DIY Steampunk Valentine’s Garland

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Here’s a simple, quick craft to decorate your mantle, doorway, wall, or desk!

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Supplies & Materials

  • Steampunk Heart Stamp (I purchased this one from Michaels)
  • Ink Pad (I used black)
  • 1 package of Recollections tags (10 total tags)
  • 1 package of reproduction metal press gears (also available at Michaels)
  • Brads
  • Bakers Twine (gold & white)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Piece of scrap paper
  • (Optional) Small fake flowers to attach to the gears if desired

Steps

1.Lay out your scrap piece of paper to protect your table or work surface.

diy-22. Press your stamp onto the ink pad. Be sure to get a layer of ink on the entire stamp design. Then press onto your tag. Let the ink dry. Repeat for 4 more tags (a total of 5). Set stamped tags aside.

diy-33.Take your blank tags and mark the places you want to place your gears on the tag with a pencil. Then hole punch your markings.It works best if you lay out your gears on the tag to see how it will look before you punch the holes. 

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4.Secure the gears in place with your brads. Your layer should be: brad, top gear, bottom gear, and last the paper tag.

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5.Close the brad and secure your gears in place firmly by opening the 2 prongs of the brad on the back side of your tag.

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6. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

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It’s nice to organize your gears in asymmetrical clusters, but you can also have them spell out letters or be in heart shapes too.

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7.Once you’ve finished adding gears to your 5 blank tags, now it’s time to assemble your garland. Lay out your tags, alternating between stamped tags and gear tags as shown in the picture below.

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8. Roughly measure your bakers twine and cut the length you need. It’s fine to eyeball it. Be sure to give yourself at least 3-5 additional inches for tying knots. Once you’ve cut your twine, begin weaving it through the top holes. Tie a firm knot at the top of each tag so that your tags don’t slide around.

Tip: Have a ruler or piece of washi tape as a measure system for how much room you’d like in between each tag. Mine are 1 inch apart.

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Optional: (not pictured) add flowers to the top of your tag in the holes. You can also twist some flowers around the twine for added flourish.

diy-11As always, Happy Crafting!

 

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