Are you looking for quick and EASY DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Crafts ideas? Need cheap Valentines day décor or decorations for a Valentines day or Galentines day party? Looking for valentines crafts for adults? We have a cute valentine garland idea that can come together in a cr-afternoon!
Head to the local dollar store for much of what you’ll need for this DIY Valentines day decor. We’re going to create a cute, sparkly garland to display on your mantle, around your doorway or above the treats table at your next Valentine’s day party!
We’ll make small valentine love notes out of rectangular pieces of precut wood that you can find in the craft section of most dollar stores like (dollar tree). We’ll add paint, glitter & hearts in valentine themed colors. When it’s all done they will look like love letters.
Our valentines measure about 3 x 4.25 inches but you can make them just about any size your want by purchasing larger wood pieces at a local craft store or online. These DIY Valentine’s Day decorations are really inexpensive to make…which is nice considering how expensive everything is these days!
We used bright Valentine’s day colors like pink, white and lavender because we love fun, bright crafts and decor around here. You don’t have to be like us! You can make your valentines any color combination you want.
We’ll provide you with FREE printable templates for the valentine envelopes and for the skinny hearts. The envelope template measures 3 x 4.25 inches and hearts that are about 1 inch across.
Turn this into an EASY Cricut Valentines Day Craft!
Although you don’t need a Cricut to make our cute, DIY valentines day decorations you can turn this into an easy Cricut Valentine’s Day craft with our FREE Cricut cut files! We provide all the cut files you need to make the wood blanks from Cricut approved bass wood sheets and the skinny hearts that can be cut from glitter adhesive vinyl OR glitter card stock. If you are cutting wood on your Cricut make sure that you are using the wood cutting knife tool.
Let’s check out this EASY DIY Valentine’s Day garland!
DIY EASY Valentine’s Day Garland Supplies
This quick and easy DIY Valentine’s Day garland comes together quickly but there is some wait time for the acrylic paint & Modge Podge to dry. I was able to find the wood blanks at the local dollar tree but most other items (like paint, glitter and twine) came from the local craft store. While you’re there check out all the other Dollar Tree valentine crafts you can make with all those materials!
- Foam Glitter Hearts
- Black Paint Pen (could also use silver or gold for extra glam!)
- 150 Grit Sand Paper
- Black and White Bakers Twine
- Pink, White & Lavender Acrylic Paint
- Holographic White Fine Glitter
- Matte Modge Podge
- Rectangle Shaped Wood Blanks from Dollar Store
- Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun
- FREE PRINTABLE Envelope and Heart Templates (download at end of tutorial)
How to Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Garland
STEP ONE- Drill holes in the top left and right of the wood blank
Gather all of your Valentine’s Day garland supplies and your power drill to get started. The size of your holes will be determined by the diameter of the bakers twine you are using. There can be a lot of variation so check to make sure that you can easily thread your bakers twine through the hole you drill.
STEP TWO- Sand down holes and edges
Using fine grit (150 paper will do), sand down any rough areas that the drilling of the holes created. Also, sand down all the edges to make a smooth, pro level finish before you paint.
STEP THREE- Paint the wood blank
Next, you’ll paint your wood blanks. I used acrylic pain and because this wood is super absorbent I used two coats to get the look I wanted. I used three different colors for my garland but you can use less colors or more colors.
STEP THREE- Create the valentine envelope flap
Grab a pencil and a ruler. Use the ruler to create a straight line from corner to corner on both sides of the wood blank. This will create the flap for the envelope Draw a faint pencil line. We will use this as a guide for a paint pen later.
STEP FOUR- Create the valentine envelope left lower line
Using the bottom point of the envelope flap as a starting point, measure 2 cm to the left and make a small mark with your pencil. Use your ruler to draw a faint pencil line from that point to the lower left hand corner of the envelope.
STEP FIVE- Create the valentine envelope right lower line
Using the bottom point of the envelope flap as a starting point, measure 2 cm to the right and make a small mark with the pencil. Use your ruler to draw a faint pencil line from that point to the lower right hand corner of the envelope.
STEP SIX- Use a paint pen to make the envelope lines permanent
Before you use your paint pen make sure it has a good point, you’ve shaken it sufficiently and the paint is flowing (do a test on some scrap wood using the ruler as a guide). When you feel comfortable, draw permanent envelope lines over your faint pencil marks with the paint pen. You may have to go over the line twice to get it sufficiently dark enough. If you don’t have a paint pen or it’s not going well on your practice runs you can also use a black sharpie marker. Sharpies are much easier to control.
STEP SEVEN- Apply Modge Podge and Glitter
Using a paintbrush, apply a coat of Modge Podge to the valentine envelope. Sprinkle iridescent white glitter all over the Modge Podge. Dry per manufacturers directions.
STEP EIGHT- Apply 2nd coat of Modge Podge to seal glitter
Apply a 2nd coat of Modge Podge to seal the glitter to the valentine envelope to keep the glitter from falling off down the road. Glitter has plans of it’s own and it can end up everywhere! Best to really nail it down!
STEP 9- Hot glue glitter foam hearts to the valentine envelopes
The foam glitter hearts have an adhesive backing but I don’t full trust that they will stick to the envelope for the long term. So I recommend hot gluing them to the envelopes if possible. I alternated colors to give my DIY Valentine’s Day garland more visual interest. You can see the color combinations I choose at the image below.
I’m also including some FREE PRINTABLE skinny heat templates that you can use with some glitter cardstock
STEP 10- String your valentine envelopes
Using the bakers twine, thread through the back side of the envelopes. It may be helpful to wrap a piece of scotch tape around the end of the bakers twine so it will thread more easily and not fray. If you’re having a hard time getting the string through the holes you may need to gently remove dried paint and Modge Podge from the holes with a toothpick. If that doesn’t work you may need to gently re-drill the holes…but if you do drill slowly and carefully so you don’t remove paint.
STEP 10- Hang and enjoy!
I have my DIY Valentines Day garland hanging across my mantle but you can hang it across a doorway, a decorative hutch, your coffee station…anywhere really! It looks super cute anywhere. I love the sparkle and the colors are bright and cheerful!
Aren’t these Dollar Tree Valentine crafts for adults fun!?!?! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this cute valentines day craft! If you love making garlands like this for décor around your home you might want to check out the DIY Halloween Tassel Ghost Garland I made last year! Don’t forget to grab your FREE printable templates and Cricut cut files below!