How to Make a 3D Paper Heart

Updated on August 2, 2016
Easy Crafts with Paper
Easy Crafts with Paper | Source

You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Paper Cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors)
  • Stapler
  • String
  • Glue Dots (or other glue)
  • Rivet and Rivet Tool (optional)
  • Clothespin or Paperclips

How to Make a Paper Heart

Easy crafts don't get much easier than this! This paper heart is simple to craft and can be made out of most types of paper. Have fun experimenting with pages from old dictionaries, comic books or even sheet music. It's a great way to use up left over pieces of scrapbook paper that you've got laying around. Once you've got a hang of how to make this heart craft, try making smaller or larger versions.

Step One

Cut your paper into the following strips:

Two strips measuring 12" x 1" (a and b, same color)

One strip also measuring 12" x 1" but different color than first two (c)

Two strips measuring 9" x 1" (d and e, same pattern as each other but different from other strips)

Tip: Since the insides and outsides of each heart are visible, this craft lends itself nicely to double-sided papers. If your papers are all white on the backs, consider alternating a heart so the insides (or outsides) aren't all white. This will give your finished piece more depth and contrast.

Strips of Scrapbook Paper

Making a Paper Heart with Craft Paper
Making a Paper Heart with Craft Paper | Source

Step Two

Fold strip "c" in half, creating a crisp crease.

Folding Paper

How to Do a Paper Heart
How to Do a Paper Heart | Source

Step Three

Hold folded strip "c" in one hand with the fold at the bottom. The bottom fold is going to be the bottom of the innermost heart. Place strips "d" and "e" on each side (outside) of strip "c" lining up the bottoms evenly to prepare for stapling. Strips "d" and "e" are each one half of your middle heart so make sure your patterns are facing the way you would like. Next line up strips "a" and "b" and staple all strips together at the bottom.

Tip: If you're using a variety of strips that don't match each other, don't worry which direction patterns are facing. This is only if you want each individual heart to have distinct coloring on the inside that differs from the outside.

Scrapbook Paper Strips

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Step Four

Using both end pieces of strip "c", gather to form heart and staple. Repeat this process to form remaining two hearts.

Tip: Using two staples works better than just one. Your hearts will be stronger and less wobbly. See examples below.

Making Paper Hearts

How to Make Paper Hearts
How to Make Paper Hearts | Source
Hearts on Paper
Hearts on Paper | Source

Step Five

Apply glue dots (or a little hot glue) to each of the bottom edges where the heart arches are stapled together. The smallest, most inner heart will be tucked downward and glued into itself. The middle heart will be glued down between the arches of the smallest heart. The largest, outermost heart will be tucked and glued down between the arches of the middle heart. Use clothespins or paperclips to hold these sections together until the glue dries.

Paper Heart Ideas

Paper Love Hearts
Paper Love Hearts | Source

Step Six

If you'd like to hang your heart, cut a strip that measures 3" x 1". Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top. Reinforce hole using rivet and rivet tool. Apply glue dots to each side of the bottom of the strip. Tuck down and glue in between the arches of the largest, outermost heart. Secure with clothespin or paperclip until glue is strong. Attach string and hang.

Handmade Hanging Decorations

Heart Paper Craft
Heart Paper Craft | Source

Heather Says

Crafting 3D hearts is so much fun. I never throw away scraps of pretty scrapbook papers, so I've always got a nice stash to choose from. I like to mix colors and patterns to really make the pieces of the heart pop.

These hearts looks so precious hanging almost anywhere. I've got a couple hanging on my china cabinet because the color really pops against the ivory paint. Make these hearts as festive decorations for Valentine's day using traditional colors like pink, red and white. Use Christmas-colored or themed scrapbook papers to create smaller versions for adorable heart ornaments, perfect for trimming the tree.

3D Paper Hearts

Ideas for Scrapbooking Paper
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    • ezzly profile image


      5 years ago

      That's really lovely !

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      5 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Beautiful heart :) Thanks a lot about the tips, really useful article :)

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      6 years ago from the Midwest

      So cute and easy! Pinning to remember for Valentine's Day!

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Celiegirl-- Thanks for stopping by. I'm delighted that you used this tutorial to make your own hearts. If you posted them anywhere online, I'd love to see them. Thanks again :)

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      6 years ago

      Thanks, so cool, went ahead and made some immediately.

    • Heather Says profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @epbooks-- Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you stopped by :)

      @idigwebsites-- Thanks for reading and commenting :)

      @Carl8033-- I hope you were able to try these with your neice! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :) Let me know it came out :)

      @btrbell-- Thanks neighbor! I'm glad you stopped by and commented :)

      @peachpurple-- Thanks for the kind words. I glad you stopped by :)

      @moonlake-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks for the kind words and shares :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      How beautiful! Easy to follow instructions. I love it. Voted up!

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      7 years ago from United States

      Clever and beautiful idea for a craft! And seems so simple to make too. Up and useful. :)

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      Carl Junior 

      7 years ago

      Wow, such a great hub and so easy to understand. I will try this one out with my niece over the weekend. Thanks for sharing

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a cute and clever idea!Thank you for the thorough instructions! up++

    • peachpurple profile image


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your 3d heart paper hub is fantastic. I love the way you took the photos, add in the wordings and curve corners. All well done. Easy to follow instructions and the photos were very helpful. Voted up

    • moonlake profile image


      7 years ago from America

      How pretty and what good instructions. Loved your hub voted up and shared.


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