Handmade tissue paper heart doilies

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How to Make Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

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.

Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

And really, there is A LOT you can do with a heart.

How to Make a Tissue Paper Doily SuncatcherMaybe 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.)

Anyway, back to the tissue paper doilies…

DIY Tissue Paper Heart Doilies for Suncatchers


  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Transparent contact paper


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.

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

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

And opened it up to see the doily.

Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

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

Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

I also made one with the hole punch, taking my lead from Maia.

Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

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

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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. Jo 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. MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author 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.