Scrap booking isn’t my thing, even if I do have 2 tubs full of scrapbooking paper. I mean, I can’t resist it. Can you? It’s freaking insane how cute they make that stuff! It’s kind of a thing…
Another thing I have is going to the craft store and not using my 40% off coupon on anything. I. Will. Find. Something. to buy with that thing. It’s the most ridiculous dang thing but that is seriously what happens.
I just so happen to have gotten some pretty Valentine’s Day card stock because of both of these problems. Everything I had in my little hand basket at Michael’s was already on sale so I went looking through the paper. It’s kind of sat around here with no purpose until I decided to make a paper chain with it. But then I decided to make a heart paper chain instead of a plain ol’ one. So here we are! This tutorial is brought to you by my compulsive craft shopping habits!
For this project you will need:
Cut your paper into 1 inch strips. I used letter size so I was easily able to zip the paper with my paper cutter getting 11 pieces that were 8.5 inches long. Perfect!
To work faster, go through and fold all of your pieces of paper in half. Patterns with white backgrounds can be folded either with the pattern inside or out. With it outside the actual heart will have the print on the inside. And on the flip side with the print on the inside of the fold the pattern will be on the outside of the heart.
Take your first piece and staple at the bottom of the fold. NOT the open end, the folded one.
Take the two free ends and unwrap them to connect together. See how the staple is inside of the paper? This is how you’ll make your heart shape from now and forever.
To make a chain, take another piece of paper that is folded in half and wrap it around the bottom of the previous heart.
It takes a minute to figure it all out but don’t stress. It’s really pretty easy after you get going.
Staple both pieces of paper together at the bottom along that fold.
Your chain will grow each time you make a new heart.
You can join the hearts to create wreaths or make the hearts change direction!
On my moose head, here, I connected two chains on the last heart so that my hearts are all facing the right direction.
It’s just a little bit of paper and a little bit of effort, but my gallery wall I’m working on is all the more fab for Valentine’s Day thanks to an impulsive paper purchase :)