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.
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.
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 out six hearts, then fold them in half as shown in the photo above.
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.
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.
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.
Glue another heart.
Glue the last heart.
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.
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.
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.
You now have a hanging heart ornament.