Paper Heart

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Celebrate the first day of May with an age-old tradition -- making a May basket.

What you'll need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Helpful Tip:

Fill the basket with fresh flowers or candy, then surprise a friend by anonymously hanging it from his or her doorknob.


This heart-shaped basket also makes a sweet Valentine for someone special.

How to make it

  1. Fold two 3 x 9-inch paper rectangles in half lengthwise (this forms the two halves of the heart). Place them on a table so that the creases are at the bottom.

  2. Measure 3 inches up from each crease and use a pencil to lightly draw a straight line across the paper. With scissors, round off the top of each half, above the line.

  3. On each half, mark 1-inch increments along the crease. Make a straight cut up from each mark to the pencil line to form three flaps for weaving the two halves together.

  4. Paper Heart - step 4

    Hold one half of the heart in each hand. Weave the upper flap of the right half through the flaps of the left half by slipping it through the center of the first one, around the middle one, and through the third one.

  5. Paper Heart- step 5

    Next, weave in the middle flap of the right half, this time slipping it around the first flap, through the second flap, and around the third flap. Finally, weave in the last flap following the same sequence you used with the upper flap. If done correctly, the woven heart will open into a basket.

  6. Paper Heart - step 6

    For a handle, just glue the ends of the construction paper strip to the inside of the heart, and the basket is ready to fill.

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