Heart Stitch Handmade Wedding Belly Band

DIY paper heart wedding invitation belly band | Download & Print

Today's post is dedicated to all the closet DIYers out there... as in those whose craft supplies never make it out of the closet. If you would happily scan Pinterest for someone to make all the amazing crafts you've pinned, I'm talking to you. If you are worried that the project looks fabulous on Pinterest, but in reality will turn out to be a Pinterest fail, keep reading.

This DIY is so sweet and simple you have no excuse to not dust the cobwebs off your craft closet.

This handmade paper heart belly band holds your invitation and RSVP together in a neat package. It proves that DIY projects do not have to be time consuming, expensive, or complicated. Crafting is supposed to be fun and rewarding, a stress-relief. If it wasn't, Pinterest would be out of business!

As you plan your handmade wedding it's easy to become over-eager in the crafts department. Don't try to tackle every project you fall in love with. A few DIYs that satisfy your inner craft-goddess as well as provide a personal touch to your big day will keep you sane, (as opposed to turning you into the glitter covered, snarling, sleep-deprived, glue-gun wielding bride of Pinterest nightmares).

And sometimes simple and sweet packs just as big a punch as overly complicated.

In this tutorial I've made the belly band with a paper heart. If you would like a more folksy feel a decorative button would be equally adorable, and save you on DIY time. Dress It Up has a huge array of themed buttons, you're bound to find something to tie in with your wedding theme.

I've paired the belly band with our tall Doodle Love invitation and RSVP. I like the way the simple heart looks with the doodles, and it adds a pop of color to the black design.



Step 1: Punch Hearts

Punch paper hearts for DIY belly band | Download & Print

If you are using buttons, skip this step.

Punch hearts from card stock.

Use your mini hole punch to punch two holes into each heart for threading. There is no right or wrong way to punch the holes, just make sure they are not too close to the edge. I wanted my hearts at an angle on the thread, so I punched them along one of the straight edges of the heart.

Step 2: Thread Cord

Thread hemp cord through paper hearts | Download & Print

Cut a length of hemp cord long enough to reach around your invitation and knot.

Thread the cord through your heart or button, moving the heart to the center of the cord.

Step 3: Tie

Tie DIY paper heart belly band around wedding invitation | Download & Print

Stack your invitation, RSVP and envelope, and enclosure card. Tie the heart and cord around the stationery stack, knotting at the back. Center the heart on the front and trim the cord tails at the back.

DIY paper heart wedding belly band | Download & Print

With template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

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Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

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