DIY || No-Sew Paper Heart, Star and Raindrop Garlands

February 19, 2015
DIY Heart Garlands

Adapted from an original post on my blog for Brynnstone Studios.

I’ve had a few requests from folks on how I made the heart garland backdrop for Valentine’s Day and the raindrop backdrop for the Spring Minis. So I decided to throw together a quick tutorial for anyone who was interested.


1 – Assorted card-stock in colours of your choice or Foam Sheets I used blues for the raindrops and pink/purples for the hearts. I bought the ones I used at Michaels where they had pre-packaged sets of the colours I needed in 5×7 & 8×10 sizes.

2 – 2-Inch Heart Craft Punch

3 – Small sewing needle (or a sewing machine if you would prefer)

4 – Hot Glue Gun

5 – Thread (white or otherwise)

6 – Extra hot glue sticks and painter’s tape

7 – Large white card-stock or foam board
(optional for clouds)

Step 1: Punch out hearts in card-stock using heart-shaped punch. You can do this by hand but it is tedious and the hearts won’t be all the same shape/size

Step 2: (skip this step if you are making the hearts) Cut hearts in half using scissors to create raindrop shapes. You may have to shape slightly to get nicely rounded edges.

Step 3: Cut lengths of thread (as high as you want the finished product to be plus a little extra) and knot the end.

Step 4: Thread the needle and use it to punch holes through the bottom and top of each of the drops/hearts in order to thread them together

NOTE: you can use a sewing machine if you would like and just sew down the center of the hearts or raindrops. The sewing machine method looks very nice and keeps the hearts in place, but I know not everyone has a sewing machine or likes to use one which is why I am using the needle & thread method for this tutorial

Step 5: Lay out the finished raindrop/heart garland and spread drops/hearts along string until they are at a distance that works for you. Use hot glue on each of the drops/hearts to secure them in place – you do not need to do this but they will tend to slide down the thread if you do not. Alternately, you can tie knots in the thread as you are threading them (step 4), but I found this very tedious.

Step 6: If you are doing the raindrop and wish to make clouds to attach them to, take the large white card-stock and cut into cloud shapes.Step 7: Attach the tops of each of the raindrop garlands to the cloud using hot glue or tape (I used painter’s tape as I wasn’t sure I was going to keep them on the clouds.

End Result:

I also ended up cutting a puddle out of a large piece of blue cardstock and just placing it on the floor.

An example of the hearts in use:

And I also made some star garlands for my son’s Star Wars room:

Everyone who came into the studio commented on these and I loved them so much that I made a version for my daughter’s new room, although to make them more sturdy I used Foam Sheets instead of paper.

Foam Hearts above Brynn's Bed

Foam Hearts above Brynn’s Bed

Decided later on to add two more clouds and more hearts.

Decided later on to add two more clouds and more hearts.

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  • Reply Amanda March 19, 2015 at 1:38 am

    This is so cute! What did you attach the clouds to in order to make them stick out from the wall for the photo?

    • Reply Humanist Homemaker March 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      I made the clouds out of the foam board, and then cut out some squares & a long rectangle out of the remnants and taped them on the back to make a make-shift hanging device. It isn’t pretty, but it works!
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  • Reply Julie Brasher November 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I love this! I’m planning my baby boy baby shower and will be using this as decorations!! Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  • Reply Julie Brasher November 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I love this! I’m planning my baby boy baby shower and will be using this as decorations!! Thanks for this wonderful idea!

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