Intro: Weaving Paper Hearts
These woven hearts are made from various prints of card stock and have a lovely pattern and texture. If you don't have a selection of card stock available, pages from magazines are a great alternative.
They work wonderfully as-is on a lovely Valentine's day card, or glued onto a toothpick as a cupcake pick. They also make a wonderful finish for a jewelry pendant or charm. The size can easily be adjusted for your purposes.
Step 1: Cut Strips
The weaving is very simple. Just cut a bunch of narrow strips of mixed colors of paper, about 1/8" wide, then begin weaving them together.
Step 2: Weave Strips
Intersperse the colors randomly to give it a mixed tone. While adding strips of paper, use a fingernail to tighten the weave. When the desired size is reached,secure the back with some clear tape to keep the outer strips from loosening.
Step 3: Template
Next, turn the weave over and trace a heart shape onto the back.
Step 4: Cut
Carefully cut the heart from the weave. Having the back taped really helps keep the weave tight.
Step 5: Full
And there you have your finished heart!
Step 6: Partial
You can create a "fringed" effect by making a smaller weave, and cutting the heart at an angle, leaving the edges of the heart loose and rough.
Step 7: Finished
There you have it! Simple, quick, and inexpensive.
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