This time last year I taught a class on how to make a rustic, wooden LOVE garland. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to share it with you at the time so I wanted to make sure you got it this year!
It is the perfect bunting to hang for Valentine’s Day, a wedding or even to leave up all year long. With its soft pinks and red, it adds a lovely bit of colour in time for the season of loooove.
And… because it is a year late… the pattern to make it is free for my blog readers over at the Recreated Designs Pattern shop. ❤️💗
Painting the Wood Pieces
To make the love garland, you will need 6 pieces of wood that are approximately 4″ wide by 5.5″ high. Alternatively, if you can’t get your hands on wood (or a saw to cut some wood), you can use thick card stock instead.
With each piece of wood, you will need to drill two holes in the top near each corner. It is easiest to do this step now before you paint, so that you can stain the holes and they won’t be a different colour.To make the wood look a little more rustic like barn wood, mix up some Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio (or Shutter Grey with some Typewriter added if you prefer a grey background) and stain each piece of wood. When mixing milk paint as a stain, add one part mix to 3 parts water. Be sure to stain all sides and the holes.Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone, gently paint one side of each wood piece. I like to leave the corners and edges free of the Ironstone (white) paint so that it looks like the paint has been there for years and has worn off.
Adding the Pattern
To create the hearts and LOVE, transfer one letter (or heart) from the LOVE pattern onto each block. You can find the free pattern here…
To transfer the patterns, tape the letter or heart you are working with in place and slip a piece of carbon paper under the pattern (black side down!). Use a pen or pencil to trace around the pattern. The carbon paper will transfer what you trace onto the wood and create a guide for you to paint.Paint each letter or heart using a mix of reds and pinks. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle (red), a mix of Tricycle and Ironstone (pink) and a mix of Tricycle and Arabesque (a different shade of pink). You can mix and play with the reds and pinks any way you like to create colours that speak to you.
Stringing the Garland
When our blocks are all dry, use a thick piece of Hemp Twine to string your blocks together. If you start the twine going from the front to the back (as I did) then the twine will only show between each block.Hanging the garland is easy. Leave a little extra Hemp Twine on each end, fold it over and tie it into a looped knot. You can then use the loops to hang the garland from the corners of something or little nails.
I’m so glad I finally got to share the garland with you and hope that you enjoy it as much as I have!
To get your free LOVE garland pattern, visit the Recreated Designs Pattern shop here and when you add the pattern to your cart, the discount will automatically show up. After you have checked out, it will be delivered to your inbox and you can print it out from there. Have fun ❤️
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