This paper heart crown is the perfect Valentine’s project for classrooms or families. I am the room mom for my son’s kindergarten class. We were looking for a craft to do with the kids on Valentine’s Day. My mind was taken back to the 1 Corinthians 13 DIY heart garland I did with my kids a couple years ago. The thought was, “Why couldn’t I turn the garland in to a cute crown or heart hat for kids?” That’s exactly what we did.
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Paper Heart Crown – Materials Needed
- Red Stock Paper, Pink Stock Paper and White Stock Paper
- Paper Cutter
- Double Stick Tape
- Thin Sharpie
- Red Baking Twine
- Paper Hole Punch
- Pencil and White Paper to Make Template if doing these with many kids.
Paper Heart Crown – Written Instructions
- Cut paper into 3″ strips – lengthwise (2 per crown).
- Two options: 1) Use double stick tape to attach two strips together to make on long strip. Move on to step 3. 2) The second option is here because it is difficult to cut through all of the paper if you are folding up the entire 2 strip piece. If kids are cutting, you will want to fold the two strips separately and then line up to tape together once cut.
- Using an according style fold, fold the paper back and forth. I folded these about 1.75″ back and forth.
- Make a half heart template, making sure the edges of the heart are attached, so when cut they stay together.
- Have kids trace the template onto the folded paper, keeping the middle of the heart along the folded edge.
- Cut off the excess and open to reveal the makings of a paper heart crown.
- Your kids can decorate their paper heart crown however they want. I decided to have the kids answer the question: What is love? Love is… If you are of the Christian faith, you might want to share 1 Corinthians 13 with your kids as you discuss. If you are doing this in a more secular setting, simply brainstorm ideas with the kids. My daughter came up with the following: kind, caring, thoughtful, thankful, giving, helpful, sharing, nice. She wrote one trait per heart. If you prefer, kids can use paints, markers, glitter or stickers to decorate.
- If the paper heart crown is not long enough, make two holes at the ends of the crown with a hole punch and then tie on the child’s head with string. I love baker’s twine for this purpose.
Paper Heart Crown – Visual Instructions