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How to Make a Heart Paper Chain

This heart paper chain is a simple yet fun craft that makes for a cute decoration for the house or classroom. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year, both kids and adults will enjoy creating it.

how to make a heart paper chain

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Paper chains are one of my favorite crafts. They are so simple to make and the designs you create can range from very simple to very complicated. It is a great craft for both kids and adults to work on together and also makes a fun DIY decoration.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you how to make this cute heart paper chain using supplies that you probably already have around the house.

Supplies needed to make a heart paper chain:

  • Red construction paper (Any other color would work as well! Feel free to be as creative as you would like!)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to make a heart paper chain:

You can follow the written step by step tutorial to create the heart paper chain, or you can watch this video for a visual representation.

Step 1: Fold a piece of red construction paper in half.

Start by folding a red piece of construction paper in half longways. Cut the paper in half along the fold. To make this paper chain you will only be using one half of the piece of paper. If you want to make the chain longer, you can use the other half of the paper to make another heart chain and then attach them together using glue or tape.

For my sample, I used a 9×12 inch piece of construction paper. However, you can use any size paper you have around as long as the strip of paper ends up being a long rectangle.

cutting paper

Step 2: Fold the paper in half three times.

Fold the paper in half. Next, fold it in half a second time, Fold it again once more for a total of three folds.

folding paper 1

Step 3: Unfold the of paper and then refold it again accordion style.

Next, unfold the strip of paper. Fold it again, but this time, accordion style. Accordion style fold means that you have to fold one section in, turn the page over and then fold the next section in. Continue to repeat this step until the entire strip of paper is refolded.

Important: Once you have finished folding, make sure that the right side of the top fold opens up like a book. The left side of the paper will be the folded side. The left side side should not open. This will make sure that all of the hearts connect to one another.

folding back and forth

Step 4: Draw half of the heart shape.

The next step is to draw half of the heart shape. You can follow the sample heart shape in the photo shown below.

Make sure to have the right side of the heart go off the side of the paper a bit. Doing this will make sure that the hearts will connect to each other when the paper chain is opened.


Step 5: Cut out heart and unfold.

Cut out the outline of the heart and unfold the paper to reveal your heart paper chain!

Four hearts should have been made. If you would like to make a longer paper chain, you can repeat this process as many times as you would like and then connect all of the heart chains together using tape or glue.

final heart chain

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to check out some of our other easy paper chain tutorials below: