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Heart String Banner

Hello there! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜€

Today I will be talking about an ADORABLE long heart banner! It’s getting closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, so why not do something for it? Exactly. So let’s go!

First, gather your materials. You’ll need:

  1. Scissors
  2. Cute craft paper
  3. Twine or string or thread or whatever you want to use – I used twine actually
  4. Tape or glue
  5. Pencil or pen
  6. Patience ๐Ÿ™‚

Gather your papers together first. Decide the color scheme for your banner!


Then, flip your papers over to the back side and start tracing or drawing hearts on them, whatever sizes you want! I chose to hand draw mine, because I didn’t care if it was perfect or not, but if you’re a perfectionist or just want your hearts to be the same size and shape, that’s okay! You do you!


Afterwards, cut out your hearts! Just do the best you can!


Once you have all of your hearts cut out, lay them out in the pattern that you want them to hang in.


Then you will cut out your twine or ribbon or whatever you’re using. I laid the twine down along the hearts to get the length I needed. I had 6 rows of hearts so I cut out 6 pieces of twine. Don’t forget to cut a piece for the length across the top as well! I would leave a bit extra on each side.


Then lay the first piece of twine down and start taping or gluing your hearts onto the twine. Do this for each column.


Lay the columns out as evenly as possible and then put the piece for the length at the top wherever you want it to be.


Start tying the columns onto the length piece. If you put it in the wrong spot, that’s okay! You should be able to move them after they are knotted.


And there we go!



I hope you had fun making this adorable heart banner! The good thing about it is that you can adjust it however you want! You can make it very long and use it as a headboard like thing, you can make a bunch of columns and use it like a curtain or something and hang it in front of your door, you can do a lot!

So that’s it! As always, Stay Happy, Stay Strong, and Be Free!

^-^ Annastasia

Things used in this project:

  1. Scissors from I don’t remember
  2. Paper from Hobby Lobby
  3. Twine from Hobby Lobby
  4. Pencil from my Roommate Sunny
  5. Tape from my Roommate Sunny


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Happiness Jar


Every now and again we go through periods of time where we can get sad, depressed, and we just can’t remember the good things that have happened in our lives. Well, it’s the beginning of 2017, and I have a way for you to catalog your happy memories and moments – a happiness jar!

Now, you could do this a very simple way if you want: take scraps of paper and write down the happy memories or moments, then place the scraps in a jar. But I wanted to go more intricate with it. I decided to learn how to make “lucky stars”. I tried to link the video but it wouldn’t work, so the title is “how to make lucky stars origami – paper crafts” on Yuliya Part VLOG’s channel. They’re basically puffy stars!

So here’s where the tutorial comes in – making the stars!

First off, collect your cute paper.


Take a ruler or something that has a straight edge and make a line down the paper, creating a long thin strip. You don’t want it to be too wide!


Try to do a better line than what I did… >.>

Then, cut the strip out as evenly as possible.


And there’s your strip!


Take your strip and face it towards you, color side facing you. Wrap the top of the strip over itself, creating a ribbon shape. Make sure to have a good amount hanging over the side.


Then tuck the piece that’s hanging over into the loop that you just created.


Begin pulling down on the rest of the strip, tightening the knot you’ve created. It should look like this.


I made quite a few of these stars, and I’m honestly not sure if it’s better to crease the folds or not. It seemed like it didn’t make much of a difference to me, so do as you please! If it does affect it, let me know please!

Now, fold that edge that’s hanging off onto the knot you’ve created. Once you have that one creased, which I know you’re supposed to do :), tuck it into the knot.


Like so.

After that, you just start folding! It should naturally fold along the edges, creating a pentagon shape. So fold…


And fold…


And fold some more…


A few more times…


Just a bit more…


Almost there!


Perfect! Now, take that extra little bit and tuck it into the last fold, so it looks like so.


And there we go! There’s the base for your star.


Now, what you’re going to do next is actually puff out the star. To do this, you’ll take your finger or fingernail and press into the sides, like so.


Do that to all 5 sides. It should puff up the center and create the corners for the stars.

And there we go! There’s a star!


Now, I did come across a problem. Everything was fine until I had to push on the sides of the star. Sometimes it would puff up, sometimes it would fold in on itself. I don’t really know what I was doing wrong, so I can’t give you any advice on that, but I can at least tell you about the problem. Here’s an example of the problem.


It’s the same type of paper, yet it did the exact opposite thing. I have no idea why!

Here’s another that was made.


Now here’s a choice for you: you can either just put stars in the jar to remind you of the good things, or you can write down the good thing on the back of the strip! Then, at the end of the year, you can look back at exactly what happened!


Here’s a shot of what I started out with!


And here’s what I mostly ended up with.


And there you go! Here’s my jar with what I decided to start out with. I’d say I’ve had about that much happiness this year, if not more. I would say to cut a bunch of strips out and keep them in a drawer or something, so that you can just grab one and go with it!





So there’s a happiness jar for you! I hope this helps make your year a bit easier by seeing all of the happiness sitting there on your shelf. I bet it will overflow!

Here’s the link for the video as well. Check it out! It might help!


As always, Stay Happy, Stay Strong, Be Free!

^-^ Annastasia


Things used in the images:

Scissors from I can remember they’re old

Paper from Hobby Lobby

Paper book from Hobby Lobby

Pencil from my roommate Sunny ๐Ÿ™‚

Jar from a coworker of my boyfriend

Guess Who game from Goodwill

Background from Hobby Lobby

Heart banner made by me (a future tutorial!)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Drawing book from I don’t remember it’s also old




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Simple Circle Banner


After we made the triangle banner, I decided that I could make another one, but this time with circles! I thought it would be a cute idea to try, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I decided instead of clothes pinning the circles like I did the triangles, I would tie them with twine and let them dangle down.

It ended up being so so adorable! And it’s such a simple process as well. So now it’s time to pass on the idea to you! Here we go!

First, you need to find something circular to trace. There’s no way I could have done this without that! I used a lid to an orange juice bottle, but you could use a mug or a different lid or a can, whatever you find! I didn’t want my circles to be too big either, but it’s completely up to you! Your banner!

Then, gather your adorable papers that you will be making your circles from. I personally think that thicker paper is better, because it’s less likely to bend and rip, but once again it’s up to you.


Once you have your paper and circle to trace, you can flip your paper over and begin tracing as many circles as you want! I only need a short banner to fit our poster board, so I only did 2 circles from each paper, totaling 8 circles.


Then you can start cutting them out! They don’t have to be perfect, just do the best you can. I know mine aren’t perfect.



There’s all of mine laid out. I think they’re pretty cute!

Then, what you need to do is hole punch these circles. Do the best you can, trying to get them all even. They don’t have to be perfect!


After you have them all hole punched, take your yarn or twine or whatever you are tying them with and cut it to the length you want. Make sure to leave some extra room on the twine to tie with!

Once you have your yarn cut, begin tying them to the circles.


Then, after tying all of the twine to the circles, cut another piece of twine the length you want the banner to be, also having some extra on the ends to tie or tape or clip with.

Take the end of the twine that’s attached to the circles and tie it to the long twine you just cut. You can adjust the placement after you tie the knot.


Continue tying the circles’ twine to the long piece of twine. After you have them all tied on there, you can start moving them side to side to give the distance that you want. I wanted mine spaced out a small bit, but you can overlap them, you can have them touching, it’s up to you!


And there we go! There’s mine laid out on the wood poster board. You can cut the extra string off if you want, but I liked the messy look. ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s my final product! I just used clothes pins to hold it up, since I had them. They won’t be in the pictures anyway.


I hope this tutorial went well for you! Let me know in the comments if you decided to make this and how it went! I actually already used this banner in the background of my Cross Stitch shoot. Check it out! It’s yesterday’s blog.

As always, Stay Happy, Stay Strong, and Be Free!

^-^ Annastasia

Things used in the pictures:

Cute papers from Hobby Lobby

Poster boards from Hobby Lobby

Scissors from I don’t remember they’re old

Orange juice from Walmart ๐Ÿ˜›

Pencil from my roommate Sunny โค

Twine from Hobby Lobby I think

Clothes pins from Hobby Lobby I think

Guess Who board game from Goodwill


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Origami Bow

Hello there!

I was searching online for something to do with the cute papers that I have collected and I came across a YouTube channel called PaperMade – Origami & Crafts, and I saw their video on an Origami Bow and I thought it was ADORABLE, so I decided to pass on the info to you guys so you get a chance to make this adorable bow! I take no credit for this tutorial, I’m only trying to pass on the information. I did not come up with this idea.ย Please check out their video if you want! It may also be easier for you to see the person actually doing it instead of just pictures, but hey, try it out!

Also, I haven’t gotten a proper place to craft yet, so for this tutorial and my next few ones are going to be done on this Guess Who? box on my roommates bed… SORRY. I know it’s not professional and I apologize, I will get my desk soon. Please forgive me! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So here we go, here’s how to make PaperMade‘s awesome Origami Bow!

NOTE: When I first started making this bow, I made it backwards. So when I start out with the colored side of the paper showing, I actually needed the white side showing. If you have double sided colored paper then you won’t end up with a white bow like I did, but it still looks adorable so I kept it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just please use the opposite color side from what I’m using if you don’t want a white bow.

Step 1: If you have a rectangular piece of paper, you need to cut it into a square. You can do this by actually doing your first fold, which is a diagonal fold, corner to corner. When you crease it, it will create a square! You can then cut off the excess paper and you’ll have a square!


You can see in the picture above that I went ahead and made that crease, but here is my rectangular piece of paper.


Here’s how the fold should look. You should have a ย triangular piece. Then cut off the excess like so.


You can use that excess piece for another craft, so make sure to keep it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 2: Unfold the paper and do another diagonal fold, so you have 4 mini triangles.


Step 3: Have the paper open. Do a horizontal fold this time, straight edge to straight edge. Do this to both sides.


The next image is what it should look like unfolded.


Step 4: In the picture above I am pointing to a specific fold. What you will do is fold this crease and the crease across from it in, so that you get a diamond shape in the front and back, as seen in the next few pictures.




Step 5: Take the top part of the diamond, the part that is NOT open, and fold it down.


Step 6: Open up the paper and it should look like so.


Then, take your fingers and make a firm crease along the box that was just made. Make sure to do all 4 sides!


Once that is done you should be able to fold the paper like so, with the box laying flat on top and the two corners that we previously folded in folded back in again. You should almost have your diamond back, just without the top part!


Step 7: Begin pushing slightly in the center of the square you have created, while also pushing in on the sides where it is already folded in at. You should make an hourglass shape with the box.


Continue flattening this piece until it looks like so.



Step 8: Lay the paper down as it is and begin folding each side by taking the top corner and folding it so that it lines up with the center crease, creasing the fold you just made.ย  You should have to do this 4 times.


It should look like the next image on both sides.


Step 9: Open up the paper. It should look like this (I forgot to take this picture from my first bow so here’s my second bow. I did this one correctly so the colors show :3 )


Then, look at the sides of the paper. You should see where it is folded over on all four sides. You’re going to cut at that fold on all 4 sides, as seen below.



This was honestly the hardest part for me, cutting along that line. I missed both times. :/ But that’s okay! It doesn’t have to be perfect. After cutting all four sides, it should look like this.


Step 10: Fold over one of the top diamond pieces. It should look like so.


Then turn it so that it is pointing up, and begin folding the bottom flap so that it lines up with the crease in the center of that side. Do this to both sides on the bottom.


Once you do that to the bottom, flip the middle pieces down and do the same to the top.


Once you do that it should look like this.


Here’s what it should look like from the front.


Step 11: Cut down the center of the center flaps. This will create the bows tails.


Step 12: Take the outer side of the bows tail and fold it so that it has a straight edge going down the center as shown. You’ll only be able to fold it so far anyway or else the paper will rip. ๐Ÿ™‚


Then fold the other side of the tail over on top of the first fold. Once again, you’ll only be able to fold it so far before it starts to rip.


Repeat for the other tail.


Here’s how it looks from the front!


At this point, you can cut the tail to look however you want it to. I personally liked how it looked here so I kept it, but you’ll see on my other bow that I cut the tail. Up to you!

Step 13: Flip it back to the front and take the top right bow part and tuck it under the square in the center. Do this for both sides.



And voila! You have made yourself a bow!


Here’s some shots of the two bows I made.



There’s many things that you can do with these bows! You can use them as decorations for boxes or photo frames, hang them from strings and make a string of bows, tape them or tack them to the walls or to cork board, many things! It’s up to your imagination! I personally stuck them to our poster board for more pics.


There you go! Cute bows to decorate with and to be creative with! I hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial and I hope to hear that you’ve tried it out and what you’re going to use them for! Check out the video as well!

That’s it for me! Hope you guys have fun!

As always, Stay Happy, Stay Strong, Be Free!

^-^ Annastasia

Things used in this tutorial:

  1. Poster board from Hobby Lobby
  2. Tape from Office Depot
  3. Paper from Hobby Lobby
  4. Scissors from I cant remember they’re old…
  5. Tutorial from YouTube
  6. Guess Who? 1998 version from Goodwill


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Cute Banner :)


So while I was getting things together for taking pictures of my projects, my roommate and best friend Sunny suggested we craft ourselves a banner – a cute banner to put in the background of the pictures!

So here we are: a step by step tutorial of our cute banner!

First: materials


You’ll need:

  1. Cute papers to cut into triangles, however many you want
  2. Cute scissors to cut the papers into the triangles
  3. Twine or thread or ribbon – I used twine
  4. Tiny clothes pins to hang the triangles

Now! Step 1: Cut the papers into triangles. Whatever sizes you want! I chose to do mine small, and I had 5 papers and 20 clothes pins, so 4 triangles from each different paper.


Step 2: Cut your twine or thread or whatever you decided to use to the length that you want it. Then, add on your triangles by clipping them onto the twine with the clothes pins. You can put them as close as you want – your project, your way!


And that’s how you make it! Mostly. You see, we ran into a problem…


The clothes pins were too heavy, so the pretty colors weren’t showing! So, we have two ways of solving this:

  1. Tape a coin to the back if your triangles are big enough. This will weigh it down and keep it flat. I did this to only one of my triangles because mine were too small.
  2. Put tape to the back of a few of the triangles and tape them to the wall or whatever you are hanging this against. This is what I did.


You can see the tape from the side, but I’m not worried about that. My focus is the front of the look, not the side. If you want to try to avoid this problem, I would say get glue or tape to put the triangles on the twine, or pull the twine tight so they don’t have a chance to turn upside down. We wanted the clothes pin look though, so we kept it as is.


And there you go! Final look! If I did this again (which I probably will because you can NEVER have enough decorations) I would make my triangles a bit bigger probably, and select bolder colors. But I had fun doing it, and that’s the point!

Here’s some examples of the finished product.





That’s it! Let me know if you try this out and how it turns out!


Books in the images:

  1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  3. Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Tree from Goodwill

Backgrounds from Hobby Lobby


Thanks for checking this out! And as always, Stay happy, stay strong, be free!

^-^ Annastasia