DIY: Paper Heart Chain

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Gia absolutely loves doing crafts. One of her most favorite things to do is paint, so we do crafts and paint at least 3 times a week. With Valentine’s day right around the corner, it was time to DIY it up a little, so we made a Paper Heart Chain!

DIY Paper Heart Chain |

Last week I saw this tutorial about how to make a paper heart chain and thought it would be fun to make a really long one to hang up. I watched the video about 7 million times and kept getting it wrong. First the hearts weren’t connected. Then they were connected, but they weren’t hearts…they were half hearts. Gia sat next to me and watched as I replayed the video and cut, cut, cut. “Mommy, what are you trying to do?” I told her I wanted to make hearts that were connected. She took one look at my latest piece of butchered paper and said, “Um, Mommy, those don’t look like hearts. You’re doing it wrong.” What can I say? My child is very observant.

Once I got it right and made a small one, I set my sights on a longer one we could hang on our mantle using a piece of paper I cut from a roll of white paper we happened to have. Then I let Gia paint it and we hung it. She absolutely loves seeing it displayed.

If you’re inclined to try it, first try it with a regular size piece of construction paper. Then, once you know what you’re doing, make any length chain you want!

 DIY Paper Heart Chain


Step 1:

Cut a piece of construction paper in half the long way. Then accordion fold it.

DIY Paper Heart Chain |

Step 2

Cut out a heart and fold it in half. When the hear is folded it should be a little thinner than the accordion folded paper. Then, line the straight edge of heart up against the “open” side of the paper. Draw 2 lines that will “connect” the hearts to each other. The 2 connecting lines should touch the folded side of the paper.

DIY Paper Heart Chain |

Step 3

Trace the heart and cut it out, making sure to leave the little “connection” intact.

DIY Paper Heart Chain |

Step 4

Unfold it and…voila! You have a paper heart chain!

DIY Paper Heart Chain |

Making a long paper heart chain for our mantle was no different than the steps above. The hardest part was cutting through so many layers of folded paper.


Love Valentine’s Day? Check out this post: My favorite Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

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  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    this is so cute!! would be so fun for a valentine’s party. pinning it!

    2-02-15 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Drama Queen's Momma

    Super cute! I remember doing these when I was a kid!

    2-02-15 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Bri @ Simple Delights

    Very cute! My best friend has two little ones and is always looking for fun crafts to do with them. I will definitely share this. Thanks!

    2-02-15 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Nancy

    I am kicking myself right now! I love this!! And I just bought something super similar to this at wal mart yesterday!!! 🙁 Darn! Saving this for next year 🙂 This is my first time visiting your blog and LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    2-02-15 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Megan

    So adorable! I can’t wait to make this with my son tomorrow! ❤️❤️❤️

    2-02-15 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I love it! I think Valentine’s is the cutest holiday for DIY stuff. This is totally adorable!

    2-02-15 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Amanda Evans

    You know, I never knew how to do that little connection piece haha. Thank so much! Love how clean and organized your blog is!

    2-03-15 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Kate

    This is adorable! I will have to give it a try, so fun!

    2-07-15 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    What a cute idea. It would be great for bridal showers, and anniversary parties too! We’re so happy to have you co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty 🙂 Welcome!

    Life With Lorelai

    3-06-15 at 5:16 pm
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  • Reply DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Cute, esp. as it looked like your kids helped decorate them. That’s the best kind of decorating! Visiting from #MeetUpMonday link party.

    2-01-16 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Rachael Fernandez

    Looks like a fun craft for the kids to do and make Valentine’s Day feel special for everyone. Thanks for hosting the Meetup Monday Link-up ☺.

    2-01-16 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Christine

    It’s so cute!!

    2-02-16 at 2:12 pm
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