Hello ‘shabbilicious’ friends,
We all know that the heart shape is recognised the world over as a symbol of love, which makes these little folded paper hearts perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Imagine what you could do with them….
Attach them to a card or tag, chocolates or flowers. Decorate with them, make a garland of folded hearts or perhaps hide them for others to find for a sweet Valentine surprise.
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The paper hearts can be made using any colour paper.
I’ve used a collection of pink papers for a shabby theme, but if red is your preference for Valentine’s Day, simply use red papers.
How to make Paper Hearts
1. I used A4 copy paper to make my hearts. If you are in the US, you can use letter size paper.
You can either use coloured paper or as I did, print digital paper designs onto your copy paper.
2. The 3 heart sizes I made were:
large – A4 size paper, makes 1 heart.
medium – A5 size paper (A4 sheet folded in half to make 2 x A5 sheets), A4 sheet makes 2 hearts.
small – A6 size paper (A5 sheet folded in half to make 2 x A6 sheets), A4 sheet makes 4 hearts.
- Fold your sheet of paper in half and using something round like a plate or as I did, a roll of tape, trace a round edge at the top of the paper opposite the folded edge. Cut around this outline, ensuring you cut through both layers.
- 3 & 4. Unfold the paper, You should now have a piece of paper that is almost oval in shape. These rounded ends will form the top of the heart once folded.
5. Fold the paper in a concertina, being sure to keep the edges of the folds crisp.
6. Fold the concertina strip in half, so that the round ends meet.
7. Using a glue stick, apply glue to the concertina edges that meet in the middle and join together (you may need a clip or peg to hold closed while drying). Once dry, open out the top of the heart, while keeping the base pointed. You now have a heart shape.
As you’ll see, these paper hearts are incredibly quick to make and would even be a great project for the kids to make.
How would you use a folded paper heart?
I’m going to include mine as decoration on a platter of cakes for Valentine’s Day, as well as tucking them into vignettes around our home this weekend.
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Happy crafting my friends!
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