DIY Paper Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day

Paper heart garland is one fun project to make, and it creates a festive atmosphere on Valentine’s Day. Learn how to make one here.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. How ready are you??? I’m getting there!

Valentine’s Day Easy Paper Heart Garland decorating the mantel cover with text overlay

With this cute easy paper heart garland, I finished my Valentine’s Day decoration for the mantel and I couldn’t be happier!

I made my whole mantel pink, red, and gold. I love that color combo and let’s be honest, where does gold look bad? LOL

You might also love these other Valentine crafts ideas: Origami Fortune Cookie for Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day Mini Cards (Free Printable), and Ombre Ruffled Heart Valentine’s Day Wreath.

How to Make a Paper Heart Garland for Valentine’s Day

I chose my style and color combo from the beginning. I was tempted to make it red, black and gold but my girly side was stronger so I added the pink. I’m really happy to have heard my girly side though! I so love how my garland and the whole mantel turned out even though it’s not an actual fireplace mantel.

You can check out my Sparkling Love Valentine’s Day Letter Blocks and my Layered Heart Pattern Valentine’s Day Frame that I made for this mantel for more inspiration!

I love this craft for a fun DIY valentines project the kids will love making. It’s so easy to get them started cutting paper hearts out of their favorite cardstocks, and then stringing them up. Just make sure you make the holes or cuts for the strings.

This project requires no gluing, no sewing and although I used a cutting machine, it’s not a requirement. However, if you don’t like the hearts moving freely you can add a tiny bit of glue on the back to secure them with the yarn in place.

I’ve also seen other friends using a sewing machine to join the hearts together and it looks super cute too. It all comes to what inspires you and what you have available.

These three garlands I made took a total time of 30 min Since there’s no gluing involved that you have to wait for gyring, this is also your active time. Considering I took photos of the process, it’s a super quick and easy project to put together even at the last minute.

What type of papers can be used for this project?

Your style is the limit although the paper weight could limit too LOL. From craft paper, scrapbook paper or cardstock, decorated/embossed cardstock, plain school cardstock, construction paper, among others.


This is SOOOO easy and inexpensive!

  • Cardstock in different colors or shades.
  • Yarn or baker’s twine
  • Heart paper punch or a cutting machine.
  • Scissors, knife and pencil are optional


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If you are using Silhouette Cameo You can download my cut file HERE or use any heart from the Silhouette store!

If you are not using any cutting machine, that’s ok too. Skip the first step.

Just find a heart shape you like, set it to the size you want your hearts to be, and print one. Or if you have a large heart-shaped paper punch that works too.

Use that as your template to trace hearts onto your cardstock and cut them with scissors.

This craft is so easy you can do it with simple and basic tools too! I don’t leave out anyone!

Back to the Silhouette step.

First set the size you want the hearts to me and then cut a bunch of them. Cut as many hearts as you can on your mat.

All the light pink hearts cut on the silhouette cameo mat

I cut 20 hearts of each cardstock color. I made 3 sets of hearts in total. But you can also mix it up between smaller and larger heart sizes.

Once hearts are ready cute 2 threads of yarn about 2 yards each or longer if you want {you might need more hearts}

pink, red and gold hearts and pink yarn ready to start assembling the  Paper Heart Garland

Make tight knots at the end of each yarn thread.

both ends of the yarn string with a knot made

Make 2 cuts with your cuter about in the middle of each heart. You can use a paper punch or a yarn needle. I wanted the hearts tight in the yarn but I didn’t have a needle for yarn so I used a cutter to open up a space to insert the yarn through the heart.

a pink heart with 2 parallel cuts made around the center

Assembling the Paper Heart Garland

Insert the yarn from the back to the front and then to the back again.

The pink heart with the yarn string inserted through the cuts

Play with color patterns. I did it Pink-red-pink-gold-red-pink-red-gold.

one heart of each color already  inserted through the yarn string

Keep going until you fill each thread and leave about 10 inches on each end.

1  Paper Heart Garland ready alternating each color of hearts.

Then do the same for the other 2 threads!

All three  Paper Heart Garland finished
a closeup view of one of the  Paper Heart Garlands seeing the red, gold and light pink hearts

There you go!!! Let’s decorate!

A farther view of the  Paper Heart Garlands next to a flower vase
The whole mantel view decorated with the wooden blocks, heart pattern frame and the cute  Paper Heart Garland

I made the hearts go different ways. Two heart threads go left and one goes right. And I also made them have different levels on their ends.

Hope you like this quick and fun craft for Valentine’s Day! This super cute and easy paper heart garland is so much fun to make with kiddos too!

More Valentine’s Day Projects to try

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