Pleated Paper Hearts

These hearts are a great way to use up scrap paper.  You can make them in many sizes and colors.  Hearts, of course, are perfect decorations for Valentine's Day, but these also make cute decorations for baby showers, bridal showers, or an afternoon tea.  They are quick and easy to make, so you can put together a garland or a wreath in no time. 

You will need:

Colorful scrap paper

Scissors

Tape or a stapler

Ribbon, if you wish to hang up the hearts

                                 

Step 1.  Cut paper strips.

Cut rectangles from colorful paper.  You want them to be about twice as long as they are wide, but it doesn't have to be exact.  I like to use up bits of scrap paper so my rectangles are often in varied sizes.  The hearts always turn out well.

                         
 

Step 2.  Fold the paper.

Fold the paper accordion style using folds about 1/2 inch wide.  If you want a lacy heart, cut a few triangles into each edge of the paper.

 
                                                      

Step 3.  Shape your heart.

Open the paper and then fold it in half.  Cut an arch shape at the top of paper.

                                                           
 

Step 4.  Finish the heart.

Open the paper all the way.  Gather the pleats at the bottom of the heart and tape or staple them together. 

 
 

Step 5.  Decorate with your hearts.

There are many uses for these hearts.  You can use them to make a garland.  Or punch a hole in the top, add a loop of ribbon, and hang them in a window or from your rear view mirror.  Glue one to rod to make a fairy wand.  Use them for Valentines!  You can even use them as Christmas ornaments.

 

The human heart is an amazing organ.  Your heart is a little bigger than your fist and beats between 50 and 80 times a minute.  That is 72,000 to 115,200 times a day! 

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