20th January 2017

How To Make A 3D Heart Garland – Wedding Decor

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Super sweet and super cheap, this 3D paper heart garland is perfect for adding some homemade charm to your wedding day! You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make and could be a fun little activity for a hen-do… many hands make light work after all!

What you’ll need:

  • Double sided craft paper (We used 30cmx30cm)

  • Guillotine

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Glue gun and glue sticks

  • Ribbon

  • Hole punch

Step 1:

First you need to measure and cut strips of paper to make your hearts with. We used a selection of different patterned paper so as to create a really fun and colourful garland. You could choose to use as many or as few colours or patterns as you like! It really depends entirely on the theme that you are going for.

We measured our strips 2.5cm wide and cut 4 strips from each style of paper using the guillotine. How many strips you cut depends on how long you want your garland to be. From the 4 strips we kept 2 full length (30cm), cut one strip in half to make 2 x 15cm and then cut one to 22.5cm long. This was so that we could make 3 different sized hearts. We then repeated this for each different style of paper so that we ended up with lots of strips of paper!

Step 2:

Take each strip of paper and fold them perfectly in half.

Step 3:

Using your glue gun, apply a strip of glue to the outside edge of one of the strips. You can then gently bend (without actually folding) the opposite ends of the folded strip of paper towards each other and stick them together so as to create your heart shape.

Step 4:

Once stuck together, it may be necessary to trim where the two ends of paper meet to tidy it up slightly. You can then continue this sticking and trimming process with all of your strips of paper until you have lots and lots of paper hearts in 3 different sizes!

Step 5:

Once you’ve made all of your hearts you can start to combine some of them to make double hearts! We did this in a very random fashion, combining some of the smallest size with the medium size, some of the smallest with the biggest and some of the medium size with the biggest. We kept going until we were left with a random selection of different sized double hearts whilst also leaving some of the single hearts as they were.

To combine two of the single hearts run a line of glue along the top, outside crease of the smaller heart and then push it up into the inside of the larger heart.

Step 6:

Now you are ready to start to stick your hearts together using your glue gun, to form your garland. We took a very random, non-uniform approach to this, positioning the different sized hearts in no particular pattern and at different heights. You may prefer to combine your hearts in a more uniform, repeated pattern or even to keep all of your hearts the same size. You really can be as creative as you like! 

Step 7:

Once you have completed combining your hearts, take your hole punch and punch a single hole in the two end hearts.

Step 8:

Cut two equal lengths of ribbon, pop them through the hole you’ve punched and tie in a knot. And… Voila! Your garland is finished and ready to hang!