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Valentine Paper Crafts:
How To Make A Valentine 'Heart Of Hearts'

Valentine paper crafts: 'heart of hearts' made of colored card

Valentine paper crafts like this 'heart of hearts' are quick and easy to make. Scale them up or down to suit your space - you can make ginormous hearts using this technique!  They're sweet, homemade Valentine ideas for a wall, door or shelf!

You will need:

  • flexible colored card between 170gsm/3-sheet/230 microns and 220gsm/4-sheet/280 microns. (I used 240gsm card and that was a bit on the stiff side);
  • cutting mat;
  • craft knife;
  • metal ruler
  • stapler or glue.

How To Make These Valentine Paper Crafts:

Valentines day craft idea: hearts made of paper strips
Cut paper strips in the "correct" direction.

Step 1: Prepare - Analyze the paper direction before cutting loads of paper strips. You want the paper to bend with ease and grace, rather than break and ruin your work. The easiest way to find out which direction to cut your strips is to cut one inch-wide strip in each direction, make tester hearts and compare the results.

Valentines day craft idea: hearts made of paper strips
Fold a paper strip, and staple (or glue) the fold.

Step 2: Cut card strips between ½ and 1 inch wide. (A wider strip will give the construction more stability. My strips were exactly 1 inch wide.)  Fold a strip over and staple it about ¼ inch in from the fold.

If you want to glue your Valentine paper crafts instead of stapling them, take step 3 before 2b. Then place a little glue right inside the bend, fold and let dry thoroughly before you continue.

folded paper strip

I prefer stapling because it's fast and reliable, but you can't hide the staples. I quite like that because it takes some of the, well, baroqueness out of this Valentine ornament.

Preparing a valentine paper heart
Tease the both sides of the strip into gentle curves.

Step 3: Prepare the heart shape. This is very important, particularly if the card stock is not very bendy. If you don't prep the strip it could break. Gently but persistently tease each side of the strip into a nice round curve.

Pink heart made of paper strips
Staple or glue the heart into shape.

Step 4: Make paper hearts. Loads of paper hearts, in different sizes.

Valentine's day crafts: hearts made of paper strips

Step 5: Lay out a heart shape:

How to make a Valentine heart out of paper
Bottom tip of the Valentine heart.

Step 6: Once you have composed a satisfactory heart shape, plot out where you're going to glue the hearts together:

Valentines day craft idea: hearts made of paper strips
Heart, complete

Then, start gluing from the top or bottom of the heart and work your way to the other end. Place the glue at the center of the strip to keep the gluing points invisible.

And then you're done! You can easily make more than one of these Valentine paper crafts in one afternoon.)

How to make a Valentine heart out of paper

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