Monday, February 3, 2020

Valentines Banner DIY-Valloween

Article, photo's and video by Rain San Martin

There is no more effective way to create a festive vibe than to string a banner fit for the occasion. Stroll the isles of a seasonal decor section from your local retailer and your sure to be presented with a variety of choices. However once you have dipped your toes into the creative world of DIY (Do It Yourself) banner crafting, you may never wish to buy a mass manufactured banner again! I first got the idea for these Valloween Banners (also spelled Valoween) from Miranda's post on, then made a version of my own. All you need is a basic assortment of tools which are inexpensive to behold. You'll be able to reuse these for seasons to come whether it be a birthday, Halloween, anniversary, or in this case Valloween. Valloween is a charming Halloween twist on Valentines Day. It's the perfect occasion for a Romantic Goth or Spooky Vintage free-spirited individual to enjoy a spooky whimsical Valentines atmosphere.  Now lets dive into the basic supplies you will need for this project.

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-2 shades of colored card stock, your choice. I used black for the background color and blush pink for the foreground.  5 pieces each to create a series of large strung hearts.  Here you will see the card stock color Black Cat, which I have used for past projects.
-Pencil for outlining your template.
-Scissors for cutting template.
-Optional decorative edge scissors for cutting out your heart shapes. You may use regular scissors as well. I used Fiskars Paper Edgers with a Colonial edge design. Not only are these lovely for a banners embellished edge, these are my most utilized crafting tool for home-made cards.  Here you will see a similar pair in the pattern Majestic.
-Hole puncher.
-Glue stick

Step 1 - Make template

Draw the outline of a half heart with pencil onto white paper folded in half. Cut out template. This will create a mirror effect. Most likely you created valentines with this same technique as a kid! The magic of simplicity.

Step 2 - Cut out background heart

Trace half-heart template onto background color. Cut out half an inch just outside of the traced line with either special edged scissors or regular.

Step 3 - Cut out foreground heart

Repeat step 2.  Cut out heart just inside of the half-heart outline.  You now have a smaller heart which will create a boarder effect when placed on top of the background heart.

Step 4 - Glue hearts together

Use glue stick on backside of foreground and smooth onto background piece.

Step 5 - Punch holes

Use a hole puncher to create 2 holes on valentine. One on each side side near the top.

Repeat steps 2-5 to create a total of 5 large valentines.

Step 6 - Hang hearts on twine.  

Thread twine through the back side of heart, then toward the front until all 5 hearts are threaded through. 

If you haven't seen it already,  you may wish to view my tutorial on YouTube creating this Valentines Banner DIY-Valloween. Be sure to subscribe for weekly videos. 

Have a creative and whimsical week!
Rain 💕


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