TUTORIAL: hanging heart charms

by Dana on January 24, 2012

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Lucy’s class was asked to bring in 100 of something…100 marbles, 100 noodles, 100 whatever. So she and I cut out and decorated 100 handmade paper hearts.
And aside from how cute little hearts are, we were dazzled by the leftovers. I loved the strips of cut-out hearts….they looked like little lanterns or wind chimes. They were destined to become Valentines decor.
So we hung them up.
and now they’re charming our living room.
They’d also be pretty hung in front of a window or strung on a garland.
It’s pretty self-explanatory. No tracing, just free-hand cutting.
Here’s what you do….
Then let the kids go crazy and explore the space.
They totally loved the heart attack and then created a game….try to walk back and forth without touching any of the hearts. Pretty impossible but really fun to watch.
1 project; 2 outcomes.
Hearts for school:
Hearts for home:
I heart hotpink toenails:
and a little gif “dancing”.
(sorry if the movement makes you sick. Maybe I should slow them down).
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I think the adorable little pink toes totally make this post! SO cute!! What a great idea!


2 Laurel January 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

How cute! I love how you come up with ways to use things that I wouldn’t think of using. So creative!

And I love the dancing at the end. :)


3 Rhonda Steed January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Suuuuper cute :) I might have to make some with my kids!


4 Laura January 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I love the gif, they look so cute. Great project too.


5 Amy January 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

When making a heart garland out of felt a couple weeks ago I had felt strips with the heart cutouts and I thought I should do something with it. I’m kicking myself for throwing them away and not doing something fun like you did! They look adorable!!


6 lisarenata January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Simple easy and dual purpose projects are my favorite! My kids will love to make these. Thanks.

I totally have to try making one of those animated gifs too!


7 the sleepy time gal January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

so simple and yet so cool!


8 Clover January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Very cute Dana. Just a word that your new font is so tiny when I read it in my reader on my phone it’s so hard to see. Your other site was much easier. Thanks.


9 Eva Scott January 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Oh how cheery! I love it!


10 Chessa January 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Super cute! And I love the movement on the kids!


11 Anneliese January 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Oh, I need to do something fun like this with my girls! And make an animated gif sometime–thanks for the link!


12 MNY January 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing, I love reading your blog. Our kids are the same age and I find your ideas very inspiring. Greetings from France. Noelle.


13 delia January 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

What a cute idea! We plan on working on our 100 project this weekend too. He picked Legos of course. :)


14 Disney January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Oh, Dana, I love you to the point of creepiness. I love the photos in this post! So much happiness. :O)


15 Margaret January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

L.O.V.E. it!


16 Cassandra January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

These look really cool! Your images for this project are fantastic!!!! & LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gif!!!


17 amy c January 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

i love these!! i love hearts in general, especially when the color red is included. so simple yet so beautiful. :)


18 Toddler Approved January 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I don’t know what is cuter… your decorations or your kids. Such a great idea! Hitting myself because I have never done it. Totally doing this at our house. Love the gif at the end. So darling!


19 Jessica January 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

What a cute and easy craft! Thanks for sharing.


20 AP Mommy January 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Love it! Thank you for sharing!


21 maryElizabeth January 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Brilliant and adorable. and of course, lovin your little blondie pictures. I think I need a few more kids. I only have one brownie and one blondie…. :)


22 maryElizabeth January 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You inspire me to make my…
My first pin ever.

(Welcome to the 21st century, Maryelizabeth.)


23 Maritza McKinney January 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hi Dana,

I really appreciate you answering the question regarding the snippets of your blog seen through Google Reader. It makes sense now! Thanks!


24 kristen duke photography January 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

LOVE this idea!!! Fantastic pictures, too!


25 Toddler Approved January 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

Dana- I used this post as part of our 100 acts of kindness challenge this week. We are writing kind things that we do on the heart scraps and hanging them all around our kitchen. I love how it is working. Thanks so much for sharing this!


26 Becky January 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm

cute, I JUST took the heart garland we made two years ago for Vday down from the girls room. We’ll have to something like your project again soon.


27 Aunty Lulu February 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I made these once and glued the leftover cut outs on anothe piece of thick paper. decorate and give them as valentine bookmarks !


28 norma September 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

me encanto lo voy a crear para mi bella hija!!!


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