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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Paper Heart Tutorial

Hello, friends!  Today I am going old school and sharing the paper Valentine's heart holder that I make in my classroom every year.  These are a fun alternative to the decorated shoe box.  The students love it, because they've never seen these before.  They have so much fun decorating them.  
The list is endless in the way these paper hearts can be used.  Usually, I let my students decorate them with paper hearts they've cut out, and I write their name on the front.  It's amazing just how many Valentine cards and candy these hearts will hold.  
They are so easy to make.

Paper heart valentine's day card holder

                       This year I got creative and  made a bouquet of hearts to fill with candy and notes.

Bouquet of Paper hearts valentine's day love notes card holder




Supplies:

12 x 18 piece of construction for large heart
scissors
glue or stapler
pencil


To make it easy to center the heart at the top, I fold the construction paper in half, and make a very small crease in the corner.  

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

Lightly draw a line in the crease, and draw the heart shape that you want to cut out.  

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

                                           Cut out the heart shape at the top of the paper.


                           

  Next, fold the bottom of the construction paper almost in half.  A very small part of the heart should be showing.  

how to fold a Valentine's paper heart tutorial

Next, you want to fold both of the edges to the center.  Once again, to make sure I have it centered correctly, I always make another small crease at the bottom center.  Fold the corner of the heart to the center, and repeat on the other side.  It should look like the photo below. 

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

how to fold a paper heart tutorial
                                                                                       
Once both sides are folded to the center, either staple or glue the pieces down.  A stapler is so much faster and easier.  The staples will be covered by the folded piece of paper.                                                                                                      

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

The last step is to fold the small remaining piece of paper down.  This piece can also be stapled if you are going to be decorating over it.  

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

You can leave the fold pointed on the ends, fold and tape to the back, or use craft scissors to trim it.

Valentine's Day paper heart craft

I made the smaller hearts the exact same way, except you have to adjust the length of the paper.  Cut the desired size you want to make, and follow the same steps.

how to fold a paper heart tutorial

Now it's time for the fun part of the project.  Time to decorate.  At school, my students cut out construction paper hearts and glue them on the hearts.  You can use stickers, appliques, yarn, etc. 

Paper Heart Valentine's holder tutorial

Here is a heart attached to a skewer and stuck in a covered coffee can.  I have used these at parties to hold plastic utensils and napkins.  Leave the plastic lid on the coffee can, and stick the skewer through the lid to hold it in place. 

how to make paper hearts


A few fun uses for the paper heart holder:

* Add to a poster board and use as a Valentine's Day countdown

*Hang on a door knob as a flower holder

*Fill it full of goodies for your favorite Valentine

*Small hearts are great for table place cards

*Fill with candy for party favors

These are just a few ideas, but there are so many ways to get creative with these easy to make hearts.  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.  I so appreciate it.  Have a wonderful week, friends!

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25 comments:

Selene Galindo said...

This is such an adorable idea! My daughter would love to make one of these! Thanks for sharing Kathie!

Winnie said...

Very cute and super beautiful!!
We don't celebrate Valentine's Day and but we do have a similar holiday in a few months - and I'd loooooove to make these with my nieces.

Rox said...

Great idea! Sharing this with my homeschool buddies!

J said...

These are so pretty! I love the origami effect even though they are simple to make. Yes, they do look "old school" and at first I thought these were what I made in elementary grades. Actually ours were decorated paper bags or tissue boxes! I love posts that bring back memories like this! Happy Valentine's Day, Kathy!

Anne said...

So cute!Love this sweet and easy project!
xx
Anne

sweetinspirationsbyjpdesigns.blogspot.com said...

Wow...memories, of my own school days, so long ago! Thanks for sharing something for me to pass on to my grands!

Paula Miller said...

I love these paper heart holders :) Valentine's Day is so much fun to celebrate.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend and linking up with my NO RULES party!

Have a great week,
Paula
lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

Doreen@househoneys said...

How cute Kathy! I couldn't help but think of the airplanes the boys in class would make and throw them at me! lol I love how you can put things in these and how creative you can be with this. You are too much!

Cynthia Landrie said...

I wish my daughter was still young, I know she would love making these. Of course, yours look very pretty in the vase and I could use that in my house!

Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I can’t wait to see what you bring next week!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

Tonna @ USS Crafty said...

Cute Valentines craft! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

Tammy Henderson said...

Very Cute Kathy... I bet your student love having a teacher that is so creative! Thanks for sharing and linking up.

A to Zebra Celebrations said...

Super cute Kathy! I hope you stop by to share- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-7.html

Nancy

SweetPepperRose said...

Kathy, you are so creative!

Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile said...

Kathy,
Thank you for linking up. What a cute idea.
Happy Valentine's,
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

Betty Contreras said...

sent by Little Mom on the Prairie!
GREAT blog!

J. Rae said...

You've been featured at Little Mom on the Prairie!
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Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks, Kathy, for linking up and WOW you are a crafty lady!! Take care, Linda

Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks, Kathy, for linking up and WOW you are a crafty lady!! Take care, Linda

Susie Buetow said...

Adorable!!! We love this sweet Valentine project. Thank you for submitting to the Crafty Showcase! xoxo susie @bowdabra

Ps- here is the newest linky http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/16/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky/

Jann Olson said...

So cute Kathy! My friend gave me a darling one with candy bars and such a few years ago. It was too cute to eat so I put it out every year for decor. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Peggy Hale said...

Hi Kathy! I remember these! So glad you shared the tutorial on how to make them. My grandchildren will love doing these. Thanks for linking up this week at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

What a cute arrangement! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing with us at the Monday Funday link party!

Take care,

Trish

Fluster Buster said...

Kathy. this is such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

Katherines Corner said...

great tutorial. Sorry I'm late getting here...thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

Christine said...

Oh WOW Kathy!!!! That's so cute!!!! I'm going to have to make some!

Thanks so much for partying at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!!

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