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How To Make Paper Heart Doilies for Valentine’s Day Suncatchers

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.

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

How to Make Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

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.

Anyway, back to the tissue paper doilies…

Tissue paper heart doilies

How To Make Tissue Paper Heart Doilies

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1. Cut heart shape

To begin, I cut a heart out of tissue paper. You can make two or three at a time, since the tissue is so thin.

Tissue paper heart doilies

2. Fold heart

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

3. Cut shapes

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

Tissue paper heart doilies

4. Open and lay flat

And opened it up to see the doily.

Tissue paper heart doilies

5. Con-tact paper

Trim a piece of clear contact paper large enough to cover the heart.

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

6. Hang in the window!

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

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

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day craft project? Leave a comment below!

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How To Make Paper Heart Doilies for Valentine\'s Day Suncatchers


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    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    They turned out really pretty. Great idea. :)

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    Concetta Perot, Glittering Shards
    February 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Oh, this is so lovely. We will have a go tomorrow, thanks for the inspiration.

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    February 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful! I actually think I like the hole punched one the best – classic and fun!

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    Meg @ Kids & Eggs
    February 5, 2010 at 8:00 am

    great -thanks! I am going to try these at school & at home!

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    happy birdycake
    February 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    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! :)

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    February 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    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 :)

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    February 11, 2010 at 1:12 am

    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!

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    valentines flowers
    October 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Those are really nice! With a luxury of time, maybe filling the room with this will really look nice.

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    The Orchard
    February 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Those are gorgeous! I am going to get this ready today for an after-school craft.

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    February 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    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.

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