What better way to show your love than with a gorgeous handmade paper heart? Learn how to make a paper heart with paper in a few minutes.
These gorgeous paper hearts are not just for Valentine’s Day. Since they have a vintage vibe, you can decorate with them all year.
You can find more Valentine’s Day ideas in this earlier post.
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How to Make a Heart Out of Paper
You can create these hearts with book pages, craft paper, wrapping paper, greeting cards, paper doilies, and more.
Hanging Paper Heart Supplies
- Book pages, newspaper, origami paper
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Foam core or a cardboard box
- Hot glue
- Pencil or dowel
- Xacto knife
- Ribbon 3/8″
- Black paper
- Buttons (optional)
- Large heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Craft tape (this is the one I used)
- Cutting mat
- Glue stick
- 🤓 I recommend you watch my how-to Video before you begin
Book Page Heart Instructions
Step 1. Trace Heart
To begin, use a pencil to trace around a heart-shaped cookie cutter or another heart pattern on the foam core.
Step 2. Cut Out Heart
Next, use a Xacto knife and cut along the penciled heart lines. Note: Be sure to use a cutting mat or cutting board under your project.
Step 3. Cut Papers
Tear out the pages from a book or use the ones that have fallen out. For example, the paper I used (book page) was 9 1/4 inches by six inches.
I cut each page about three inches by six inches, so I conserve my paper, and it is easier to handle. Note: if you are using a square sheet of paper, cut it into three equal pieces.
Step 4. Tape
Before rolling the paper, I add a glue line on the long side of the bottom inside the flap. As a result, it will naturally be glued in place when I finish rolling the paper. Note: Be sure to flip the paper so that the writing will be in the correct direction.
Step 5. Make Paper Rolls
Roll your paper with the long side against the wood dowel or pencil using your hands to curl and bend the first turn. Make sure to hold your paper tightly as you roll.
Step 6. Glue Paper Rolls
Apply a line of glue along the seam of the paper roll.
Step 7. Glue Rolls to Heart
Starting at the top of the heart, attach paper rolls as close together as possible.
Step 8. Trim Paper Hearts
Next, turn over your heart and cut off the excess rolled paper using the foam core heart as your guide.
Note: I covered the back of the heart with a book page and a glue stick.
Step 9. Ribbon Loops
To embellish my heart, I cut three pieces of 3/8″ ribbon cut into five-inch lengths. Then, I used hot glue and made the ribbons into loops.
Step 10. Ribbon Star on Paper Heart
To attach the ribbon loops, I used a crisis cross method that had equal spaces between each circle, applying hot glue with each addition.
Step 11. Ribbon Hanger
Since these foam core and paper hearts are incredibly lightweight, you can hang them with a simple ribbon hanger. I used a ribbon cut to 7 1/5″ long and used hot glue to attach them to the back.
Embellishing Paper Heart Ideas
To embellish book page hearts, you can use any embellishment, such as buttons, charms, paper cutouts, ribbons, sequins, ribbons, and more.
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