Today, I'm sharing my ideas for making a DIY 3D paper heart garland. If you've ever wondered how to make a paper garland without sewing, this tutorial is for you. My step-by-step tutorial includes instructions on how to make folded paper hearts and paper strip hearts. We'll be combining our paper hearts to make a super easy 3D heart garland.
Ways to use a 3D paper heart garland
3D paper garlands are super cute and can be used in a variety of ways. Making paper heart garlands is also a fun holiday craft to keep the kids busy. Not only do heart garlands make great DIY Valentine's decorations but you can also use them for weddings, birthdays, Mother's Day, baby rooms and much more.
For more 3d paper crafts, check out my 3d paper stars here.
More inspiration for Valentine's Day
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- Ways to use a 3D paper heart garland
- More inspiration for Valentine's Day
- SAVE IT FOR LATER
- How do you make a 3D heart garland?
- How to make folded paper hearts
- How to make paper strip hearts
- How do you string a heart garland?
- Instructions for stringing a 3D heart garland
- Finished result
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- Watch the tututorial on YouTube
- More cute crafts for Valentine's Day
- Valentine's Blog Tour
- These posts are great too
Here are a few ideas for decorating with heart garlands:
Heart garland for Valentine's Day
The classic use for DIY heart garlands is, of course, Valentine's Day decorations. DIY paper heart garlands made with decorative paper make great Valentine's Day crafts.
Why not combine a paper heart garland with this pretty Valentine's Day tablescape idea.
Inexpensive bridal shower decorations
DIY 3D paper garlands make pretty budget-friendly bridal shower decorations. Drape paper garlands along the front of the table as part of the table decorations or use them for photo backdrops.
3D paper garlands make beautiful backdrops for weddings and parties. You could create a cute photo booth background using paper heart decorations. String pretty pink, 3D heart garlands, across the front of the Bridal table for creative DIY wedding decorations.
Wedding Anniversary party decorations
Make a DIY 3D paper heart garland with red hearts for a budget-friendly Wedding Anniversary party.
DIY heart wreaths
Easily turn a heart garland into a beautiful wreath. Drape the paper garland around a wreath base, add some sprigs of flowers. Now, you have a lovely DIY heart wreath for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.
Wall hanging paper heart decoration ideas
String 3D paper heart garlands vertically to create a pretty wall hanging.
DIY Birthday party Decorations with hearts
3D heart garlands are super decorations for heart-themed birthday parties especially, for girl birthdays.
Baby's nursery decorations with hearts
Paper hearts in shades of pink and white made into a garland with string or pretty ribbon will make enchanting wall decorations for a baby girl's room.
3d paper heart gift embellishments
Use 3d paper hearts as pretty embellishments to gifts for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or birthdays.
Mother's Day decorations with hearts
Making a paper heart garland is a great Mother's Day craft for kids. 3D paper hearts also make unique decorations for homemade Mother's Day cards.
How do you make a 3D heart garland?
So now I've given you lots of great ideas for using DIY 3D paper heart garlands, let's get on with making the paper hearts.
For this DIY paper heart garland, I'm making two sorts of paper hearts. Below you will see a step-by-step tutorial for making a folded paper heart and a paper strips heart.
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How to make folded paper hearts
This folded paper hearts origami is super simple to make and requires very few supplies.
One sheet of A4 construction paper (9"x12") makes one folded paper heart for your garland.
Make as many hearts as you would like to hang on your garland. Remember that we will also be adding some hearts made from paper strips to the 3D garland.
For my 3D paper heart garland, I made six folded paper hearts and three paper strip hearts.
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Here's what you'll need to make a folded papercraft heart. (See below for supplies for making paper strip hearts and supplies for stringing the garland).
- A4 construction paper in Pink (9"x12")
- Paper crafts scoring tool (or a ruler with a rounded edge)
- Large plate
- Glue gun
Step 1: Place a large plate onto a sheet of construction paper and draw around the edge with a pencil.
Step 2: Cut along the pencil lines.
Step 3: Fold the paper lenthwise, concertina style until you get to the end. Each fold should be around 2cm- 6/8 inches.
Step 4: Keeping the concertina paper together, fold the paper in half in the middle to make a fan shape. Make sure that the tops of the paper fan match each other. You may need to press quite hard to create the fold in the middle of the paper.
Step 5: Using the glue gun, glue the two sides of the heart shape together.
Step 6: Repeat until you have as many folded heart shapes as you need for your garland.
How to make paper strip hearts
Next, it's time to make some 3D paper strip hearts to add to our garland.
Paper strip hearts are super easy to make but require a little more cutting than the folded paper heart above.
Here's what you'll need to make a heart from paper strips:
Step 1: Cut seven strips of paper with a width of 2cm or 6/8 inch in the following sizes:
- 2x 21cm (8.5")
- 2x17cm (6.5")
- 2x 13cm (5")
- 1x 5cm (2")
Step 1: Set out your paper strips with the two longest in the middle then, add the middle-sized paper strips on either side. Continue by adding the two small paper strips on each side of the others. (See the image below).
You should have one small paper strip left-over that we'll be using as a hanger.
Step 2: In this order, place the paper strips together and tap them on a table to make sure the strips are even at the bottom.
Step 3: Use the paper stapler to staple the strips together.
Step 4: Starting with the shortest strip of paper, fold each piece downwards and glue to the base using the glue gun. Hold and press for a few seconds whilst the glue sets.
Step 5: Repeat with the paper strips on the second side of the heart shape.
How to make a hanger for a paper strip heart
Now that we've made our paper strip hearts, we will need to add a hanger so that we will be able to hang them onto our paper heart garland.
Step 1: Add a dot of hot glue to each side of the remaining paper strip.
Step 2: Open up the middle of the paper strip heart a little and push the remaining paper strip down through the centre. Press for a few seconds until the glue sets.
Step 3: Repeat until you have as many paper strip hearts as you need for your garland.
You could make a super easy paper strips heart garland with this tutorial. However, we will be adding the paper strip hearts to the folded heart shapes to create a unique 3D paper heart garland.
How do you string a heart garland?
Now that all of our folded and strip paper hearts are made, it's time to string them up to make our beautiful 3d paper heart garland.
Here's what you will need to string your heart garland:
Instructions for stringing a 3D heart garland
Stringing a paper heart garland is super simple. Here's how to do it.
Step 1: Thread a large needle with sewing thread.
Step 2: To string the folded paper heart, push the needle through one of the concertina folds at the back of one side of the heart. Bring the thread over to the other side of the heart and do the same.
Step 3: Alternate paper hearts
Step 4: Now add a paper strip heart to the garland.
Step 4: Push the needle and thread through the top of the hanger on the paper strip heart.
Step 5: Continue alternating the paper heart shapes onto your garland until you have no more hearts left.
Step 6: Space out the paper hearts how you like then, cut the thread. Make sure to leave a small thread allowance on each side of the heart garland for making a hanging loop.
That's it! The DIY 3D paper heart garland is all finished!
Here's a look at how my finished paper heart garland looks.
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More cute crafts for Valentine's Day
Some of my blogging friends have been busy creating for Valentine's Day too!
Be sure to visit these inspirational posts for more great Valentine's Day ideas.
Valentine's Blog Tour
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