poka Dots in red and black)
- Red Curling Ribbon
- White Tissue Paper
- Valentine Art Printable – designed by Jen Goode (yep, that’s me)
- Hole Punch, Printer, Scissors and Glue
The best part about all these Valentine’s Day decorations supplies – you can use the same items to make handmade Valentine cards and matching party decor. Oh how I love multi-purpose creating!
Decide on the colors you want to use. For this example, we’re going to go with red, white, pink, brown and black. Some people will tell you to stick with 3 colors to make a nice combination, but I love using neutrals, so white, black and brown all qualify.
Step 1: First print out the printable art, cut out the pieces and set aside.
Step 2: Cut out the base banner pennants from brown paper. I used two sizes, approximately 3″x5″ and a second at 1.5″x5″. If you’re using brown lunch sacks, you should be able to get about 4 banner pennants from each sack. The narrow pennants are just half the width of the larger size.
Step 3: Next cut out heart shapes from the glitter cardstock. You can use basic red and apply glitter or go glitter free. I like the glitter cardstock because there’s no chance I’ll spill glitter anywhere but I still get the pretty shimmer look.
Step 4: To create the fluffy layered look with the banner, you’ll want to include a layer of tissue paper behind each pennant. Cut strips of tissue paper, each about 3″x5″ in size. To eliminate the creases from folded paper, crinkle up the tissue and then smooth back out. This will also give the paper a little extra “body.”
Step 5: Apply a strip of washi tape near the top of each brown paper pennant. make sure to leave enough tape to fold around to the back of each pennant. This is not only decorative, but will also help strengthen each pennant when you punch the holes.
For extra Valentine’s Day decorations sparkle, add glitter or use more glitter cardstock.
Tip: before stringing the pennants on the ribbon, lay out all the pennants to make sure you like the order they are in. I prefer not to create a precise pattern when making this kind of banner, so a little variation is good.
Step 6: Next, punch 2 holes at the top of each pennant. You can layer about 10 or so pieces of tissue paper together to punch holes quicker.
Step 7: String ribbon through all the pennants and hang .
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Jen Goode is the owner and “doodler in charge,” a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996, developing art for a variety of uses in an array of mediums from handmade crafts to Graphic design and illustration. Jen, a designer member of CHA, is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 who shares her creative inspirations with other moms through her site Projects for Preschoolers and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Jen’s motto is “Inspiring Smiles Every Day.”