Saturday, February 11, 2012

heart paper chains {tutorial}

What do you do when all the decoration supplies you have are paper, scissors, and stapler?  Why... make heart paper chains, of course! :)

We were looking for a fun way to use our office cardstock supply to whip up some quick heart decorations, but the thought of just cutting out a bunch of little hearts seemed daunting to me (I had a long day :P), so instead I opted to make these heart paper chains.  I like them because they're quick and cute... and also because we have a paper slicer that did all the cutting for me. ;)

[again, I apologize for the terrible photos... I had to use a cellphone to snap the pictures.]

First step is to cut your paper into strips.  Mine are 6 inches x 1 inch wide.  I wanted to make my chains two-toned, so I used different colors.

Then start with 4 strips.  Sandwich them so that one of the colors is sandwiched between the other color (for example, mine is white, red, red, white).

 Line them up, and staple.  I stapled mine pretty close to the edge, but if you move it further away, it creates 'fatter' hearts. :)

 Bring down the two outside strips to make the heart shape.  Before you staple it down, add two more strips of the next color for the next heart.  This creates the "chain".

Then staple together. :)

Repeat the process, and make it as long as you'd like!

If you notice, I left a strip at the top that wasn't "heart-ed".  This was so I could join it with the last heart in my chain, and make a paper heart wreath, which ends up looking like this:

If you don't like the wreath look, you can start with just two strips of paper, and add on as you go. :)

I had a ton of fun making these in all different colors.  They look pretty nice hung up:

Enjoy! :)

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool! What a fabulous idea. I love it!