Today I thought I would share some very easy heart decorations that anyone, including children, can make. Quick and simple, but brimming with potential, these wreaths and garlands can make decorating for Valentine’s Day a snap. I like them because parents and children can turn this into a fun family project to do together.
To make the basic heart shape, I started with strips of paper 1-inch by 8 1/2-inches and folded them in half, lengthwise.
Then, still folded, I applied a bit of glue stick to the very tops of the strips (on the outside), glueing about the top 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch.
Bending the freshly glued tops of the strips down and in toward the center fold, the glued sides end up facing each other. Then I pushed them together until the glue set (or hold in place with a paper clip).
It’s a little difficult to put into words, so check out the photo above.
Once the hearts were made, I put a bit of glue on the side and held the hearts together with plastic-coated paper clips in a wreath shape until the glue dried.
I used glue stick, but if you really want to go fast, you can use a stapler. You get the same heart result, but the staples are visible. I prefer a glue stick, but it does take a little longer.
Next, I decided to use some of my strips of paper to make a garland of hearts. I used text weight paper, not the stiffer paper needed to keep the wreaths in shape. Here, I poked the bottom of one heart into the top of the next heart and glued them together to make my garland. If you are NOT stapling, then you will need to glue the bottom (where you make the fold) about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch to get the same result.
I decided to vary the length and width of the paper strips for my garlands. The red and white garland above was made with strips that are 1/2-inch by 6-inches. Feel free to play around with different widths and lengths of paper and see which results you like best. Or maybe you’ll find that you like having a variety of garland sizes. You can even mix lengths in the same garland if you want different size hearts.
There are many different variations on these wreathes and garlands. Play around and see what you come up with.
Happy creating, Candy