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Unchained Melody - Valentine Paper Chain

Check out this darling heart paper chain, inspired by ones I have seen on Pinterest. I made mine with tinier hearts than the ones posted on Pinterest. Here is how I did it:

Stamps: Sealed with Love Photopolymer 142815 $21.00 US (bundle it with the Love Notes Framelits and Save 10% item 144705 $45.75 US
Inks: Black Memento ink $6.00
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo, Real Read, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories; Simply Scored 122334 $30.00 US, Stapler 139083 $10.00 Staples 135847 $4.00 US, Bone Folder 102300 $7.00 US

  1. Cut your cardstock 4" wide, length depends on how many hearts and how long you want your string. Because I used 5 different colors, I found that 5" per color was more than enough for my project.
  2. Score at 2" along the 4" length. This makes for much quicker assembly having the middle of the heart pre-scored. No Simply Scored tool? Use a score tool on your paper cutter or just run your bone folder down along a ruler.
  3. Cut your paper in 1/2" widths. I found this was a good balanced width for the 4" length, I suppose another way to look at it, is the paper is 1/8 of the length of the total heart. 
  4. Fold papers in half.
  5. Run your bone folder along the curve that will be at the top of the hearts. You can see in my final picture above the difference between using a bone folder and not. The left I used a bone folder, and it does go very quick. The right, was my learning curve. I did not and instead the paper wanted to fold at the top crests of the heart instead of gently curve. Do as I say, not as i did!!!
  6. Begin stapling. The first heart will be flat strips.
  7. Staple another folded strip to the base of the first heart.
  8. Bend your heart sides around and staple a new strip to the base of that heart. 
  9. Repeat until the desired length is achieved. 
  10. My starter flat heart I attached the hanging large greeting heart. I am not sure what else to do with it other than trim it down.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on a heart paper chain. This would be a fun project for a family to complete together.

Be sure to see my other valentines projects this season (2017). I have many cards, gifts and candy ideas.



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