As much as I love spending hours crafting things, sometimes I have a limited amount of time (and energy) and want to get things finished just minutes.
I saw little heart ornaments a while back, and when it came time to decorate our Valentine’s Day tree (aka our still half-decorated Christmas tree), I thought I’d try to fashion something similar. Here is how I did it (not that you couldn’t figure it out by just looking at the picture )!
- Two strips of paper, about 12″ by 1″ **
- Two strips of paper, about 8″ by .75″ **
- One 5″ piece of rickrack (or ribbon, yarn, string, etc.)
- A stapler
** Your paper doesn’t need to be these exact measurements. Use whatever scraps you have!
Stack your paper strips – place one of the wider ones right side down, a thinner strip right side down on top of that one, the second thin strip right side up on top of that, then top it off with the second large strip right side up. Try to keep everything centered.
Here’s what it should look like once you have everything stacked!
Then staple those strips together! All of you self-proclaimed uncrafty people rejoice – yes, even you can do it!
To make your heart shape, take the top of each strip and bend the right half towards the left, and the left half towards the right. Here is an awkward photo of me trying to do just that.
Keep on bending those strips, until the rights sides are touching.
If you want to hang these off of a tree (or from the ceiling), fold some rickrack or ribbon in half and insert the ends down through the top of the heart. The bottom (of the top of the heart) would look something like this.
Staple everything together, and…..
Voila! You have a super quick, super simple, no-glue-or-sewing-required Valentine’s Day decoration. Here’s a picture of one hanging off of our tree…it’s a little big for the tree that we have, but it works for now. I would have loved to have hung some of these off of ribbons of different lengths from the ceiling in front of the windows in our apartment or above my desk at work….maybe next year?
The next time I try these I’m going to use double sided patterned paper and add more strips to each side – I think that’ll make them a little more funky and fun. Plus, who says hearts have to be limited to Valentine’s Day…or red and pink for that matter?