How to Create a Valentine Heart Garland Craft With Your Kids
Want to show your kids that Valentine’s Day is about caring for others—not about gifts and candy?
Spread the joy of Valentine’s Day with a colorful heart garland to decorate a special celebration.
It’s easy to make with your family, and is a great way to show your kids that you don’t have to go on a spending spree to say, “I love you.”
In this article I’ll explain how to make a 3-D valentine heart garland to decorate for a special meal to show your kids how to express their love through some crafting fun.
Why Make a Heart Garland?
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for people you love—and I think as parents, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids is as sweet as it gets.
These days, we’re bombarded with commercial messages from dawn till dusk insisting that love is always a heart-shaped box of candy or an expensive night on the town. It’s a tough message to escape. And school celebrations are all about the sugar…
An hour or two crafting with your kids followed by a shared family meal is a marvelous way to spend a few hours together and help your children put Valentine’s Day in perspective.
Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. My lovely husband proposed on this day many years ago. We thought a family picnic with some colorful heart-shaped garlands we made ourselves would heartily celebrate the occasion.
It’s a fun way for your family to celebrate together, too.
Check out how to make a three-dimensional heart garland using nothing more than paper, scissors and glue. Then hang it up to set the scene for a festive family meal.
#1: Make a Symmetrical Shape
When making garlands, use symmetrical shapes. They are by far the easiest. We chose a heart for Valentine’s Day, but you can choose any shape you like.
Quick option: To make a heart-shaped garland, print this PDF on card stock and skip to #3.
Custom option: To make a garland out of other shapes, follow the instructions below.
First make a sample of your shape.
The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of paper in half and cut out half of the shape. When you unfold the paper, the two sides will be perfectly symmetrical.
Cut your shape freehand or trace something. Dishes make excellent circles. Cookie cutters work well, too. Or use a ruler to draw straight lines.
#2: Make a Template for Your Garland
When you’ve got it cut out just the way you like it, use the shape to make a template for your garland.
The template will include a rectangular tab down the center of your shape. That’s what will make the garland three-dimensional.
To make a template, fold your shape back in half and place it on a piece of card stock or thin cardboard.
Slide the shape over so the folded edge lies parallel to the edge of the cardboard, about 1/2″ (1.25 cm) away.
Trace your shape onto the card stock and use a straight edge to draw lines from the top and bottom of the fold to the edge of the card stock.
Cut out the cardboard template.
#3: Heart Production Line
Continue here whether you’re using the PDF template or one you made yourself.
Fold several pieces of colorful paper in half.
Place the flat edge of the template along the fold and trace around the other sides.
Make two of each color for every link in your heart garland.
Cut them out along the lines you traced.
Go crazy and cut out as many hearts as you want! The more hearts you cut out, the longer your garland will be.
#4: Glue Your Hearts Together
Fold along the rectangle that separates the two halves of your shape. Bend the fold both directions so the heart can be opened either way.
Unfold your shapes and reform them into U-shaped half-hearts.
Match them into pairs and put glue on the rectangular tabs (the bottoms of the “U’s”).
Press two together firmly on the seam between the hearts to attach them.
Once you’ve got a pile of 3-D hearts, you can begin to connect them.
Put a bit of glue along the widest point of the hearts, pick out your color combinations, and stick them together in a colorful chain. You and your children will have lots of fun.
When you’re happy with the length of your garland, it’s ready to hang!
#5: Share the Love
While you’re cutting and pasting together, talk to your kids about the true spirit of Valentine’s Day.
Watch this video to see what kids think about the adventure called love. Then ask your kids the same questions.
Ask them their thoughts about love and different ways to show someone that you care.
#6: Decorate and Celebrate
Now it’s time to admire your creation and celebrate the holiday of love together over a special meal. It’s also an opportune time to demonstrate that celebrations don’t have to be expensive.
Dress up a simple, inexpensive meal with heart-shaped food. With a cookie cutter you can transform even the plainest sandwich into a special valentine treat. Sliced strawberries are nature’s own valentine hearts. Transform a teabag into a cup of love by pasting a heart over the paper tab. There are lots of other festive valentine foods on Pinterest.
And of course, adorn your table, walls or picnic blanket with a colorful garland of hearts that your kids will be proud of!
It was so much fun! I love the quote from Plato: “Life should be lived as play.” I couldn’t agree more.
I hope you have just as much fun celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family as I did with mine.
We had a great time putting this project together and hope you and your family have a lovely Valentine’s Day too.
Some Final Thoughts…
Valentine’s Day is not just a celebration for couples—it’s a celebration of love, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate your love for your family.
Through this project, we were able to celebrate by making the garland together, and then enjoying a nice afternoon tea.
It was some really positive family time and a gorgeous reminder of how lucky we are when we love and are loved in return.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What do you think? How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day? Where will you hang your heart garlands? I’d love to see them! Please share comments and pictures below.