2.09.2010

Paper Hearts Tutorial

Have an adorable, yet very bored kindergartener at your house*?  Here's a super cute, quick and easy Valentine's project that you can do together.
*The adorable, yet bored kindergartener is optional and not neccessary for this project.
Regular children, happy children or even no children at all yields similar results. :)
 
1.  Gather your supplies.  Paper cutter, old double-sided scrapbook paper in Kindergarteners choice, ribbon and a good stapler. 



2.  Cut paper into 1" strips.  Quite possibly the favorite part of the activity.


3.  Then cut those strips to two of each size - 12", 11", 10", 9" and 8".  


4.  Starting with your 12" strip, lay your 11" strip on top of it and so forth until you have stacked five strips.  Repeat so you have two stacks of five.  I alternated the pattern since we only used one style of paper.  These are especially cute in multi-colors.


5.  The stack the strips that your longest strip is back to back.  This the top of your heart.  It's important that you have the same pattern facing each other.  Staple about one inch up on the stack that are all the same length.  (I have also attached the hearts together with a hole punch and a brad with a piece of ribbon sandwiched in between to hang it from.  This method works best for attaching the ribbon.  Otherwise, you can glue a ribbon in-between the layers or thread it through after like I have done in this tutorial.)


6.  Bend down the strips so that it forms the heart shape.  You will want to make sure that all the layers match up flush to the base of your heart.  This makes the cute fan out layered heart.


7.  Do to both sides and staple or punch brad in it to hold.  Voila!  Super cute heart!


I threaded ribbon through the hearts to hang them.  This one was my little helpers favorite.  "Ooo!  It's SOOOOOOO bootiful!"  she exclaimed.


You can make them any size as long as you follow the basic directions.  The little one in the picture below was made with the scraps.   



I would love to see your hearts if you make them too.  Please send them my way!

8 comments:

Sharmyn said...

How adorable! Aren't you clever??

~Kimberly said...

Very cute! My kids have had 1/2 day of school the past 2 weeks due to snow! So this is definitely something I can do to keep them busy! Thanks for sharing!

Kem said...

Love these Meg.... I think that this will become my next Val project.

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

How pretty and easy to make! I think you need to give photography lessons...you rock!

~Kim

the mama monster said...

cute megan! too bad i only have ugly paper though.hmmmm maybe using felt would work?!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Cute heart, cuter kindergartner!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Too cute! I'll have to keep this in mind when my LO gets a bit older!

Blessings, Grace

Jenny Helm said...

Hey. just happened upon your blog in an online search on how to make these hearts! Love it!

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