Making a paper strip heart garland is a fun activity to work on either by yourself or with your children. They are easy to make and look great any time of the year.
You can use any type of paper you have on hand. I’ve seen them made out of card stock, vintage books or maps, sheet music, old magazines, or anything else you have on hand. I’ve included a vintage map printable (for subscribers) at the end of this post if you’d like to make one like the one in the photos.
Instructions for Making Paper Strip Heart Garland
Cut out the following strips of paper for each heart you want to make.
- 8 1/2 by 1 inch (cut 2)
- 6 1/2 by 1 inch (cut 2)
- 4 1/2 by 1 inch (cut 2)
- 4 1/2 by 1 inch (cut 1) (This is for the strip in the middle.)
Arrange them as shown in the picture below with the one short 4 1/2 inch strip in the middle. Arrange the other strips in decreasing sizes on both sides.
Stack the strips and align one end.
Staple the ends together.
Fold the ends of three strips down on one side and three strips down on the other side, forming heart shapes. Leave the middle strip sticking up. This is a little hard to explain, but if you look at the photo, it should be clear.
Staple the ends together again in the same place you stapled before.
Punch a hole in the top and hang.
You can also make a strip of hearts by following slightly different instructions. As you make each new heart, staple it to the other heart using the middle strip.
To receive printout to make the paper strip heart garland, enter your information below. If you’re like me and always trying to save ink, you will be happy to know that the printout uses the least amount of ink possible. All the strips are pre-marked, making this so easy- just print and cut.