Swedish Paper Heart Valentine Craft

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Say "I love you!" with a beautiful woven Swedish paper heart. They are perfect for Valentine's Day party favors for the kids.

What you'll need

  • 2 pieces of paper, each a different color
  • pencil
  • scissors

How to make it

  1. First cut two paper rectangles from colored construction paper and round off the ends. The exact dimensions of the rectangles don't matter as long as the two pieces are the the same size. You may want to start with larger pieces while learning.

  2. Fold the strips in half and cut 2-3 slits through the folds. Do not cut all the way to the edge.

  3. You'll be weaving "through and around", as opposed to the "over and under" in traditional weaving. Begin by weaving strip 1 through slit A, around strip B, through slit C. Push this row to the back, where the slits end. Continue the weaving with strip B. Weave it through slit 1, around strip 2, through slit 3. Continue until all the rows are done.

    Admittedly, these woven hearts are a bit tricky to learn. But with practice and patience you'll see they aren't so hard after all. Once you get the hang of it, you can experiment with felt, craft foam, fabric, etc. To make an optional handle on your basket cut a strip of matching paper and staple the ends to the front and back of your basket.

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