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Two-Step Paper Heart Craft for Kids

Updated on March 26, 2012
Easy to make!
Easy to make!

This easy craft project teaches measurement, and the finished product really makes a statement!

Supplies
Supplies

You will need:

  • Pink and red construction paper (one piece each)
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Stapler
  • Thread - pink, red, or white

A paper cutter makes creating the strips fast and easy
A paper cutter makes creating the strips fast and easy
The finished strips
The finished strips

Trimming the Paper

  1. Cut the construction paper into strips that are 11" long by 1" wide. I like to use a paper cutter for this part to keep the lines straight. You will need seven strips for each heart.
  2. Set aside two strips of the same color. These will be the outside of the heart. I used red for this example.
  3. Take two strips of another color (pink in this example) and trim each of them to 9" long. This is a great time for kids to practice measuring and cutting!
  4. Get two more strips of the original color (red) and trim each of them to 7" long.
  5. Take the last strip (pink) and trim it to 5" long. This will be the center of your heart.

Staple the strips together at one end. This is the bottom of the heart.
Staple the strips together at one end. This is the bottom of the heart.
Line up the ends of three strips from one side with the center strip, overlapping about one inch.
Line up the ends of three strips from one side with the center strip, overlapping about one inch.
The completed heart
The completed heart

Assembling the Heart

  1. Line the strips up in order, with the shortest strip in the middle and progressively longer strips on each side. The order will be 11" strip, 9" strip, 7" strip, 5" strip, 7" strip, 9" strip, 11" strip.
  2. Pick the strips up in order from left to right and line up the ends of the strips so that they are evenly stacked.
  3. Staple the strips together about one inch from the end. This is the bottom of the heart.
  4. Line up the ends of the three strips on one side of the center strip. The longer ones will bow slightly.
  5. Curve the three strips downward so that the ends of the three strips are about one inch from the open end of the short center strip. Staple these strips to the center strip.
  6. Repeat this process with the strips on the other side. The end result will be a heart shape.

Hang two in a window for a nice touch.
Hang two in a window for a nice touch.

Display Ideas

My favorite way to use these hearts is to hang them in a window. To do this, take a piece of thread and feed it through the center of the heart, knotting it at the end. Then hang it from a suction cup hook placed on the window for a nice effect.

You can also make these into a mobile by taking two craft sticks or chopsticks and tying them into an "X" shape. Then hang hearts from each of the four ends, using different lengths of thread, and hang from the ceiling.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this craft is going to be a hit among my nieces this valentine's day. Very easy craft. I think teens and kids could make them easily. Voted up

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      robertlucian 

      5 years ago

      really cool activity and fun. Thanks for the great resource!

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      5 years ago from Indiana

      Marcy and Summerberrie - Thank you so much! I adapted this from a paper Christmas ornament craft. My son loves to make them every year around Valentine's Day. We usually hang them in our windows. Thanks for noticing one of my very first hubs!!

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      summerberrie 

      5 years ago

      These look like so much fun! These would be great hanging in a classroom or on bulletin board. Thanks for the great resource!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are just darling! I love the heart motif, and it's always great to find crafts kids can do easily (with little mess, and very few materials!).

      Voted up, and socially shared.

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks wayseeker! It is really easy and turns out cute.

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      wayseeker 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Love the simplicity here and clear directions. My daughter will love this, and I enjoy finding new "craftsy" activities for us to share. Thanks for posting it!

      wayseeker

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      I'm glad you liked it! They are really fun to make. Thanks for reading.

    • lady rain profile image

      lady rain 

      6 years ago from Australia

      This is a really cool activity for kids. Thank you for sharing.

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