Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY Paper Heart Garland (Valentine's Day Decoration and Preschool Activity in One!)

Lately, if you tell my 4 1/2 year old you are going to do something (and it is something he wants to do) he will just keep asking you about it until it actually happens. So we made this paper heart garland a bit earlier than I had intended. That's OK, we'll just enjoy it a little longer.

Our version looks quite a bit different than the picture perfect Real Simple version that I got the inspiration from, but in the end I definitely like ours better, because my boys did all of the cutting, tracing, and stringing themselves. My 4 1/2 year old did all of the cutting, and my 3 year old did most of the stringing.

Also, my 4 1/2 year old was the one who decided we should write on all of these hearts. I wrote the words and he traced over them. We started just writing love and then added ἀγάπη (agape, love in Greek) and 爱 (Ài, love in Mandarin). Then we wrote a bunch of people we love (our family names, grandparents and extended family, friends, etc.). You could also write about what love really is, but I think we're going to do other projects later doing that.

Homemade Paper Heart Garland

  • Paper
  • Yarn or string
  • Tape and/or plastic straws for "sewing" (optional, but makes it a lot easier)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Markers (optional)
  • Other embellishments like stickers if desired
  1. Trace half hearts onto folded paper and let a preschooler who can be trusted with scissors cut them out.
  2. If desired write and/or trace words on the hearts.
  3. If desired put on stickers or other extra embellishments.
  4. Punch a hole on each side of the heart.
  5. String hearts onto yarn or string to make a garland. (I threaded the yarn through part of a small plastic straw that I cut at an angle for a "needle." This made "sewing" the hearts together much easier. You can also tape around the end to just make it a little stiffer, like the end of a shoelace.)
  6. Tie off and hang up the garland to enjoy.
You can see pictures of the steps below.

1 comment:

  1. Aww, I love yours SO much better! I like how you said, its OK ou made it earlier than expected just more time to enjoy it. Agreed! :)


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