Valentine Paper Heart Chains
What you will make:
Create chains of paper hearts by cutting accordion-folded paper
strips. You can easily make paper heart chains for Valentine's Day.
It's just like cutting
Doll Chains—only easier! Use strips of red paper,
plain or patterned, to decorate for a party, in the classroom, around
the house or for a special dinner with your loved ones. Tape several
heart chains together to make a chain of any length you like.
This craft project is great for family, classroom or group craft
time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project is both quick and easy for groups of kids.
Related craft: Have more paper crafting fun by
Paper Angel Chains!
Here's what you need:
- Lightweight computer or craft paper
- Optional: Colored paper, cardstock and tape,
glitter, glue, chalk, colored pencils
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Paper Heart Chains
Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating chains of paper hearts. If you are doing this project with a group, pre-cutting the strips
of paper will make the craft go faster.
You may also want to make some heart templates that can be
traced. Create your own by drawing half of a heart-shape on poster
board to a size that fits the folded paper strips. Pre-cut enough
templates so there is one template for every three or four people
making heart chains.
- Step 2: Cut Paper Strips
Cut strips of paper that are 8" to 12" long by 2" to 3½"
from lightweight craft paper or computer paper—use patterned
or solid-colored paper. Each strip will create a chain of four
Tip: If you are planning to use construction paper, it is best if
shorter strips are used to reduce the bulk of the folded strip. Try strips
that are 6" long, folded in four equal sections to cut a chain of two
These shorter chains can then be taped together.
- Step 3: Fold Paper Strips
Fold the paper strip into eight equal sections of accordion
1) Fold the strip in half, matching edges and making a sharp
2) Fold one edge back to meet the fold just made, and crease. Turn
the paper over and repeat with the other edge.
3) Fold the top layer back to meet the center fold, turn over and
4) Open the center fold like a book. There are three layers on
each side with a single layer in the center.
5) Fold one side of three layers in to meet the center fold. Repeat
with the other side.
6) Fold the center fold back to complete the accordion folds.
- Step 4: Draw or Trace Heart
With the cut edge of the folded strip to the right, draw half of
an heart along the left (folded) edge with the width of the heart
extending to the right edge. It's easiest to draw the top half of
the heart then the bottom half, leaving a ½" to ¾"
space along the right edge. The space is critical, it is where the
hearts join to form a chain.
Tip: If you plan to join several strips
together, tracing a precut heart template will make the chains
- Step 5: Cut Hearts
Hold the folded strip firmly and cut carefully around the
outline. Do not cut along the folds.
Unfold the paper strip to reveal your chain of hearts. Tape two or more chains of
hearts together to form longer chains.
You could also layer two chains of hearts—see the sidebar of
- Step 6: Decorate Hearts (optional)
Leave the hearts plain or decorate them with markers. You might also add
glitter to the hearts!
That's it! Your paper heart chain
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