It was time for some new front door decor for Valentine’s Day! I had some left over cork from my cork coaster tutorial so I cut them into hearts and embroidered them, then I made them into a banner along with a Love sign. They’re all hung from a bright red frame. Here’s how I made my Embroidered Cork Heart Banner, plus you can grab the free printable watercolor Love sign as well!
Valentine’s Day Embroidered Cork Heart Banner
I’m excited to show you my first video tutorial, showing how to embroider the cork hearts. I have a long way to go (ugh the lighting!) and I am looking forward to my next and hopefully improved video.
Supplies (contains affiliate links to my favorites)
- Cork tiles (mine were 3/16″ thick, but are listed as 1/4″ thick)
- Ballpoint pen
- Self-healing mat
- Screw punch
- Baker’s twine
- Tapestry needle
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Printer and Printable banner
- Picture frame
Cut out a paper heart that’s about 3×3 inches in size. Trace it onto your cork with a pen and cut out with scissors.
Cut a smaller heart out and place it in the middle of your cork heart. Over a self-healing mat, use a screw punch with 1/8-inch holes to create holes in a heart shape (a regular hole punch might also work).
Thread baker’s twine onto a tapesetry needle and start stitching across the heart to fill in the middle. You can do a symmetrical pattern where all of the stitches cross in the middle, for example, or you can be more random. Play with it and see what you like.
Then, go around the outline with a back stitch. To finish, tie a knot in the back and snip off the excess.
I created a banner of four cork hearts, hot-gluing twine across the back of each one. I then hot glued a piece of heart shaped cardstock on the back, so the twine is sandwiched between the cork and the cardstock. Finally, I hot glued the two hearts on the end to the sides of my red picture frame.
The cork heart banner would look cute on its own, but I added this Love banner tied to the top.
Feel free to save the banner to your computer and print out on white cardstock if you’d like to use it!
All done with my cork heart banner. The bright red frame provides a nice backdrop.
Find more Valentine’s Day ideas here.