I decided it would be fun to make place cards for the four of us who went out to a noontime Christmas Eve dinner yesterday. I wanted the place cards to double keepsakes for the four of us, so I decided to make paper heart ornaments and attach our names to the hanging cord.
The heart ornaments doubled as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner. I calligraphed our names on gold paper and slipped the hanging cord through a hole I punched in the paper.
They were a big hit, not only to my dining companions, but to those at neighboring tables. I have decided that I will demonstrate how to make them during the First Friday Art Walk on January 2. In case you can’t make it to Ashland, Oregon on January 2, I’m including instructions below.
Here I have traced around my heart template on the back side of my chosen paper.
After finding a pleasing heart shape, cut the heart out of heavy paper and use it as a template. Trace around the heart template on the back side of the decorated paper you want to use for your heart ornament. I suggest either a heavy text weight paper or a light weight card stock paper.
Note: It is much easier to fold your heart in half if you are folding it with the grain of the paper. If you don’t know about paper grain direction, you can learn about it on my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
Cut six hearts and then fold each of them in half.
Cut out six hearts, then fold them in half as shown in the photo above.
Glue the back sides of half of two of the hearts together using glue stick.
Glue the back half of one heart to the back half of another heart. I use glue stick for this.
Hint: I find that if I use glue stick on both pieces of paper, they will slide a little so it a lot easier to align them.
Always put the glue on the wrong side of the paper. It ends up looking like a heart book with all the wrong sides glued together.
In the above photo, the first two hearts have been glued together, almost like a page in a book has been glued closed (the glued hearts are on the right, the one to be glued to them on the left). Now glue the back side of one of the “pages” to one folded back side of one of the remaining 4 hearts.
Three hearts have now been glued together.
Continue gluing one more heart. The above photo shows three hearts glued into what almost looks like a book. Add one more heart by gluing just the wrong side of the paper.
Four hearts have been glued and two remain to be glued.
Glue another heart.
Five hearts have been glue together and only one more heart remains.
Glue the last heart.
Glue the last heart to the others.
Now you have what looks like a heart book.
Cut a piece of string or cord long for your heart ornament.
Cut a piece of string or cord long enough to make a loop above your heart ornament and hang below too. You could use a ribbon, but a cord is easier to hide in the fold of the ornament.
Tie a knot and lay the cord in the spine of the ornament.
Double the cord and tie a know about 4 or 5 inched down from the top of the cord as shown above. Lay the cord in the middle of what looks like a heart book. See photo above. Then glue the two remaining wrong sides of the paper together to finish your heart ornament.
Make knot at bottom of ornament.
I think it finishes off the heart ornament to have a knot at the bottom too. Cut your hanging cord to whatever length you like.
Two of my heart ornaments. I made name tags on gold paper, put a hole in the tag and slipped the name tag on the top of the cord. These made wonderful place cards (see first photo on this blog post).
You now have a hanging heart ornament.
Two hanging heart ornaments.