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DIY Valentine Bunting

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How to make a cute and fun DIY Valentine bunting to decorate your home for Valentines Day. Not only does this bunting look good, it also smells amazing with the scent of cinnamon.

a hanging Valentine bunting

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE DIY VALENTINE BUNTING?

This DIY Valentine bunting recipe is so easy it only has two ingredients, cinnamon and applesauce. If you plan to make the hearts into a bunting you will need something to string them up with, I used  inexpensive garden twine.  I like the rustic, farmhouse look that the twine adds to the hearts.

The only other things that you will need that you might not have on hand would be parchment paper and a straw or something else to cut your holes with. Other than that a rolling pin and cookie sheet will complete the list.

Hearts for Valentine bunting

GETTING STARTED MAKING YOUR DIY VALENTINE BUNTING

To get started all you need to do is grab a bowl and mix equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce. I found it easier to put my applesauce in the bowl and add the cinnamon to it. Stir to mix, you might need to use your hands in the end to really mix the dough well.

Decorated hearts for a handmade valentine bunting

HOW MUCH CINNAMON AND APPLESAUCE SHOULD I USE FOR MY VALENTINE BUNTING RECIPE?

You need to use equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce, but the amount is up to you. A good amount to use if you want to make a medium to large size valentine bunting would be 1 and 1/2 cups of each. When I used this amount I had enough dough to make 15 of the medium size hearts from my valentine heart template.

You can get your heart template sheet here:

ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH FOR THE VALENTINE HEARTS

There are 2 ways to roll out your dough. The first way is between 2 pieces of parchment paper, I found this to work fine but I had to switch my paper out regularly because once the paper got damp from the dough it wanted to stick  to the paper more.

The second way that I tried was rolling out my dough directly on my granite counter tops with a single piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. I found that my dough was easier to get off of the granite onto my cookie sheet than it was to get off of the parchment paper.

Try to roll your dough out about 1/4 inch thick.

I made a video to show the whole process of creating this Valenting Bunting from start to finish, you can watch it here.

BAKING YOUR HEARTS FOR THE VALENTINE BUNTING

You should bake your Valentine bunting hearts at 220 degrees for 2 hours. This time may vary based on your oven and the thickness of your hearts.

DECORATING YOUR HEARTS FOR YOUR VALENTINE BUNTING

After you have baked and cooled your  hearts it is time to do the fun part. I really enjoyed using the dimensional fabric paint to decorate my hearts.

Using paint was so much quicker and easier than mixing up icing and then piping it out. The paint also dried pretty quick so I could go ahead and finish making my bunting.

Handmade Valentine heart bunting with twine

CREATING YOUR VALENTINE BUNTING WITH YOUR CINNAMON HEARTS

To do this step I used simple garden twine since we always have some of that on hand. I like the farmhouse rustic look that it adds to a project like this.

I measured the length of the bunting I wanted to make based on where I intended to hang it in my home. I then cut my twine a little longer than it needed to be to account for the loss of length when I tied the hearts on.

Next, I decided how far I wanted my hearts to be spaced apart and I started tying them on to the twine.

This was really an easy project to make to decorated your home for Valentines Day. I hope that you will give it a try yourself.

HANG YOUR BUNTING AND ENJOY!

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