Friday, February 1, 2013

Chevron Paper Garland {and Valentine Mantel}

There are so many beautiful colors of paper these days. Earlier this week, I gathered a gorgeous selection from a local scrapbook store to match my heart canvas art. I had this idea in my head to make some pretty hanging garlands that would flutter and spin around. I wanted to incorporate a geometric pattern, and settled on a V-shape {chevron} design. The finished effect is even better than I imagined...

When I finished hanging them up, I moved my gold glass candles underneath to make them look like paper trees. What do you think? They kind of look like hearts, or even a cupid's arrow! I'm loving the combo of gold, coral, pink and gray.




Making these chevron paper garlands was really fun. I can't take my eyes of them either... they spin and twist and they're just so pretty! For the step-by-step tutorial, keep reading...


I started out with this lovely paper... and my Fiskars paper trimmer.


I folded my paper towards the middle, and cut it down the center {I was left with two 6"x12" pieces, folded in half.} Then I started cutting out my chevrons. I placed the paper at an angle and lined it up with the top corner {on the fold} and cut down at an angle. To make my next cut, I slid the paper over and lined it up with the edge of my paper trimmer. This gave me about a 2" wide chevron {V} piece.

{optional:} I alternated and cut some of the pieces about half an inch smaller so I'd have a variety of widths. 

Then I laid out my pieces to create the color pattern and sewed them together on my sewing machine. I left about a 3/4 inch gap between pieces as I sewed them together. {Make sure to leave enough thread at the top so you have enough to hang up your garland.}


Once my chevron garlands were complete, I hung them from the hooks in my ceiling... {they come in very handy for mantel decor!} I added my heart canvas art, and a framed card I got in an 8-pack for $1. I added a gold glitter heart to the outside of the frame for a little extra sparkle :)



A little nod to last year's mantel.... a stack of Love Letters.



With the leftover paper scraps, I made another little project I'll share soon. I'm loving this burst of color in my living room! I may just leave them up after Valentine's Day :)



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22 comments:

  1. holy smokes, that's cute!!! you had me at chevron. love this take on it!! thanks for sharing

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  2. Ok seriously this is amazing! I want to move in with you so I can stare at it all day!

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  3. So pretty!! I adore the color scheme! I think they can definitely stay up after Valentine's Day. :)

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  4. Really great idea with the chevron garland.

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  5. How adorable! I love how it's feminine AND modern...such a unique interesting accent. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. love this pinning

    Natasha @ www.serenityyou.com

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  7. K Holl, Seriously! You had an awesome Valentine mantle last year and you didn't use 1 thing from it. I do good to add 1 new thing each year (this year I did start totally over cuz the stuff I had was from when Nikki was a baby...old) Love the mantle! The first thing I thought of was Cupids Arrows. Too Cute!

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  8. What a great idea! The colors are gorgeous. But may I ask what color gray paint is over the mantle? I think its great!

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  9. Thanks you guys, you are all so sweet!! For the question on the paint color it is Dark Granite by Behr from Home Depot. The great thing about having that pop out wall above the mantel is that it is small enough that I can repaint it often :) I buy 2 of the sample size and it covers really well, with some leftover too!

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  10. amazeballs. love it entirely too much.

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  11. Oh this is too cute. The entire mantel looks fantastic!! I love all of it.

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  12. you guys are seriously so awesome. i LOVE this..everything...the colors, the chevron..yummy!:)

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  13. Absolutely stunning! I love everything about it. :)

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  14. This is soooooo lovely. Thanks for sharing! I wanna make one right now!

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  15. I made these a couple days ago, and I love them so much.
    what an amazing idea!
    floral&fudge

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  16. What a cute banner. I was looking for something new and fun and your little chevron banner came up. The colors are great--such a warm, pretty pink. :)
    Jaime

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  17. Hi Nat and Holly,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of scrap chevron crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/chevron-crafts/

    Have a great day!

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  18. Did u make the heart picture in the middle? If so what color paint is that Grey?

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  19. so pretty. did you get a good pic from last weekend? That one of you two on the sidebar is pretty cute. email me if i need to edit them at all.

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