Wednesday, February 10, 2016

folded paper hearts tutorial

Still one of my favorite projects from Valentine's Day last year--fan folded paper hearts. These cuties are perfect for decor, cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts. Enjoy!

Accordion folded rosettes are a long-time favorite DIY paper craft embellishment, so it makes sense to see them appearing in various altered forms. I love the different accordion fold shapes popping up on paper crafts projects like leaves, trees, and stars. Today I'll show you how to make accordion fold hearts for your Valentine's Day projects.

Accordion Folded Heart Bag by Aly Dosdall
Accordion Folded Heart Bag by Aly Dosdall_close

To create an accordion folded heart, start by trimming a 12" x 1 3/4" strip of paper. Fold the paper in half, and cut the strip as shown in the image below.

accordion heart 1

Unfold your cut paper strip and it should look like a bracket shape. Align the straight edge of the strip at the top of the Trim and Score Board, and score every 1/2 inch.

accordion heart 2

Accordion fold the strip (beginning and ending with a mountain fold) and adhere the ends together with strong adhesive.

accordion heart 3

Place some adhesive on a small scrap of paper, flatten the folded strip into a heart shape with the straight edge on the inside, and press it into the adhesive on the paper scrap.

accordion heart 4

accordion heart 5

You can cover the center with a brad or other embellishments, and then add the embellished heart to any paper craft project--scrapbook pages, cards, gift packaging, etc. I placed mine on some Valentine's Day treat packaging I made with my Gift Box Punch Board, and my Gift Bag Punch Board. I used papers and stickers from the Homemade collection by our sister company, Pebbles, Inc. I embellished the folded hearts with some sentiment stickers and some shapes I cut out with my Albums Made Easy Dies and Evolution Advanced.

Accordion Folded Hearts by Aly Dosdall

Accordion Folded Heart Box by Aly Dosdall_close

This Valentine's Day try including some trendy accordion folded hearts on your paper craft projects.

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