February is the month for hearts so before it’s officially over, I thought I’d sneak in one more heartful post! This DIY Hearts garland with Vintage Sheet Music is really simple to pull off but I love the charm it gives to a simple vintage set. This garland would be perfect for the couple that love music, play music, or even met at a concert. It’s one of those decor pieces that can tell a story without words.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- A book of vintage sheet music
- Heart punch, cutting machine, or scissors and patience
- Sewing machine set with white thread
Before you get started, you’ll need to pick out your sheet music. Thrift and antique stores generally have these tucked away with books and post cards. I found this fun show boat collection at an antique store, but you could also get individual sheets (they generally are on thicker stock). If you aren’t having luck tracking down sheet music- or want a specific song on your garland, you can make your own. Just print the sheet music (easily found online) with a laser printer (so the ink doesn’t run), then age it using coffee and grounds on a baking sheet.
When you have your sheet music, it’s time to get cutting! We used a cutting machine (Cricut Explore), but a heart punch would have been just as easy. You could also cut your hearts by hand, but you’d need a Netflix marathon and glass of wine 😉 When your hearts are all cut, thread up your sewing machine and sew them together! Choose a longer straight stitch to speed things up and hold the heart that comes out of the foot to make sure the tension doesn’t pull them tight together.
That’s it! Tack it up on your wall, hang it from the ceiling (over a ceremony!?), or drape it down the aisle. There’s so many ways this sweet garland could make an appearance in a wedding, shower, or even your home- it’s just so sweet!