How to Make a Paper Heart Garland


We love Paper Crafts all year round, but especially for Valentine’s Crafting. Today we share this gorgeous “How to make a paper heart garland” tutorial!

This is a guest post by The Craft Train as part of the 31 Days of Love series!

Valentines Day Decoration
How to make a paper heart garland – this post was first shared in Jan 2014

This month has been simply amazing. With so many wonderful and different Valentine’s Day posts! We have had gorgeous Valentine’s Day CardsValentine’s Gifts and Valentine’s Day Treats. So many ideas to keep you all very busy!

How to make a paper heart garland

Here is a simple Paper Heart Beaded Garland or Ornament I made for Valentines day. You can make it in any coloured or patterned paper you like but personally I think it looks pretty good in rainbow. Small pre-school aged kids (like my own) will probably find folding the paper fan a bit too fiddly and will need help from mum with that part, but they can easily do the threading if you use beads with large holes and older kids should be able make this by themselves.

Paper Heart Garland – Materials

Valentines Day Decoration - Materials
  • Coloured construction paper A5 size (If you have standard A4 size just cut it in half)
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Beads with a wide hole for easy threading
  • String
  • A hole punch

How to make a paper heart garland – step by step

Begin by making your folded paper hearts

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1. Fold an A5 sized piece of paper into quarters

2. Cut a rounded corner shape like you can see in the picture

3. Unfold

4. Fold in a concertina fan style length ways

How to connect the paper heart to your garland string

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5. Punch a hole in the centre right in the middle of the fold and stick a piece of double sided tape on one half of the inside of the ‘fan’

6. To attach the heart to the string, thread it through the hole and stick the paper together with the string in the centre.

7. Thread wooden beads on the string. It’s best to thread one bead on and tie the string around it, then string a section of beads followed by a paper heart for as long as you want the ornament to be. It helps to wrap a piece of tape around the end of the string to stop it from fraying (like a shoelace end).

8. Once you’re done secure the top bead with a knot and tie a little loop so you can hang it up.


Valentines Day Decoration - Heart Garland

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