DIY Valentine’s Day Banner With Vintage Playing Cards

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 27, 2016

Valentine's Day banner with vintage playing cards

I love super-easy DIY projects. Those are the ones I have time for, and those are the ones I create for you to enjoy or to be inspired by.

I always want you to feel like you can do any of my projects.

Here is another one.

Decorating for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be elaborate. Remember the Valentine’s Day centerpiece I just threw together?

You can make this Valentine’s Day banner with vintage playing cards in just a few minutes — no glue gun required.

The kids can help you with this, it’s that easy.

DIY Valentine's Day banner with vintage playing cards, DagmarBleasdale.comI reused vintage playing cards, but you can use new ones, of course. You can usually find them at the dollar store, for example.

I’ve accumulated several vintage decks of cards during my thrifting trips, and for this banner I repurposed cards from a small kids-size card deck.

DIY Valentine’s Day Banner With Vintage Playing Cards

Supplies you’ll need:

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner,

  • hearts playing cards
  • yarn or ribbon or jute like this
  • Valentine’s Day-themed dimensional stickers or cutouts (here are some from Martha Stewart)
  • mini clothespins (here are some on Amazon)

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner, DagmarBleasdale.comI bought the stickers, red yarn, and red clothespins at the craft store for a few dollars each, and combined them with the little playing cards.

I left enough of the see-through backing of the dimensional stickers on them so they are actually not sticky and can be used again for another project.

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner, DagmarBleasdale.comDecide where you want to hang the banner. In my case it was our mantel, and I measured how much yarn I’d need. I added some extra and then cut the yarn to that length.

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner, DagmarBleasdale.comThen I just played around with how I wanted to arrange the playing cards and the stickers.

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner, DagmarBleasdale.comSince I used clothespins, it was super easy to change my mind and change the spacing of the cards or the order of them.

easy DIY Valentine's Day banner, DagmarBleasdale.comWhen I hung the banner on the mantel, I adjusted it again, and this is what it looks like right now in our living room.

DIY Valentine's Day banner with vintage playing cards,

I also used the little clothespins to attach the banner to the runner on top of our mantel. Easy peasy. Done.

DIY Valentine's Day banner with vintage playing cards, DagmarBleasdale.comCute, right?

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Even if you usually don’t, this banner is a perfect first project to tackle.

It would look sweet in many other spots of your hours: on your headboard, above a door, or draped over the back of a chair.

Need some adorable Valentine’s Day decor? Find these cute cookie cutters and more on Swoozie’s!

Valentine Cookie Cutters

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela Steward February 19, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the idea of using old cards!!! I’m thinking to make new cards look old again I could use sand paper. Not sure how I would get the color just right though. Any ideas??


DazzleWhileFrazzled February 4, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Love vintage things. Mantel looks so festive and cute! Great job!!


Dagmar Bleasdale February 5, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Thanks for coming by!


Suzy February 3, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Love this idea! So easy, but SO cute.


Sadie Seasongoods February 3, 2016 at 2:57 PM

This is adorable- I, of course, love the use of vintage playing cards in it. I’d *love* it if you’d link up with us at Talk of the Town!! (


Teresa February 3, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Great idea! We have several old decks around that we can use! Like you, these quick projects are all I have time for these days…

I would love if you could come and share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now! (


BeckyKay February 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Your mantel is just incredible! Really, really beautiful. That banner adds just the right touch of vintage Valentine’s Day!


Dagmar Bleasdale February 2, 2016 at 12:48 AM

Thanks, BeckyKay!


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