Easy Paper Heart Chain: Perfect Craft for Kids & Special Days

Discover a Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Making Beautiful Heart Chains!

By Laura Miller, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Appleton-Waupaca-Oshkosh, WI May 1, 2024

Looking for a heartwarming craft perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just because? Discover the joy of creating a charming chain of paper hearts, an idea born from a playful challenge between my eight-year-old daughter and me. What began as a simple curiosity about linking hearts together evolved into a delightful exercise in visualization and patience. This easy craft is perfect for kids, offering a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond over creativity. Follow our step-by-step guide to crafting your own enchanting string of paper hearts and create memories that last a lifetime. Let’s dive into this fun, artistic project!

Create a magical chain of paper hearts - a fun crafting adventure for all ages:

What you need:

  • Paper of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Macaroni tip:  Get creative with your paper, try patterned, glittered or textured 

What you do:

  1. Cut a strip of paper that is just a little taller than you want the hearts to be. Cut the long way across the paper if you want more hearts.
  2. Start folding the strip of paper like an accordion. Make sure the sections you are creating are the exact width you want the hearts to be. Try to be precise with folds because crooked folds will affect the size of the connection between the hearts. Fold a section over, then flip the strip and fold another section the same size over, flip, fold, flip, fold . . . note that an odd number of folds makes an even number of heart-halves. If you end up with an odd-sized final section, cut it off or fold it under and trim the outside curve later.
  3. Hold the folded paper flat so the cut edge of the first section is to the outside - depending on if you're going to draw the left or right half of the heart. You may want to make some small, light pencil marks along the cut edge where the widest part of the heart will be, aka where the hearts will connect.
  4. Draw the outline of half of a heart with the pencil. Yes, use pencil so you can erase if you draw a less-than-perfect heart - which I did several times. Leave a gap in the marks where the hearts will connect. A quarter-inch section is strong enough that kids will be able to handle the chain without accidentally tearing it apart.
  5. Cut just inside of the marks you drew so they aren't on your finished chain. Remember not to cut all the way through the outside edge.
  6. Unfold the paper and trim the outside edges to round off the hearts.

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