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What you will make:
Wow your loved ones and friends with this accordion-style, three-dimensional
heart-shaped Valentine. It's just like store-bought centerpieces and party
favors that are fanned open in a circle to form 3-D objects. The trick to
making this 3-D Valentine is gluing the alternate edges of folded hearts together. A portion of a 3-D Valentine can also be used as a pop-up inside of
a Valentine, or as a gift box decoration.
This style of 3-D Valentine may be too difficult for many children, so Aunt Annie
offers a simpler alternative.
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper (red or pink is best)
- Optional: Stapler
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make Three-Dimensional Valentines
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the size of 3-D Valentine you want to make. There are patterns for small hearts: 2" by 2¼" (5 x 5.5 cm),
medium hearts: 2½" by 3¼" (6.5 x 8.5 cm), and large hearts: 3" by 4¼" (8 x 11 cm). Download and print
the pattern sheet of your choice. Be sure to print enough pattern sheets—each 3-D Valentine requires 18 to 24 hearts.
It's best to print the plain hearts on red or pink paper. If you don't have colored paper, print a colored pattern on white paper.
Print 2 sheets
Print 2 sheets
Print 3 or 4 sheets
Print 5 or 6 sheets
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut out the rectangle around each heart pattern. Make the cuts straight and the corners square.
- Step 3: Fold and Cut
Fold each rectangle in half on the dashed line. Cut around each
heart on the solid line. Do not cut along the
Simpler version for
kids: Another way to make a 3-D Valentine is to stack four
unfolded hearts together. Staple precisely through the center fold. To
hide the staples, glue the center hearts together. Make two more stacks
and glue them back-to-back.
Glue the top of the first stack to the bottom of the last stack to form the 3-D Valentine.
Then, add a hanger—see Step 7.
- Step 4: Glue Hearts
Glue each heart together near the top of the open edges. To do this,
open a heart flat and put a dab of glue on the edge of one side at the
broadest point. Fold the other side over and press. Repeat for each
heart. Be neat with the glue, only tacking the edges together at this one point.
- Step 5: Glue Stacks of Hearts
Glue six folded hearts together near the heart tip and at the top
of the fold. To do this, place one folded heart
on the table. Place a small dab of glue along the edge of the top layer near the heart's tip,
and one at the very top of the fold. Stack another folded heart on
top, aligning the hearts perfectly, and press together. Repeat gluing until there are six hearts in the stack.
Let the glue dry for a few moments, then gently
fan the stack open and allow the glue to dry. Be sure that only the backs of the hearts are glued together, and that
there are six openings near the tip and five at the top.
Make two or three more sets of six hearts for each 3-D Valentine.
- Step 6: Glue Together
Glue three or four stacks of hearts together like you glued the hearts together in the last step. After
the glue has set, fan the hearts open in a circle to form your 3-D Valentine. Glue or tape the edges of the
free ends together near the heart's tip. If you use a small piece of tape, you can cut through it later
to store the Valentine flat for next year.
- Step 7: Hanger (optional)
Decide how you want to use your 3-D Valentine. You may or may not want to add a hanger. To make a simple
hanger, tape a loop of string or thread inside the center of the 3-D Valentine.
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