Easy Heart Garland Craft

Since my 6 year old daughter already has her Valentines made up, I thought I better get my act together and start my Valentine’s preparation!

Today I am sharing an easy to make heart garland. It is versatile and you only need construction paper, staples, and scissors. You can also use an Xacto knife to cut the strips which makes cutting faster and more accurate. You can create a vertical or horizontal version. I also made some singles to just play with, stack, and have fun arranging. You will need several sheets of construction paper (2 or more colors) and lots of staples!

Instructions:

Horizontal construction detail

Horizontal garland…

  1. Fold several sheets of construction paper the long way
  2. Open them back up and cut into 1 X 8.5 inch strips
  3. Refold strips and staple each just above the fold
  4. Stack several together alternating color and join them by stapling about half way up
  5. Bring the ends together, invert, then angle to the side to add a staple
  6. Repeat steps 5 for remaining hearts

Vertical hearts

Vertical garland…

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from horizontal version instructions
  2. Refold one strip and staple near the bottom
  3. Refold an alternating color strip and sandwich the fold between the inverted ends of the first strip, then angle to the side and staple.
  4. Repeat until you have the length you want

 

Stacking hearts

Singles…

  1. Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 from horizontal version instructions
  2. Bring the ends together, invert, and angle to the side, then add a staple

Have a favorite Valentine’s Day craft?  Please share a description or link in a comment!

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Now that you are all decorated and ready for Valentine’s Day about some Valentine inspired picture books.  Check out my list here!

Ann

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20 comments

  1. I like the vertical garland! I like repetitive crafts where I can zone out! I hope there’s still some construction paper to be found at the store! I like exclamation points today!

  2. Paper chains are one of my favourite things about any holiday and I love the difference this makes – I think I will have to make some for my children’s bedrooms this year for valentines day.

    Thank you for linking up to Made with Love

  3. SO ADORABLE AND SO NEATLY DONE. SO CLEVER AND SO PRETTY. LOVE THE PHOTO COMPOSITION OF THE HEARTS.
    WOW! WHERE DO YOU GET ALL THESE COOL IDEAS? ALL OUT OF YOUR HEAD, I GUESS. I AM IN AWE AND DELIGHTED WITH WITH ALL YOU COME UP WITH.

  4. I made these one vertical and one horizontal. The vertical one is an issue. When I try to hang it the weight of the paper is stretching out the hearts and making them look misshaped. How can that be prevented?

    • Hmm, I guess I didn’t make mine very long.
      You could try doubling up the construction paper or supporting the vertical one in a few additional places. Let me know if you come up with a better solution!
      Good luck Jennifer : )

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