Traditional kissing dangles
will liven up your Valentine’s Day party, or just hang around like
mistletoe when you need a smooch. No doubt you have heard the old Dutch
saying, "If you kiss under a dangle, your hearts will entangle."
No? Well, it is true nonetheless.
All it takes is vintage images of couples in love,
few cupids, beads and string. And a touch of romance.
Colorful string or cord (we used red satin
Glue stick or other paper adhesive.
Assorted beads, buttons or other stringables.
Craft knife (or razor blade) and cutting mat.
Scissors will work fine.
template on your four images and cut them out. Accuracy counts in this
craft. The cutting secret is - move the paper, not the
Fold each heart down the center.
glue on one half of a heart and glue
another heart to it, back to back. Repeat with the third heart.
Cut your cord to the right length and tie a
knot in one end. String some beads, buttons or whatever down at the
down the center seam of your three glued hearts. Position it so your
beads hang down from the bottom point of the hearts.
Glue your fourth heart in place over the cord.
Tie a knot just above the heart, and string
some more beads. More knots. More beads.
Hang it where mature audiences can appreciate
Here’s a secret for cutting perfectly using a
template. Lay your uncut template over your uncut image. Hold them up
to the light to align them the way you want to cut. Staple the template
to the image, working around the outside of the template. Now, they
will stay together while you cut.
String two or three hearts together on one
cord, if you have a high doorway or a chandelier that needs adorning.
Embellish your dangle by scalloping the edge of
each heart using a hole punch (like we did), or adding an edging of