I am starting to feel the love in the air & love all the Valentine’s Day decor that is out! Since becoming a mother and having my own home I have really gotten into decorating for each holiday. My kids love to see the different decorations for each holiday and Valentine’s Day is no exception.
However, decorating can quickly become expensive. With the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2 I am able to make my own decorations at a more affordable price not to mention taking the time to craft is truly therapeutic. I decided to make a small Valentine’s Day Garland. As much as I love the pinks and red this season I am loving adding a few other colors as well. I got the inspiration for the color scheme from a few Dollar Spot items I picked up from Target last year. My 3 year old had such a fun time helping me put together this simple garland and has even requested to be my helper on more crafts
- Cardstock ( I used a lot of scraps from my cut leftovers to save $)
- Standard Grip Mat (the green one)
- Pom Pom Maker (optional)
- Glue sticks
Valentine’s Day Envelope Garland Design
I used fonts and images from Design Space. You are always welcome to use my designs or browse their selection and change them up a bit to fit your own vision.
I made to color coordinate everything that I wanted the same color making it easy to cut. Cricut does a great job of pairing images or lettering of the same color to save you time and cut them all at once. It’s okay if the colors don’t match exactly to your card stock. I made everything I wanted a teal blueish color blue, all reds were red, and the yellow was yellow, etc. However, the grey I used as representation of my polka dot card stock.
You can change the color of something by clicking on it in the right hand sidebar and then selecting the color from the color drop down menu right next to cut.
Once you have selected the colors you are ready to cut. Your Cricut machine will tell you which colors will go first and have all images ready for you. From the dial select the cardstock setting so your machine knows how much pressure to use.
Now you can place the paper on the mat and load the mat into your machine. When your machine is ready to cut the flashing Cricut button will alert you. When one color is done you will unload your mat and either put in another mat with the next color to be cut or clear the current mat you used and replace with the next color.
When you are done cutting all your shapes you can go ahead and glue your envelopes together. I did not close down the top flap until I put it on the yarn it would hang by. I simply closed the sides and added any images to them.
After piecing together my envelopes I then made my pompoms. I choose the blue one which in this case is the 1.4inch pompom size. You can find how to use it HERE !
With my pom poms made I went ahead and cut my yarn and placed my envelopes where I want them. I then glued the yarn to the inside of the crease and closed the envelope. I made some measurements to find out where halfway was between my 2 envelopes and would then tie in the pom poms.
I used materials I already owned which was my favorite part- creating with what I already have! Yay for saving money! Now enjoy!