Instead of traditional red and pink Valentine’s Day decorations, this year I wanted to decorate using materials that were more natural, textured, and well, subtle.  Inspired by the natural wool colors in my pom-pom wreath, I decided to DIY this felt heart garland for the fireplace.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

It’s a super easy and inexpensive project (materials cost around $3 for the felt and embroidery floss.  I already had the other materials).

Valentine’s Day felt heart garland

What you’ll need:

  • Felt sheets in a variety of colors.  I got mine at Michael’s for 39 cents per sheet and used three sheets of charcoal gray, three sheets of natural, and one sheet of red.
  • Heart shapes template.  I used the free printable heart set #2 and set #3 from
  • One skein of red embroidery floss
  •  Glue gun and glue
  • 3 yards of worsted weight yarn.  I used Paton’s Classic Wool in natural marle.
  • Sewing pins
  • Embroidery needle


Print out six sheets of the large size heart template (three for the gray and three for the natural felts)  and one sheet of the small heart template (for the red felt). Pin a template sheet to a felt sheet, placing one or two pins through each heart.  Cut out each heart.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

Using the glue gun, glue a small red heart to nine of the natural color hearts.  Using the red embroidery floss, stitch around three of the gray hearts about a 1/4″ from the edge.  Do not separate the floss into an individual strand or the red won’t stand out on the gray background.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

Lay out the hearts prior to stringing them on the yarn.  Starting with a gray heart, order the colors as follows:

  • gray
  • natural with red
  • gray
  • natural

Repeat, randomly placing the three gray hearts with red stitching.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

Using the embroidery floss (again, do not separate the floss) and needle, poke a hole through each heart about 1/4″ below the V.  Pull through about 6″ of floss, cut floss and tie a knot to create a loop.  String each heart onto the yarn.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

Finally, it’s time to hang your garland.  You can use the little 3M removable hooks, but I always use clear packing tape.

Felt Heart Garland: Cobberson & Co.

And you’re finished!  The felt hearts are so cute, and if you want to repurpose them, just take them off the worsted yarn.  They’d be adorable hanging on a Christmas tree or as a tag for wrapping a handmade gift.

Enjoy and happy crafting!

PS.  If hearts aren’t your thing, my Anthro- inspired felt garland would look great in the gray/ natural/ red colorway.


Need a fun Galentine’s / Valentine’s gift? My bestselling Leslie Knope compliments mug can be found in my Etsy shop, and a set of free printable Galentine’s gift tags can be downloaded here.

(Originally published 2/5/14) 


53 Comments on DIY Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Garland

  1. found you from the friday favorites link up party! this garland is so cute 🙂 i love colors and the random stitching.. i still need to finish decorating for valentine's.

  2. I love this! We were thinking about putting up something really quick this weekend for V-day and this looks like something we can do in a few hours. Visiting from SITS link-up – enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Thanks! It's really quick project- I sat and cut the felt out while watching a movie.

      PS. Your DIY page has a lot of great ideas- I'm about to pin a whole bunch <3

  3. Beautiful! I need to try this. I attempted a different garland style last year and it worked ok, but I wasn't thrilled so I pulled it apart. Pinning so I can find it fast later. Also, curious about the hole about your mantel. We have a MASSIVE one in our new house. We don't put our tv up there so I'm still trying to figure out how I want to decorate it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Have a great Sunday. 🙂

    • Hahaha- it is a frame 🙂 It's actually a framed picture of a steam ship that used to hang in my husband's great grandpa's office.

      I'm actually planning on redoing the area over the mantle to have a bunch of varied frames- if you have a big area to cover, this might work for you. I'll see if I can find a good example for you.

  4. I am so glad I found your blog. I am a crafter too, I run a deal site but now that I am taking time off I am so excited to find sites that have great crafts. I love the hearts!! #SITSBlogging

  5. Stopping by from the Comment Love Tribe! This is super cute! I don't have anywhere to hang a garland yet, but I can't wait til I do!Lauren#SITSBlogging

    • Thanks! I love hearts too- have you seen the Drew Barrymore project where she finds hearts in everything? It's really fun. Google it if you have a chance 😀

  6. Oooh, this garland is so cute! I can't sew a lick, but I could totally do this with the materials and a little sewing tape trickery! 😉 #SITSBlogging

  7. This is such a cute craft … and I think I could even do it!

    Nice to meet you through #SITSBlogging!

    Kimberly @ Rhubarb and Honey {}

    • Thanks! The only real sewing is the three red stitched accent hearts. I think you could probably just paint fake stitches on with red paint and it would look cool 😀

    • Mine are hanging on a striped worsted weight yarn, but I LOVE the idea of hanging them on white lights. I think I may try that next year <3

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