These paper hearts are a perfect Valentines craft. Make small ones to scatter around and use as confetti or larger ones and string them on a garland or use as a present topper.
It took me about 3 attempts to master the technique but then they become super speedy and addictive to make.
You will need, thin a4 sheets of coloured paper, scissors,
1. From the short edge of the sheet of paper cut a strip approximately 3cm wide
2. Starting in one corner fold a triangle, making sure the triangles edge lines up neatly with the rest of the strip
3. Repeat four more times folding the triangles in on themselves along the paper strip.
4. Cut what’s left of the strip so there is a 1cm tab of paper left.
5. On this tab of paper fold the top down to form a small triangle
6. Gently pinch the edges of the big triangle towards each other and it will open.
7. Carefully poke the tab of paper into the opening (this seemed impossible the first time I did it but I got the hang of it after about 3 attempts)
8. Your triangle will now be held closed and won’t unfold
9. Hold the triangle by its odd corner and cut rounded edges on the two equal corners.
10. Now use the closed blades of your scissors and pass them between the folds of paper through the two cut corners.
11. Use them and your fingers to push the top of the heart open to begin creating the 3D effect
12. Finally use your thumb nail to press the top of the heart down to make the hearts ‘dip’.
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Why not make a bunch and then go scatter them round your neighbourhood. We all need a little extra love these days.
If you’re still looking for something a little different for your Halloween parties this weekend then this bright and colourful Trick or Treat game might just be what you are looking for.
The rules are super simple – each player takes it in turns to pull a Halloween character off the game board to reveal if they’ve won a Trick or a Treat!
I’ve made the game using different coloured papers cut and stuck together, but on the download file that accompanies these instructions I’ve included coloured versions of each character as well as the templates. If you don’t have time to get super creative you can simply print the coloured versions out onto thin card and away you go! plus, the black and white out line templates are perfect for children to colour in so you could always use them as the game pieces. (ooh too much choice!)
The templates and full instructions are over on velcro.co.uk/blog – click here to go, go, go!
I don’t know about you but I love paper straws but hate that they only get one chance for being useful – then they’re all soggy bottom and top and destined for the bin. I’ve come up with a fun way to use the nice dry bit in the middle (you can obviously use brand new straws too!) to make these garlands. A touch on the small side but nonetheless they look cute and quirky and are perfect for cake toppers or decorations for presents. Also hung together in lots of strings they can be pretty impactful.
How cute are these fairy light lampshades?- all bright stripes and scalloped edges. Can you guess what they are made from? Yes? No? Well, I shall tell you. They are made from these party treat cups from Talking Tables.
I really like these cups, for one thing they hold a decent amount of sweeties and for another they are nice and robust so perfect for using again and again or as I have done using them for this craft project.