I made a little box for Valentine's Day by layering and gluing a stack of paper hearts together, sanding it and applying a glossy coat. To make it extra special you can write your sweetie's name or a romantic phrase on the lid.
Step 1: Materials and Tools:
- Old magazines or catalogs
- Coloured paper; reds and pinks (paper with colour on both sides works the best)
- Heart punch (I used a 2 inch one)
- Dremel/ sandpaper
- Glue (the white stuff that dries clear - ie; Weldbond, Mod Podge)
- Small plastic container
- Brush for applying glue
Step 2: Punch out hearts
Punch out a ~2.5cm thick stack of red, pink and magazine or catalog paper hearts. Layer the paper hearts in an alternating pattern. Punch out two more smaller stacks about 0.5cm thick, for the lid and bottom piece.
Step 3: Preparing to glue
Mix equal quantities of glue and water into a small container, enough to cover your stack of paper. To hold the paper stack together while dipping it into glue wrap an elastic band around it, try to line up all the paper hearts evenly.
Step 4: Glue hearts together
Immerse the stack of paper hearts. The gluey water should cover all parts of the heart. Wiggle the elastic band around so that it gets underneath and flip through the paper at the ends. Ideally the glue will find its way between the hearts. Drain and lie flat to dry, put something heavy on top to prevent the paper from warping . Repeat with the top and bottom pieces (separately). It may take a day or two to dry. To prevent them from sticking to the surface it is lying on, move it around every once and a while. If it does stick, and the paper tears, just punch out a new paper heart and glue it over the torn piece.