Vintage Valentine Hanging

Vintage Valentine

Love is in the Air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the theme for this months International Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge was Vintage Valentine. (More about IBC  at the bottom of this post)  I knew I wanted to make a Vintage Valentine hanging but kept coming up blank on the theme.  Thinking back to when I was a kid I remembered the “Love is” comic strip that used to be in the Sunday newspaper every week. And I thought it would be perfect with so many quotes to choose from.

Vintage Valentine

If you have never heard of “Love is” it all started with shy little love notes from Kim Casali to her future husband, Roberto. Each of these little notes involved a small drawing and a personal sentiment that perfectly captured Kim’s thoughts for the man she loved. She would hide these little drawings where he would least expect, sometimes tucked in a pocket or popped under his pillow, and also send them to him whenever they were apart. Everyone will be able to find their perfect vintage valentine “Love Is” quote!

How to make a Vintage Valentine Hanging

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Making the hearts

I chose to use burlap fabric because it looks old fashioned and I had it at home.  I have used burlap before and personally, found it a pain in the butt to work with.  It tends to fry once cut.  So I thought I would try and be smartie pants and spray it with a clear gloss to seal the edges which worked really well.  The fabric was hung up using paperclips and sprayed with the gloss.

Vintage valentine wall hanging

Find an image of a heart image if you are like me and can’t draw well, and pin it to the burlap fabric.

Vintage Valentine Wall Hanging

Using a sewing machine set on very small stitches then sew around the hearts using the paper as a guide. Leave a small opening so you can stuff with filling later.

Vintage Valentine

Create your Love is design

To create your design you will need a Cricut/Silhouette vinyl cutter. If you don’t already own one, I would highly recommend the Cricut Explore Air 2.  There are so many unique projects that you can make with this machine, here are a few I have made. 

I found an image on the internet that I liked and turned it into an SVG file using Inkscape. Inkscape is simple to use software, which is free to use on the internet.  (Please note these images are copyrighted so you can not sell products with these images on). Import the image into Cricut design space.

Vintage Valentaine

To make this project I used HTV vinyl which is an iron-on vinyl. Put the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting mat. I use all my scraps of vinyl that is why the vinyl is an odd shape.  If you have a vinyl cutter you will understand every piece costs money. Make sure you mirror the image in the settings before you cut the vinyl, or your design will cut backwards.

Vintage Valentine

Next, using the weeding tools remove all the excess vinyl you don’t want on the design.

Vintage Valentine

Transferring the design to the fabric

To transfer the design you can use the Cricut easy press or regular household iron. (Don’t use your best iron) Place the design in the position you want inside the heart.

Vintage Valentine

Cover the design with some baking paper, this is important if you have used the gloss spray as I did.  If you don’t the iron will stick to the fabric. Switch off the steam function on your iron, you need heat only.  Push the iron down on the design for 15 seconds. I have found pushing the iron around smudges the design.  Lift up the clear film and see if the design has transferred, if not do another 5 seconds until it does.

Vintage Valentine

To add some character to my vintage valentine hanging I cut a small piece of fabric off one of my painting drop sheets for the quote.  I followed the same process as the burlap hearts, apart from using the gloss spray.

Vintage Valentine

Cut out the hearts leaving a 1 cm border from the sewing edge. Next, Stuff your hearts with filling, I used filling from an old pillow.

Vintage Valentine

An easy way to stuff the hearts is to use a paintbrush handle to push the stuffing through the small gap. Once you have stuffed the hearts to can sew up the gap.

Vintage Valentine

With all the hearts cut and stuffed it was time to join them all together into a wall hanging.

Vintage Valentine

Creating the wall hanging

I used items I had laying around at home and from my craft supplies to do this.  Using a scrap piece of wire I found in my shed, I bent it randomly using pliers for a more rustic look. To give the wire a more aged look I added some metallic copper wax to the surface.

Vintage Valentine

I added some embellishments to the hearts using a hot glue gun. The white roses with the beads were added to the seam.

Vintage Valentine

To join all the hearts together into a wall hanging, I used some beads from a broken necklace. A small section of the bead necklace was glued to the back of each heart with a hot glue gun.

Vintage valentine

I made the tassel by wrapping some leather cord around a plastic lid to get an even length. Push a paintbrush through the one end and try it together to hold the cord in place.  Next, cut the opposite ends of the leather cord to make your tassels.

Vintage Valentine

Add a metal hoop from a key ring to the tassel and glue it to the back of the heart with a hot glue gun.

Vintage Valentine

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About International bloggers club (IBC)

If you follow my blog you will know I am part of IBC (International Bloggers Club) which is a group of talented bloggers from around the world. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Each month we come together and create a project in a common theme.   And if you have not already guessed the theme is month is Vintage valentine. If you missed last months Christmas theme here is the link to my Corner Christmas tree shelf which can be used all year round.  The contributions from my fellow bloggers are below, please feel free to jump over and share your thoughts.

  1. A Crafty Mix | No-sew quiver macrame arrows.                       2)Northernfeeling | Fresh herb heart wreaths.

3) Interior Frugalista | Vintage style valentine door hanger.3  4) Faeries and Fauna| Jute string frame valentine coupon display for families

If you are looking for any of the items used in this project, please consider using our links. By clicking on the links we will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Which helps us come up with new and exciting ideas to share with you.

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    Marie
    January 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I really like your pretty vintage Valentine hanging, Anita! I love it even more that you used a Cricut machine. Being a newbie Cricut(er) I’m always on the hunt for fun projects and an excuse to use both my Cricut Maker and Easy Press.

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      Anita Holland
      January 21, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much Marie. I keep saying no more cricut projects for awhile, but just cant stop. I have a shed full of tools but this machine is my favourite. You should really have a go. 🥰

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    Michelle Leslie
    January 21, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Sooooooo adorable Anita. I remember the “Love Is” cartoons so well but didn’t know the story behind it. Thank you for that, so special.

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      Anita Holland
      January 21, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle, I remember cutting them out each week and sticking them in a scrap book like a loser🤣🤣 I was about 10. The story is really cute.

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    Cathy Kennedy
    January 27, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Anita,

    I always liked the Love Is cartoons when I was a kid. Your vintage Valentine’s Day hanging art is full of nostalgia!

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      Anita Holland
      January 28, 2020 at 6:38 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Cathy, We must be about the same age. 🙂

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    Sandi Magle
    January 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I really enjoyed the tutorials of your crafts..and all the unusual mediums you use. Now for picking apart that cutting…I think I would have to stamp or iron on something ….but lots of fun here. Thanks for sharing! Sandi from TAOH.

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    Michelle
    January 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Your Valentine’s wall hanging is so pretty! I never knew the history behind the little cartoon. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anita Holland
      January 30, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you, the story behind was so cute. 😁

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    Kristie
    January 30, 2020 at 5:54 am

    I love your vintage valentine, and all the little notions you used to embellish the hearts. Your tassel instructions are also very good! #littlecottagelinkparty

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      Anita Holland
      January 30, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much😍

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    Cynthia Nessel
    January 31, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Thanks for linking up at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party. I hope you’ll come back next week. Cynthia at Create With Cynthia

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    Dee | Grammy's Grid
    January 31, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Looks nice, I love using burlap. I pinned this! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #AThemedLinkup 10 for All Things Love and Valentine’s Day, open until February 10.

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      Anita Holland
      January 31, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you

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    Antionette Blake
    February 1, 2020 at 2:55 am

    These are cute! #trafficjamweekend

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    Nata
    February 2, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Everything is very beautiful and tasteful Thank you

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      Anita Holland
      February 4, 2020 at 1:41 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment.

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    Cecilia
    February 3, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    Beverly
    February 3, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Anita,
    I just love this Valentine hanging. You always make them so special. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you will stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/02/over-moon-linky-party.html
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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      Anita Holland
      February 4, 2020 at 1:39 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment and for the feature. It is greatly appreciated.

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    Ann
    February 4, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I remember that cartoon too! Your Valentine Hanging is just adorable. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

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      Anita Holland
      February 4, 2020 at 1:38 am

      Thank you so much Ann, There were so many cute cartoons to chose from.

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    Kippi
    February 7, 2020 at 6:11 am

    This is an adorable Valentine’s craft.
    Have a great day,
    Kippi

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much 😉

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    Katrin
    February 8, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I remember reading the little ¨love is…¨section in our local newspaper as a kid. This brings back memories and is such a cute idea Anita!

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Katrin, they were the highlight of my Sunday. I was such a romantic back then. 🤣🤣

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    Sarah @ The DIY Mommy
    February 8, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Too cute! I love this, what a great project!

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much, very kind of you to say. 😉

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    Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy
    February 10, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I love this wall hanging Valentine. I had a scrapbook of “Love Is” cartoons years ago. Sadly I lost it in a storm. I need to get out my Cricut and do something like this. Lots of great ideas!

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      Anita Holland
      February 16, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much, I love to do projects with my Cricut.

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    Jo (A Rose Tinted World)
    January 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    This is so very pretty. I think I need a cricut! #Anythinggoes

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      Anita Holland
      January 28, 2021 at 10:30 am

      Thank you so much Joe, I love my Cricut and try and use it in many of my projects.

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    Marilyn
    January 30, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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    Ann
    January 31, 2021 at 6:18 am

    This is just adorable, Anita, and I do remember the cartoon. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Ann, I remember this as a kid, so we must be around the same age. lol

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    Julie
    February 1, 2021 at 1:56 am

    So sweet, I loved the Love is cartoons as a teenager.

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you Julie, We used to cut them out of the Sunday paper and glue them into a scrapbook.

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    Naush Samama
    February 9, 2021 at 4:25 am

    My sister and I used to keep cuttings of the ‘love is” series when we were younger. This is so cute.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party at Doodle Buddies. Drop by this evening to join the next Meraki Party..
    Much love
    Naush

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      Anita Holland
      February 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you Naush, we did the same as kids.

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