Hi everyone. It’s Heidi, from One Creative Mommy. I’m happy to be with you again today on Juggling Act Mama! What started out as a Valentine decor idea quickly turned into a heart attack all over our home! This quick and easy valentine craft for kids sparked ideas for everything from necklaces to decorations to a doorbell for a bedroom. What will your kids create?
Valentine Heart Paper Chain Craft
Crafts don’t get much easier than this one. It does require a stapler, however, so young kids will definitely need help from an adult. Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need for this heart paper chain.
- Strips of craft paper. (Mine are 1 1/2″ wide by 12″ long, and they are printed on both sides. Single sided is fine. That’s just what I had on hand.)
- Bakers twine, ribbon, string, or yarn.
- Stapler and staples.
This really is incredibly easy. You can vary the instructions below by changing the width and length of the paper and by making your chain as long or as short as you wish. A single heart hung with a string from a door knob is adorable. (Trust me. We have hearts all over our house now!)
- Fold each strip of paper in half.
- Bend the loose ends in toward the fold to form a heart.
- Slip a second strip of paper inside the top of the heart (fold side goes inside the heart), and staple.
- Repeat with each strip of paper.
- Before stapling closed your final heart, tie a knot in the end of a piece of baker’s twine, ribbon, yarn, or string. Tuck the string inside the top of the heart, and staple above the knot. (Your knot should be below the staple so that the string will not pull out.)
- Now hang your chain somewhere to show it off!
To turn your chain into a necklace, simply tuck the bottom of your first heart into the top of your final heart, and staple closed.
*I did try this project with craft tape instead of staples to see if littler kids could do it with glue. The hearts fell apart. You really do need the security of the staples if you plan to hang the hearts.
Here are a couple of my kids’ final projects. A necklace (made from narrow pieces of paper), and a the paper chains that are now adorning the chandelier over our kitchen table.
How easy was that? We had a friend over to play while we made these, and it was a lot of fun. We’ll just say that our house is definitely full of hearts right now. It’s a good thing we ran out of paper!
This is the first year I’ve really decorated for Valentine’s Day, and I’m loving it. What do you do to decorate?
Thanks again for letting me stop by today. I’d love to see you at One Creative Mommy. Right now I’m sharing tons of classroom valentines, so please stop by to download a few or to check out a kids’ craft!
See you next time!