I’ve been hoping to come across some old valentines for a while (not that I knew what I was going to do with them). Perhaps I was searching for the nostalgia or maybe it was a reaction to my boys’ choices of Transformers and Star Wars valentines, which speak to their little hearts in ways to which I cannot relate. There are plenty of vintage cards online, but most are overpriced (plus shipping), especially for the purpose of crafting rather than collecting. So I was delighted to find some vintage-inspired cards at a little toy shop. Cute, cheap and close enough!
Maybe it’s the retro vibe, but some felt and rickrack finally inspired me to make the cards into a banner for our play room windows.
First I sewed around the edge of each card to attach them to the felt (I suggest wool felt for longevity but I used acrylic because I had some on hand):
Pinking shears gave the felt a nice finished edge, and I left some room at the top to cut slits and string each card onto the rickrack:
It looked a little bare until I added the bows, but now I have a Valentine’s Day banner sweet enough for any room in the house: