06 February 2014

Valentine's Day: DIY Love Bunting

If you're like me, you want to spread a lil' Valentine love around the house without spending much time or money. Well, here is the project for you.

This is a simple paper bunting made with the following supplies:

         An old book (or at least a few pages from an old book)
         A page or two of bright cardstock
         Mounting squares (tape will probably work, too)
         String or yarn or twine or ribbon
         Paper cutter or ruler

1. From the book, gently pull out the same number of pages as letters in your bunting. Cut those pages to a uniform size (3.75" x 5" for mine). Then, fold a small part (maybe .75 to 1 inch) of one short side of the rectangle over (this is the part that will wrap around the string/yarn/twine/ribbon).

2. Cut out letters from your cardstock. Tip: Cut a strip across the page and use that height for all of the letters to get uniform height.

3. Attach the letters to the book pages with the mounting squares. The fold should be at the top.

4. Cut your string/yarn/twine/ribbon to the desired length. Fold the string in half and attach your middle two letters on either side of the fold, leaving your desired amount of space between letters. To attach, hook the fold of the paper over the string and use mounting squares or tape to secure the paper to itself.

5. Hang your bunting and enjoy!

I thought it was appropriate to hang mine over our wedding photo (taken by Evantide Photography, of course).

If you're a Young House Love reader and feel like you've seen this before, you have! When John and Sherry announced their project at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and called for readers to send love to the kids and families who would be in the room over the holidays, I whipped up one of these and put it in the mail with love from W-ville, WA. I got quite a kick out of seeing it displayed when they did their reveal of the space. Yep, that was my 15 seconds of (nameless) fame.

I hope you're able to find a few minutes to add some Valentine's Day love to your home. If you make one of these buntings, leave a note in the comments so that I can take a look!

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