Making 3D paper hearts as a Valentine’s Day craft has been a family tradition. When I was a child, we made handmade Valentine’s Day greeting cards and paper hearts for decorating. Now that I have my own family we are continuing the paper heart crafting tradition.
You can find more Valentine’s craft ideas in this earlier post.
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How to Make Make 3D Hearts Step-by-Step
While growing up, we had limited supplies available, but our paper heart cards and decorations always turned out gorgeous.
Therefore, it is unnecessary to have fancy paper and supplies to create pretty paper hearts. We used construction paper for our hearts; however, cardstock is my preferred paper.
I like to purchase a cardstock stack booklet filled with lots of sheets of paper. You can find them with seasonal themes, geometrics, and colorways. However, you can purchase individual pieces of paper as well.
3D Paper Heart Supplies
- Cardstock in various colors (white, pink, red, etc.)
- Paper Cutting machine
- Scissors (these are my favorite)
- Baker’s twine
- Heart Template (printable pattern download)
- ** I recommend you watch my how-to video before you begin. Please leave a comment so I can say hello.
Cutting the 3D Heart Shapes From Paper
I used my Cricut Maker (cutting machine) to cut out my heart shapes which makes it super easy.
When you use a cutting machine, your hearts come out perfect, so they are easier to use for this craft.
Place your paper hearts in stacks of the same color.
Next, cut slits in the center of your red hearts about halfway down the center.
Next, cut slits in your white hearts halfway up from the bottom.
Form 3D Paper Hearts
My favorite part of this craft is forming the 3D hearts. To make these hearts into a three-dimensional shape, you hold one red heart in your left hand.
Then with your right hand, slide a white heart down the center of the red heart. Again, you might need to cut the slits a little deeper if they do not match up.
Repeat this process until you have used all your 3D hearts.
Twine String Hanger
I coordinated Baker’s twine to hang the hearts on my “tree” I coordinated Baker’s twine. I like to cut all my twine pieces, then knot the ends to form a loop and trim the ends.
To attach the twine hangers, I use a dot of hot glue in the center joint about 3/8″ down from the top.
Then I place the knotted end of the twine into the hot glue and press until it dries.
These finished heart ornaments are ready to be used to decorate.
Decorated 3D Paper Hearts Tree
Years ago, I created this tree from branches and a clay pot, and I enjoy decorating it every season with new ornaments.
More Valentine’s Crafts you Might Enjoy:
This adorable Valentine’s Day Pom Pom wreath was easy and fun to create.
Chocolate is the number gift for Valentine’s Day, so why not bake some chocolate cupcakes and decorate them with DIY heart picks? See how to make this adorable conversation heart picks in this earlier post.
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