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How To Make Paper Hearts For Valentine's Day

Updated on February 10, 2012
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Ah, can you smell that?

I was always that geeky kid that danced a jig when it was arts & crafts time at school. Well, I danced inside my head, I was too shy to do it anywhere else!

Just smelling Elmer's glue brings back so many memories. Popsicle sticks and construction paper. Glitter and fuzzy pom-poms. Crayons and markers. My friends sitting beside me giggling. Betty Lou with her pretty blue hair and Tommy the no-tail unicorn. The time I sniffed too much glue and started hallucinating. Ah, good times.

Anyway, getting back to the present. These paper hearts are very easy to make. I made a bunch and just turned them into an art project, but you could probably string some together and make garland. You could use them for many things, just use your imagination!

I've included a tutorial. The photos are not perfect, but I hope you get the idea between them and the directions. These are not complicated at all! Have fun!

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Let's make some groovy hearts!



Supplies:

  • Construction paper
  • tape, glue, or stapler(I used staples)
  • pen(I used a Sharpie)
  • scissors



Directions:

  1. Cut construction paper into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Draw or doodle on strips. You can also leave them plain.
  3. Fold strip over so that both ends meet.
  4. Fold over about 1/4 inch at end.
  5. While holding the 1/4 inch end in one hand, push the middle of the loop down with other hand and down into the fold.
  6. Secure with glue, tape, or staples. (I found that staples are much easier and you can make them faster, too!)
  7. Shape sides with fingers.
  8. Voilà! A construction paper heart!




About my arts & crafts project

I wanted to do something with all those little hearts I made so I decided to make a wall hanging for my living room. Instead of buying a canvas, I usually make my own with cardboard and newspaper. The cardboard gives me something substantial to build on and the newspaper adds texture. So, this is cardboard, newspaper, acrylic paint, Mod Podge, and paper hearts! It's ready to hang! What do you think?

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Victoria Lynn, I'm glad I made you laugh! Humor is the best! Thank you for the votes and for stopping by!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Brett, I still dance a jig when I'm about to do some crafting! Although, I do need to stop dancing in the craft aisle at Wal-mart every time an idea hits me! They frown on that.

      Thanks for the votes and for sharing this, I really do appreciate it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sweet ideas! And love the Elmer's Glue reminiscing! haha. Thanks for the hub. Voted up and others!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      So simple, yet very effective ... even I could make these. I knew this was going to be a funny hub from the first line "I was always that geeky kid that danced a jig when it was arts & crafts time at school.".

      SOCIALLY SHARED, up, funny and useful.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Wendy Finn: Thank you for stopping by and the vote up!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Leenie Pooh: Thank you!

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      Wendy Finn 5 years ago from UK

      Very cute and easy. Brings back memories of when I used to do quilling. Voted up.

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      Leenie Pooh 5 years ago

      Paper hearts have been around forever but you've taken them to the next level with your beautiful project. Inspiring!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      rebeccamealey: Thanks for the votes! I'm glad you were entertained!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ayliss08: These are very easy to make! Thanks for the vote up and for stopping by!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Faceless39: Thank you for the votes! I really appreciate it!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Voted up and funny. Cute ideas told in a really entertaining Hub!

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      ayliss08 5 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Nice work, really easy and interesting crafts! It would be fun to make the impressive hearts only with paper, pen, and sissors...Voted up!

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      Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up, awesome, and useful. What a cute end result, and I love the swirly designs on the sides. Great job! :)