Say It With Love – Paper Heart Garland


Last week I showed you how I made 3D paper hearts to frame. This week I’m working with hearts and paper again but this time in the form of a garland. (UPD (1/18/12) Check out my latest Valentine’s Day project – A Heart Tree Art – The background paper matches this garland.)

Recently, I’ve seen some amazing paper heart garlands. Some made with book pages and others with magazine pages. Some are pretty hearts sewn together and there are also lovely heart garlands using eyelets and an eyelet tool. Love them all!

Well, currently, I don’t have any cool book or magazine pages to use…or a sewing machine or eyelets/eyelet tool. Oh …maybe someday… I’ll have all the right tools??

But for now, I’m working with what I’ve got! Here’s everything I used because I already had it my house: White printing paper, red construction paper cardstock paper (updated to note – I used cardstock paper not construction paper), a straight edge cutter, glue, red ribbon and a stapler. This whole project cost me nothing…it was FREE!

I was hoping to use paper with words but like I mentioned above I didn’t have anything like that to use. So, I created my own. I simply typed the word “Love” in different fonts, alternated black and red as the color, and then I printed on white paper. I “loved” the way this quick and easy idea turned out, but…it needed some color to make it pop! That’s how the red cardstock paper came into the picture.

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Cut paper into strips. My measurements:

The white paper – 11 inches tall and 3/4 inch wide.
The red paper – 10 inches tall and 1 inch wide.
The red heart (which is the inner part) is going to be smaller than the white heart.

Fold strips in half.

Center the white strip onto the red strip and line up ends. (Note: I glued the white to the red on the ends. This is optional here. I did some with glue and others without. Using glue does make it easier to handle.)


Take the ends and hold together to form a heart. Staple. That’s the first heart in your garland. Now staple the rest of strips to make interlocking hearts. I created garlands in sets of 3 interlocking hearts to hang on each light of our kitchen chandelier. I hung them with red ribbon.


Do you “Love” it?! We LOVE the heart garlands in our kitchen!

How about you – have you made any heart garlands for Valentine’s Day? Or any other Valentine’s Day crafts?

You may also like these paper projects:

(This is linked to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up PartySunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Tip Me Tuesday, and Hugs and Kisses Valentine’s Party.)



  1. This is really cute. Thanks for the idea. Love your site.

  2. Thanks so much for including a link to my sewn hearts garland!

  3. Thanks Brandy!
    You’re welcome Jill! 🙂

  4. So cute!! My son would love to make these with me!

  5. Cute! The best projects always come from what I already have around the house.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  6. Love it!!! So fabulous!!

  7. I love this idea! It came out so pretty! I think I will try this with my kiddos this week. I would love for you to link this to my Sew Crafty Party!

  8. Pat Kleinmaier says:

    Thanks for posting this today. I needed an idea for this Friday at a meeting of cancer survivors and patients. Wanted to do a craft that is fast and easy and I think this is just the trick. I am thinking of leaving the white paper blank and letting them write the names of people they love on them.

  9. Pat – You’re welcome. I love your idea of leaving the white part blank so they can write the names of the ones they love.

  10. Hello! I tried this tonight….It was fun! I had some trouble with the construction paper though. It kept ripping. I have a mini-stapler somewhere but alas I couldn’t find it so I started turning the pages out a little… But then they wouldn’t go back….haha. It turned out cute anyway. I would just say….spend the $ on some heavy duty construction paper or use card stock maybe?

  11. Hi Laura – So glad it turned out cute. Yes, heavy duty construction paper works best. I just noticed I used red card stock paper (I’ve had since last year). I’ll update post. Thanks.

  12. Christine S. says:

    My 9 year old daughter and I just made them for our kitchen chandelier.I has some card stock from my scrap booking inventory. They’re SO cute! Thank you for posting! Perfect project and so easy!

  13. That looks very fun and easy! I will give it a try!

  14. linked to your post on my blog…just wanted to let you know! I made mine with constuction paper and it turned out alright…sure the cardstock probably holds it’s shape better but the construction paper is holding up pretty well.

  15. We are making these tomorrow at our 2nd monthly Moms and Daughters Craft Party at my house – the little girls are 5 and under, but I think the moms have as much fun (if not more than) as the little ones! Thanks for sharing this wonderfully fun idea!

  16. Yay! I’m so happy to hear you all are making these.
    April – Looks great! Thanks for linking back.

  17. Shelley C says:

    now that is classy!

  18. Love this idea! I think we will make these at the daycare with our preschoolers. Thanks for all the great ideas… God bless!

  19. This is such a cute idea!! I am going to have to try this for some valentines decorations!!

    stopping by from CSI typography!

  20. Thanks again all! I love hearing when, how and where everyone is going to make these. 🙂

  21. I love this too! 🙂

  22. I love it. Thanks for sharing this very cute idea.

  23. Thank you for a beautifully simple idea! I made this in about 15 minutes using burgandy cardstock and pink (heart) patterned scrapbooking paper. I used my straight edge cutter and stapled them together! Can’t wait for the kiddos to see them in the morning 🙂

  24. I loved your idea so much I had to share on my Shout Out Sunday blog post. Thanks so much for sharing the directions for these cute decorations.

  25. BIG thanks to everyone who commented, gave feedback and linked back! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  26. Thanks for the cute idea! I made some garlands to hang from my lamp in a larger size, then made a smaller size, linked two for each and tied them to the top of my candle sticks, and used a single heart for each place setting around the silverware. I also added a single red paper heart to the plates with pieces of chocolate cake for dessert. Turned out very pretty!

  27. These are so cute! I want to make some to decorate my cube at work 🙂

  28. So simple and so lovely. I do a mobile with my girls every year, writing down all the things we love. We’ll be making this, but instead of “Love” written on all the white paper, I’ll have the girls write the names of people and things great and small that they love. It’s a fun exercise in gratitude and your method is so pretty, it’s a great way to improve our tradition.

  29. Just saw this post from Totally Target…I am going to make these for the Valentine’s cruise my husband and I are about to go on! Thanks for the idea!!

  30. these are great! i am going to use this idea for a children’s valentine craft program at the library. thanks!

    ps: i tried to make it with glue sticks instead of staplers and it wasn’t a success. so, staplers it is.

  31. hi
    I am going to make these for the Valentine’s cruise my husband and I are about to go on! Thanks for the idea!!

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