With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to infuse a touch of handmade love into your home.
In today’s project, we’ll craft a beautiful Heart Garland using your Cricut machine and standard 12×12 cardstock. I’ll even show you exactly how to use up those cardstock scraps!
I designed the SVGs so that the hearts are of various shapes and sizes, as they would be if you were cutting them out by hand. (But that would be WAY too much work!)
First, go on over to the Free Files Folder and download design # 140 – Heart Garland SVG.
There are two SVGs in the free download.
One has 36 hearts on it, which includes 8 heart outlines and 28 solid hearts.
To cut these out of a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, simply click on the Attach button. Easy-peasy!
The small holes might not quite cut all the way through, especially on glitter paper, but it’s easy to poke them through when stringing the garland.
No cardstock waste here!
The second free SVG has 28 hearts on it, with 10 outlines and 18 solid hearts.
Highlight the group and click on Attach.
64 hearts are ready to cut!
As you probably know, I enjoy all things glitter and metallic….. just look at this pretty metallic cardstock!
I cut out quite a few sheets because I’m making garlands to decorate my Christmas tree.
Want to use up some of those scraps?
Place your scraps on the mat. I find that scraps slide around a lot more, so tape them down if needed.
Place the SVG in the corner, at .25 inch away from both sides. This is exactly how your Cricut will cut on the paper.
Ungroup the SVG.
Look at the paper on your mat. Using the guidelines on the mat and on the screen, delete the hearts where there’s no paper. Move and resize the hearts as needed.
For the double hearts, it’s easiest to Attach them before you move them around.
Squish the hearts! I like the more random look, which is why there are several different shapes of hearts.
When you’re finished, select all of the hearts and check the size.
It’s small, but here the height is 11.516 inches. Anything over 11.5 will not cut; you’ll get the “image is too large” error.
Luckily, it’s very simple to fix that. I simply bumped up the bottom heart a little bit.
It’s all good now!
Select all of the hearts and Attach them. You’re ready to cut your mat with the scraps now.
How to string the Valentine’s Day heart garland
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Thread your needle and start stringing!
I prefer to have the string behind the center of the heart, but it really doesn’t matter. My 8-year-old enjoyed putting a heart upside-down every once in a while.
You can use ribbon too; you need to pull it through the holes with a bit more force though so I don’t recommend it if strength is a concern.