One thing that I was really attracted to when decorating my apartment was bunting. I love how it brings a little pop of interest to a wall that might otherwise remain bare. I picked up this burlap and heart one from Etsy to hang over my bed, and my roommate made a great one inspired by Emily’s to go over hers.
We wanted something to go over our television, so we crafted up this very simple heart bunting DIY. All you need is 20 or so pages from a book, burlap string and a tea bag–simple as that!
To start, you’re going to want to rip out book pages. To two book lovers, this seemed decidedly sacrilegious, so we opted to dismember a book we really didn’t care about instead of destroying at Gatsby or something. Next step is to “age” the paper. If you decide to go with a vintage book for this project you probably can skip this step, but we wanted to remove the stark white appearance of the pages and transform them into something a bit more weathered looking.
To do this, simply soak a tea bag in cool water, squeezing it until the water is saturated with color. Then, crinkle the paper into a ball with your hands, soak in the water until completely wet and hang to drip-dry overnight.
Once your paper has completely dried, it’s time to create your hearts. I recommend drawing out a template first so that you can trace it for each heart and have uniform sizes (and shapes!) throughout. Trace and cut out at least 20 hearts (the exact number you’ll need depends on the size of your space and length of your string). Use a pencil to create a hole big enough for the string to fit through in each one.
String the hearts onto the string one by one, spacing them out as you go. The great thing about the burlap string we chose is that it held on to the paper, so the hearts didn’t slide out of place.
Hang the completed string on an empty wall space and you’re done!
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