If you recall, May 23rd was mine and Jakes anniversary. We don't buy gifts for our anniversaries because we like to keep it sweet and simple. Along with my "52 reasons I love you book", I also made garland out of scrap-paper hearts and I will tell you why.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is "100 hearts would be too few, to carry all my love for you", so I took it pretty literal and made it into a surprise! Jake came out to his car to this Wednesday morning:
It looked way cooler in person I promise, it was just impossible to get a good picture. Here is what you will need for this simple, (but time consuming) project!
LOTS of scrap book paper, your cutting 100 hearts here people!
a good friend
a good meal
and a bottle of wine...(I promise, you don't want to do this without your bottle of wine)
Thankfully my friend Sarah was willing to help me with this project or else I probably would have given up.
1. Start by tracing your different sized hearts on the back of your scrap paper. (we did 5 different sizes so we needed 20 of each size. Luckily Sarah has a cricut machine that cut our first 5 so we had perfect shaped hearts)
2. Next get ready for snippin. Now, I don't know if it was the wine, or if we were just too gabby to realize we COULD have put 2 or 3 pieces of scrap paper together and did this in the 3rd of the time, but no, we cut each individual heart 1 at a time..SHEESH!)
3. Pour another glass of wine
4. Lay your hearts out vertically in different patterns, and then tape a ribbon to the back of each like so:
We did 20 strands of 5, but you could certainly make them shorter/longer if you would like.
5. Make a sign with your sweet quote, so that the whole project makes sense:
6. Sneak out after your hunny has gone to sleep, and tape them all to the roof of their car/truck (this wouldn't really work if your sweetheart has a bicycle, but who knows, you could get creative)
7. Wait for them to wake up and SURPRISE! Pretty heart garland will put a smile on any ones face.
The best part is, I am certainly not letting these beauties go to waste, i'm sure you will see them appear in my Valentines day decor, or at a bridal/baby shower as party decorations. Or maybe i'll just stare at them because they took so damn long and i'd like to admire my work.
**A big thank you to Sarah! You cut my time in half, and the laughs/wine didn't hurt our night either :)