TUTORIAL: hanging heart charms

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Lucy’s class was asked to bring in 100 of something…100 marbles, 100 noodles, 100 whatever. So she and I cut out and decorated 100 handmade paper hearts.
And aside from how cute little hearts are, we were dazzled by the leftovers. I loved the strips of cut-out hearts….they looked like little lanterns or wind chimes. They were destined to become Valentines decor.
So we hung them up.
and now they’re charming our living room.
They’d also be pretty hung in front of a window or strung on a garland.
It’s pretty self-explanatory. No tracing, just free-hand cutting.
Here’s what you do….
Then let the kids go crazy and explore the space.
They totally loved the heart attack and then created a game….try to walk back and forth without touching any of the hearts. Pretty impossible but really fun to watch.
1 project; 2 outcomes.
Hearts for school:
Hearts for home:
I heart hotpink toenails:
and a little gif “dancing”.
(sorry if the movement makes you sick. Maybe I should slow them down).
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  1. I think the adorable little pink toes totally make this post! SO cute!! What a great idea!

  2. 2) Laurel

    How cute! I love how you come up with ways to use things that I wouldn’t think of using. So creative!

    And I love the dancing at the end. šŸ™‚

  3. Suuuuper cute šŸ™‚ I might have to make some with my kids!

  4. I love the gif, they look so cute. Great project too.

  5. When making a heart garland out of felt a couple weeks ago I had felt strips with the heart cutouts and I thought I should do something with it. I’m kicking myself for throwing them away and not doing something fun like you did! They look adorable!!

  6. Simple easy and dual purpose projects are my favorite! My kids will love to make these. Thanks.

    I totally have to try making one of those animated gifs too!

  7. 8) Clover

    Very cute Dana. Just a word that your new font is so tiny when I read it in my reader on my phone it’s so hard to see. Your other site was much easier. Thanks.

  8. Super cute! And I love the movement on the kids!

  9. Oh, I need to do something fun like this with my girls! And make an animated gif sometime–thanks for the link!

  10. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing, I love reading your blog. Our kids are the same age and I find your ideas very inspiring. Greetings from France. Noelle.

  11. What a cute idea! We plan on working on our 100 project this weekend too. He picked Legos of course. šŸ™‚

  12. Oh, Dana, I love you to the point of creepiness. I love the photos in this post! So much happiness. :O)

  13. 15) Margaret

    L.O.V.E. it!

  14. These look really cool! Your images for this project are fantastic!!!! & LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gif!!!

  15. i love these!! i love hearts in general, especially when the color red is included. so simple yet so beautiful. šŸ™‚

  16. I don’t know what is cuter… your decorations or your kids. Such a great idea! Hitting myself because I have never done it. Totally doing this at our house. Love the gif at the end. So darling!

  17. What a cute and easy craft! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Brilliant and adorable. and of course, lovin your little blondie pictures. I think I need a few more kids. I only have one brownie and one blondie…. šŸ™‚

  19. You inspire me to make my…
    My first pin ever.

    (Welcome to the 21st century, Maryelizabeth.)

  20. Hi Dana,

    I really appreciate you answering the question regarding the snippets of your blog seen through Google Reader. It makes sense now! Thanks!

  21. cute, I JUST took the heart garland we made two years ago for Vday down from the girls room. We’ll have to something like your project again soon.

  22. 27) Aunty Lulu

    I made these once and glued the leftover cut outs on anothe piece of thick paper. decorate and give them as valentine bookmarks !

  23. me encanto lo voy a crear para mi bella hija!!!

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