The heart shape is a universal symbol for Valentine's day, and a fun shape to use for decoration. This paper garland is easy and quick to make with kids of all ages, and will brighten up any room. If you're having a party for the kids, you may wish to create as many hearts on the garland as the number of guests. At the end of the party, cut the garland apart to give out as party favors, or have each guest sign one heart on the garland, to create a type of guest-book that your child can keep as a memento.
What You Need:
- Red, pink, and white construction paper
- Hole punch
- Yarn or string
What You Do:
- First, draw and cut out hearts from the construction paper. Kids can cut hearts in many shapes and sizes, or create one basic shape. To make one unified shape, cut one heart and use it as a stencil for the rest.
- Next, take a hole puncher and make a hole in each of the hearts. Be sure to do it far enough from the edge of the heart so that the paper does not tear when you hang it.
- Cut one string for each of your hearts (8-12 inches long). Fold each string in half and pull the center loop through your heart's hole, then pull the ends through the loop and tighten them down.
- Now you'll have two ends of yarn from each of the hearts. Separate the strings. Pull one end of yarn from two separate hearts, and tie the two separate ends together to connect the hearts.
- Then, continue tying one heart to another, until all the hearts are attached in a long garland.
- Snip the loose ends from each of the knots you've tied on the string.
- Finally hang the garland. Tie the final ends of string to a curtain, banister, or tape it onto the walls. Now you are decorated and ready for Valentine's Day!