Valentine’s Day card garland

All the supplies you'll need to create this festive garland.

Valentine’s Day brings with it a variety of different parties and events. I always seem to end up hosting or co-hosting at least one of them, so I am always on the lookout for cute and inexpensive ways to decorate for the holiday.

You know those long lost playing cards sitting in the back of a drawer somewhere in your home, that are missing one or two cards in the deck? Well, now there is a use for them! This tutorial takes boring old playing cards, and turns them into a unique and low cost garland for Valentine’s Day.


  • Playing cards (preferably hearts)
  • Solid color thin red ribbon
  • Patterned Valentine’s themed thin ribbon
  • Decorative hearts from felt or other material
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Hot glue


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Step 1: Punch two holes in the top of each of your playing cards with a hole puncher.

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Step 2: Thread a ribbon up and then back down through the two holes at the top of each of your cards.

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Step 3: Space the cards out evenly along your ribbon, and glue or attach your heart embellishments between each card. I used two packs of rosette material hearts that I purchased at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. They had sticky backs on them, so I simply stuck them to the ribbon itself, but hot glue and hearts cut out of felt work just as well.vday garland 1

Step 4: Cut a small piece of patterned Valentine’s ribbon about 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot around the ribbon at the top of each card on your garland. This will add some extra decoration, and will help hold your cards in place.

Step 5: Be sure to leave some empty space on your ribbon on either end of your garland for hanging. Hang and enjoy your Valentine’s Day card garland.

Tell me in the comments below! How do you decorate on a budget for Valentine’s Day?

Kathleen Bunn writes about parenting, cooking, crafts and family friendly travel at and She is a homeschooling mom of four boys, who enjoys living outside the box and nourishing her desire to explore new places every chance she gets. You can connect with her online through TwitterFacebook and Instagram

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