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!
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
Cut a piece of construction paper in half the long way. Then accordion fold it.
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.
Trace the heart and cut it out, making sure to leave the little “connection” intact.
Unfold it and…voila! You have a 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.
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