I made this: paper hearts

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These paper hearts featured quite heavily at the Tea at the Cathedral Eventwe held last weekend. Not only did we use them to decorate the room (hung in single rows on fishing wire), but all the ladies who attended were given the opportunity to make their own. As a craft, these hearts are ideal as the only implement you need are scissors and a stapler.
I got the idea from a ‘how to’ on a blog (Unfortunately I can’t remember which blog that was!) so I can’t claim that the idea is my own.

Of the 2 crafts available on the day, this proved to be the most popular, so here’s a step by step guide to making your own:

 

You need:

9 Strips of paper about 15cm (6 inches) in length (I cut mine out of an old music book from a charity shop, but maps also make a great option)

Scissors
A stapler
A hole punch (not pictured because I’ve lost mine – aarrgh!)

1. Take one strip and fold it in half. Use a hole punch to put a hole into the folded end. We’ll use this hole to hang the heart up with afterwards. Place the folded piece down onto the table.

2. Take out 2 strips and place them down either side of the folded piece.

3. Gather the other strips of paper and cut about 2.5cm (1 inch) off the top. Take two of these strips and place them either side of the folded piece. Continue this process until you have no more strips left. Discard your scraps.

4. Gather all your strips together in the order that they are laid down. Your pile should go from the shortest to the longest and back again with the folded piece in the middle. Gather them all at one end and staple.6. Hold the strips by the stapled end. Bend the strips over and secure at the end with another staple.7. Hey presto, you have your very own paper heart!!These are so simple to make and not only do they look great hung in rows, but they make great Christmas decorations too! (Did I just say the C word – yeah I did!).

If you try this, let me know how you got on!

Bye

 

Michelle x

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