Valentine’s Day is extra special for us because 2 years ago, I went into labor with our fifth child. It was a normal day, as normal as any day can be when you’re 12 days past due. My husband called me around 8 PM, just shortly after I had put our 4 children to bed. He was still at work and asked me how I was doing. I had just started experiencing pain, but after 2 false labors, I was certain the contractions would pass quickly. Apparently, you can go through 4 labor/deliveries and 2 false labors and still not know when you’re in true labor. He finished his route and rushed home because he knew it was time.
So much of that evening is foggy, but he got home, called his mom to come watch the kids and we headed for the midwife’s house. We were there for an hour when our son was born, with just 13 minutes to spare before it became the 15th. We came home early, early that morning and when our kids woke up, they discovered they had a baby brother. Our second daughter, the first one to actually discover him, decided he was her birthday present (her birthday is Feb 12th). Needless to say, February 14th is a special day for more than one reason in our house.
Since we have a birthday right before and one on the day of, I like to keep Valentine’s Day related projects simple. Simple gifts, simple crafts. This year, I wanted to make a special banner. I love banners. I love the idea of cute paper or material (burlap anyone?) with pictures or words on it and hanging from a string. It’s just me. Now, I don’t have banners all over my house (just in case you’re wondering), but when events like birthdays and Valentine’s Day roll around, it’s just kind of natural to hang a banner.
I used what I had on hand, which was old scrapbooking and card making supplies. I used some old cutter templates from Creative Memories but you could make the hearts by hand, purchase a template or maybe use a Cricut if you have one.
Valentine’s Day Banner
To make this banner you’ll need the following:
- 18 paper hearts
- 36 rounded squares
- 36 brads
- glue or double-sided tape
- hole punch
Take two of your squares and glue or tape them together.
You can tape or glue the squares to the heart if you want but I just punched the brads through.
If you have large enough letter stickers, you could use those. Mine were too small so I just wrote the letters in pencil before going over with a marker.
Punch your holes in the top of the heart, about an inch apart. String the hearts (I started with Happy) and tie knots on the ends.
Samantha R says