Are you wondering what you can do that is fun and creative with your kids or grandkids for Valentine’s Day? Today, I want to show you how to make a heart chandelier craft. This simple project will make you wonder no more!
A paper heart chandelier is an easy and inexpensive craft that can get the whole family involved. Our 3 year old grandson was even able to help with this one!
I’ve seen the valentine paper hearts DIY projects all over Pinterest but I wanted something a little different and fun to use as decoration. That’s why I knew that a “chandelier” would be perfect for this project.
The best part is that I had all of the supplies on hand so I didn’t need to go to the store for anything.
Let’s start with how much it will cost to make
These kinds of projects can be as inexpensive or as extravagant as you wish them to be.
Our 3 year old grandson helped with this one so it needed to be very simple. The whole thing really just cost me the price of a couple sheets of card stock and some fishing line so approximately $4 or $5.
I would say that is worth the cost of getting to spend quality time with those kiddos, wouldn’t you?
Supplies needed to make the paper heart chandelier
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We used a roll of fishing line to hang the garland. You can also use twine, ribbon or yarn but I wanted to give the illusion of “floating” hearts.
For the hearts, we used white, pink and red card stock. You can also get even more creative and cut some scrapbook paper into hearts or any kind of paper.
An embroidery hoop was used to hang the hearts. I used the part of the hoop without the tightener, just the ring. The other part was used in another project. Definitely no waste around here!!
Red ribbon was looped around the hoop. You can also use yarn for this but I was using things that I already had on hand.
And that is it!! Not many supplies needed for this project.
How to make the paper heart chandelier
The first thing that we did was cut the hearts from the card stock. I used my Silhouette Cameo but you can also cut them by hand. I wanted to save time because I needed 96 paper hearts for this project. That’s a whole lotta hearts!!
After I cut out the hearts, I laid them in a neat and even line on the table exactly how I wanted to hang them.
Then, I recruited my grandson to help me. He quickly decided that they needed to go in a big pile on the table. So all of my hard work was in a giant pile. I couldn’t get mad at that little face though!! He was only helping Amma out. ☺️
Isn’t it funny how things change from your kids to your grandkids? They go from big things that would get on your nerves into little things not worth fighting over. Grandmas, you know exactly what I’m talking about here!!
So after sorting through the hearts again, I busted out the glue stick and gave a demonstration to my grandson of how we needed to glue a heart, then add the fishing line, and then glue another heart to put on top. My grandson said that he was making hamburgers. 😂
He glued a few of the hearts onto the lines and then decided that he just wanted to put a heart on top of the glue stick and carry it around like a torch. So he was pretty much done with that!
I finished up adding the rest of the hearts to the lines and got started with the embroidery ring.
Pro tip: Make sure you leave a long tail on your fishing line. I’ll show you why in a bit.
For the embroidery ring, I added a touch of glue to the inside of the ring and attached the ribbon. This will hold the ribbon in place while it’s being wrapped around the ring.
The ribbon was wrapped around several times until the whole ring was wrapped. I added a touch of glue to the end and cut the ribbon so there was no extra showing and it wouldn’t unravel.
After that was done, I tied the fishing line to the ring using a double knot and making sure to leave a few spaces in between each line.
This is the step where the long tail on the fishing line was needed. To make this step easier, place the hoop flat onto the table and gather the long tails of the fishing line.
After you gather the lines in your hand, tie them in a double knot and clip of the ends with your scissors. This is how you will hang your paper heart chandelier!
And that is basically it!!
I used 6 lines of hearts but you can easily use more and stagger them on the hoop or tie one in the middle onto the line that you grouped together. The possibilities are endless!
I chose to make it short and easy because a 3 year olds attention span is not very long. He actually shocked me by completing two lines of the hearts!
You can watch here if you would like to see the video tutorial to this project: