I keep seeing photos of a 3D heart garland on Pinterest but none of them link to an actual tutorial. So I studied the photos and came up with my own pattern, and put them together to create a 3D shadowbox. I love how it turned out! (And I’m sharing a tutorial. :o) )
- 12″x12″ shadowbox frame (I used this one from Hobby Lobby)
- One 12″x12″ sheet of scrapbook paper for the background
- Two 12″x12″ sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper for the heart
- Thread to match the paper you’re using for the hearts
- Double-sided Scotch tape
Make sure the paper you’re using for the hearts has a design or color on both sides, as you’ll see both the front and back of the shapes when the hearts are assembled.
Remove the backing from the frame and cover it with a sheet of scrapbook paper. My frame had a velvet background attached to a sheet of styrofoam. I peeled the velvet off and used double-sided tape to hold the scrapbook paper in place.
Mark a light pencil line down the center of the paper horizontally and vertically.
Print out the pattern for the hearts here.
Cut out the patterns and trace them onto the double-sided scrapbook paper to create 9 hearts in each of the four sizes.
Layer the hearts with one of each size stacked together, with the largest heart on the bottom. Mark a line down the center of the smallest heart and pin the layers to hold them in place.
Set your sewing machine for a long stitch and sew a line down the center of the hearts, attaching all the layers together. The paper is stiff and the feed dogs may not grip it. If it wants to stick, you’ll need to give the paper a little push to keep it moving as you sew.
Fold the top three hearts to the center along the stitching line. Leave the bottom heart flat.
Line up the hearts using the center lines you marked on the background paper as a guide. Use double-stick tape on the back of the flat hearts to hold them in place.
Place the backing back into the frame. All done!
Looking for more Valentine projects? Here are a few of my favorites: