Heart to Heart- Easy Paper Crafts

31 Jan

One of the first things that you think about if you are thinking of Saint Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped symbol.

Image: extreamcardsandpapercrafting.com

The above photo is a sample of a simple made large heart constructed by adding several small heart-shaped loops. The strips are loops connected by a stapled, taped, or glued ends. Vary the width of your paper strips for a different looks if you like. Best place to start: make one heart and then build upon that one adding to the top section with glued tip ends.

Image: instructables.com

The above photo is an example of how a simple paper weave can be cut into a shape of a heart and used as a Valentine.  Just use various paper strips and weave over under technique. You can buy pre- cut quilling paper strips at your local craft store or make your own strips from a paper shredder. I have a hand-held shredder that works perfect for this project.

Image: villageactivity.uk.com

The red and white paper heart above is also woven. Each half  dome-cut paper has three slits cut to matching points and then linked together at the end point, weaving the halves. More ideas in this blog will show you without words how to make your cuts and construct these little woven baskets.  Enjoy making them simply or more complex looking.

Image: pompomemporium.com

Use felt material as a medium, the same technique of cutting slits and weaving together two parts form a new look. Place candy or paper notes inside, add a handle or hanging loop. In the past I have had various aged students create these weaving projects from construction paper and they were easily created by grade levels as early as first grade.

STEP ONE: SIMPLE SKILL VERSION

Enjoy including creativity into your day today.  I am sure that at least one of these projects featured will be a great family activity to do together or to do in a classroom setting.

STEP TWO: MEDIUM SKILL VERSION

STEP THREE: ADVANCED WEAVES

For a little bit of a challenge in making an advanced version weave, vary where the split lines will go and the pattern will take on a new design!  Best of luck and have fun creating! Use the heart decorations for your home or to give as great paper gifts to others, include the directions or supplies for an added bonus. Spread the word about being creative every day!

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6 Responses to “Heart to Heart- Easy Paper Crafts”

  1. PeggyLee Hanson February 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    how fun and cute are these?! absolutely love the first photo project — the heart of hearts.

  2. Roberta Budvietas February 1, 2012 at 2:09 AM #

    With an anniversary the week before Valentine’s day, I have not celebrated this occasion in over 40 years ago.
    BUT – paper craft is dear to the hearts of my family so have sent on to my granddaughter

  3. V. Campos-Hallstrom (@ClubCreativeArt) January 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM #

    It is too bad that this day can envoke mixed messages of happiness and panic. I personally like it to be a simple day, with plenty of smiles plus the added chocolate. Yes, these projects have great potiential to keep kids occupied in crafting.

  4. RAAckerman @ Cerebrations.biz January 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM #

    When I think of Valentine’s Day- two things come to mind. Pressure and whew- I can escape since it starts with a Saint. But, seriously…
    These are great little projects that will entertain tykes for days on end. Thanks for sharing.

  5. clubcreativestudio January 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM #

    Thank you, Donna. Try making these in “mini form” so that they are adaptable to card-making and other tiny paper crafts. The more complex weave patterns will be a challenge but, with patience…it can be done. Use a toothpick to help fold your strips over and under, picking up each section instead of your fingers. Also, utilize your scraps, anyone who loves paper- has a hard time letting go of every piece-large or small. Let us know how your items turn out!

  6. Donna K January 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

    This is a post close to my “heart”! You know the paper crafts always catch my eye. Thanks for another post that inspires creativity!

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