Handmade tissue paper heart doilies

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Oh! I'm so excited about these! I made tissue paper heart doilies yesterday, inspired by the papel picado I did last year. And then I turned them into suncatchers!

To be honest, a week ago I was not that excited about Valentine's Day and all the hearts. Not that I have anything against hearts. I guess it's the assumption that our arts and crafts should be heart-related for a few weeks. Just like around Halloween it's all about pumpkins and ghosts. And, well, it sounds a little too limiting to me. And maybe a little boring.

But for some reason, every year I really get into it. Five out of my last six posts have been Valentine related. I thought I'd just post one or two ideas and that would be it. But no. Each idea seems to spawn other ideas.

And really, there is A LOT you can do with a heart. Maybe that's what makes it fun. Holiday themes give you a framework around which to work, but you can let your creativity loose within that framework.

(See here for some Valentine's ideas I came up with last year for a local paper.)

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Anyway, back to the tissue paper doilies… I started by cutting a heart out of tissue paper. You can make two or three at a time, since the tissue is so thin.

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I then folded the heart as if I were making a paper snowflake (which is essentially what I did).

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I cut out my shapes, including a few little hearts.

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And opened it up to see the doilie.

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I layered mine with contrasting tissue paper hearts and sandwiched them between two sheets of con-tact paper to make the suncatchers.

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Here's one I made with the hole punch, taking my lead from Maia.

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So what do you think? Are we going a little heart crazy over here?

If you liked these Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies, then you might like the other Valentine's Day crafts and recipes in The Artful Winter ebook:


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  1. says

    great idea! I am going to try this with honeypie!… as well as those awesome cookies we saw on one of your posts a couple of days back!! can’t wait to make those too! thanks! :)

  2. says

    Love this idea! I am going to do with the some children I babysit. Another fun Valentines craft is to get some cleaning sponges and cut them into hearts and then sponge paint some Valentines :)

  3. brandy says

    I love these heart ideas! I have been wanting to deco for V-day because we hardly seem to deco much for holidays but all I could find really were v-day card ideas. I just wanted some ideas for the windows and walls and these fit the bill. Thanks a bunch for sharing them!! Oh and my kids will love the indoor hopscotch idea too. We are also going stir crazy here!

  4. says

    Hole punch is what I want to try! I’m sure every kid has their own opinion… i saw a little girl yesterday cutting with those “wiggly” craft scissors that make fancy edges. She was like Edward Scissorhands, scraps flying! Her sister was making scalloped edges. What a contrast! Both were in their own art zones.