January 9, 2012

Paper Strip Hearts

Do you see this - HEART paper strip ornaments?!?!  When I thought of this, I considered myself a genius.  Now I'm thinking this idea was probably out there all along....but I'll share with you anyway, with a quick and easy tutorial:
One of my favorite Christmas decorations this year was the paper strip ornaments, and recently I thought I could do the same thing for Valentine's decorations.... see, Christmas on the left, Valentine's on the right:
 Let me walk you through it, and once you made one you'll see how you can make it fatter, taller, more strips, less strips, etc.  First, you'll need strips of paper (mine are about 1 inch wide), scissors, and a stapler.
 Line them up on the floor like this - - cut 2 long ones and put them in the middle, cut 2 about an inch or two shorter than them and put one on each edge, then cut 2 short ones about an inch or two shorter than the middle ones and put them on the outside.  Sounds confusing, but just see the picture and it'll make sense:
 Then, working from left to right, stack them one on top of another.  Then staple the stack at the bottom:
 Now, pull those short outside two strips back over the staple and hold:
 Then pull back the middle strips and hold in the same spot:
 Then pull back the long strips and staple all the strips together where you were holding them.  That's it!
 You can see the 2 staple spots better in this picture:

Sidenote, these are tricky to get a picture of - especially with my helpers.  The preschooler was supposed to hold the hearts on strings while the toddler held the white background.  I got that one picture at the top and that was about it - but hey, they love to help....
 Enjoy!  You can make these - go try it!!  It's a craft for even the non-crafter!  I think they'd also look super cute as a banner swagging across a window or doorway, but I just love mine hanging over the table.
 And once again, super hard to take a picture, with the mirror there and all - - but you get the idea of the fabulousness - -

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

24 Fabulous Comments:

Well...you know...nothing new under the sun and all that jazz, but these are still cute. And easy. My kinda thing. ;)

These would be neat at my daughter's preschool! Thanks for the idea!

These are so fun! I'll have to make some for our Valentines Day party!

These are so cute! I love how you hung them from the light fixture (one of my favorite ways to show off ornaments!).

These are so cute! I will probably (definitely) be using these to decorate my future classroom. Thanks for sharing.
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I still have my christmas ones hanging up because the paper is from magazines but I'm definitely going to make some heart ones!

Who cares if they were out there before? I'm sure yours are slightly different.... and they are so sweet either way! I love how you hung them from the light fixture. great idea!

Aww I love these.. So cute! :) Shared them on my FB Page..

So cute! I actually come over to your blog to see your Paparazzi boards (I'm in southern California) and now I'm looking around at other things you've made. ha ha! Well, you have a new subscriber!

Super cute! Quick question- how did you attach the strings? Thanks!

to attach the string I just tied thread around the inside loop of the heart...

That's funny---Elizabeth and I have this conversation all the time---how we think something was our idea and then find out it has been done before----I'm getting convinced that there is no such thing as a new idea! Oh well at least we have fun.

Cute hearts!

Super cute! I am your newest follow

What a simple, yet darling project! Love it!

these are so cute, they look great hanging from the light!

I keep seeing these on Etsy - thanks for showing me how to make 'em! I have a big window that needs some love for Valentine's day - these should be perfect!

This is so pretty! I want to make a few for my desk at work! We need some decorations now that the holiday decs are gone : )

That's funny. We made round ones of these for Christmas ornaments (shaped like baubles) and thought they were so neat. Now i've seen tutorials for them all over the place.

Those are cute.. i wonder if i could get the kids to help me make them..

Why didn't you post this yesterday. I spent the afternoon trying to figure it out :)

These are so cute!! We are definitely going to make some in my house. I am your newest follower and would love to invite you to check out our sharing party on Saturday--called Sharing Saturday. I hope you will check it out and share! http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/

So cute! I love kid friendly crafts!!

I invite you to add this post (or any other Valentine's Day posts) the Find Some Love Fest on February 1st! 5 blogs, 1 party!


This is darling, Mandy! What a fun project to do with the kids! Thanks so much for sharing : )

Love Always,

Adorable! I will have to see if my daughter wants to make some for me!

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