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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fold papers in half.
- 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!!!
- Begin stapling. The first heart will be flat strips.
- Staple another folded strip to the base of the first heart.
- Bend your heart sides around and staple a new strip to the base of that heart.
- Repeat until the desired length is achieved.
- 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.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Keep being creative, Sandy