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Easy Valentine’s Day Garland

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Making easy Valentine’s Day garland is the perfect way of adding a touch of love around the home to celebrate the special holiday.  

Baking soda dough hearts strung together to make Valentine's Day garland hanging on a shelf.

Love is in the air.

February, the month of love. Although I don’t go crazy decorating for Valentine’s Day around the farmhouse, I do like to celebrate the holiday in small and thoughtful ways. One of the ways I do that is by sprinkling a few love-themed pieces throughout our home. These sprinklings of love come in many forms and always come from the heart.

For Valentine’s Day, I typically serve breakfast and dinner on special dishes. In the morning, I include heart-shaped spoons with the coffee that I serve in sweet Valentine’s Day mugs. I also have hand towels adorned with hearts in the kitchen and bathrooms along with pink and red flowers throughout the farmhouse. Beautiful blooms always brighten any day, but especially Valentine’s Day. Finally, there are usually small candy dishes filled with Valentine’s sweets found in special places all around our home for all my sweethearts with sweet-tooths.

Homemade always comes from the heart.

Another way I sprinkle a little love for Valentine’s Day is by making homemade treats and decorations. Often times, homemade items become loved one’s favorites because it is clear that they come from the heart. Easy Valentine’s Day garland is a homemade decoration made out of baking soda dough hearts. It is sure to make celebrating the holiday at home special. I hang the garland throughout the farmhouse: on the fireplace mantel, on shelves, across the kitchen window, and anywhere else that needs a little touch of love. I even made a cluster to hang from a wreath on our entry mirror. Now the moment my family walks through the door they can see and feel how much I love them.

Baking soda dough hearts hanging from the center of a wreath on a mirror.

Easy Valentine’s Day garland is inexpensive.

Simple Valentine’s Day touches around the home don’t need to cost a lot of money and they are extra special when they are handmade. This easy Valentine’s Day garland checks both those boxes. If I had to guess, I would say that you most likely already have everything (or almost everything) you need to make this garland. In which case, it will cost nothing… Yahoo! 

Easy Valentine’s Day garland is also fun to make.

Not only is this easy garland incredibly inexpensive to make, but it’s also fun. You can get as creative as you like. Use different sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters for your garland, add food coloring to the dough to make your baking soda dough hearts tinted, and/or add essential oils to make them smell heavenly… The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity and this project.

Baking soda dough rolled out and heart shapes are cut out of it with a cookie cutter.

When you string the hearts for your garland, you can also add wood beads for a more rustic look, metallic beads for a more glamorous look, or colorful plastic beads for a fun look to your garland. Have tons of fun making your easy Valentine’s Day garland and as always, make it “yours.” 

Perfect for every holiday.

The baking soda dough used for this easy Valentine’s Day garland can be used for every holiday. Make clovers for St. Patrick’s Day, bunnies, Easter eggs, and flowers in Spring and for Easter. Stars are perfect for the 4th of July. For Halloween, make garland with bats and jack-o-lanterns. Turkeys and pumpkins are wonderful for Thanksgiving and at Christmastime, the options are endless! Mittens, Christmas trees, stars, candy canes, bells, (just to name a few) are perfect for making ornaments and garland to celebrate the holiday.

Baking Soda Dough hearts strung together to make Valentine's Day garland, hanging from a shelf.
Yield: Appox. 1 dozen pieces

Homemade Baking Soda Dough

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Looking for a beautiful, white, smooth, non-edible dough for making ornaments and garland to celebrate the holidays? This homemade baking soda dough is so much better than traditional salt dough. You're going to have so much fun making ornaments and garland to decorate your home. Have fun and get creative!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. If you are tinting the dough or adding essential oils, this is the time to add them too. Over medium heat stir ingredients continuously until the mixture resembles smooth mashed potatoes.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow the dough to cool in a covered bowl.
  4. Once the dough is cooled, roll it out and cut it into the shapes of your choice. Poke holes for stringing and bake for 1 hour on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Notes

Add essential oils to the dough to make your pieces scented or add food coloring to tint them.

Baking soda dough hearts strung together to make Valentine's Day garland hanging on a shelf.

 

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