Heart Streamers from old magazines

25 Jan

How to Make a Simple Heart Streamer from Old Magazines

Heart Streamers

Valentine’s day is almost here, and I have a confession. Part of what I love about this holiday is that it’s an excuse to cut out lots of hearts. There’s something about cutting hearts out of paper or fabric that’s so soothing to me. This is an easy peasy way to put that obsession to good use making sweet little heart streamers!

All you need is an old magazine, a pair of scissors, thread or fishing line, and a glue stick.

Heart Streamers

First, you’ll want to flip through your magazine to look for good pages. Look for interesting textures and appropriate imagery. I used magazine photos of sweet couples and cool patterns, as well as some test pages from my printer that were sitting in the recycle bin.

Once you’ve got some pages picked out, you’ll want to fold them in half. The idea here is that you’re cutting out two identical hearts. You can even do a few pages at once, like in the photo below. If you have a heart punch, you can use this instead.

Heart Streamers

For the streamer pictured at the top, I needed six pairs of hearts. Once you have yours all cut out, grab your spool thread and get ready to make heart sandwiches! Take a pair of hearts and flip them so they’re both wrong side up. Without cutting the thread off of the spool, apply glue stick around the edges and a bit in the center of each heart, then lay your thread on one side, flip the other heart over, and smooth the paper together gently with your hand. You’ll keep adding sandwiches until the streamer is as long as you like. Then, measure about 12″ of additional thread before trimming your streamer off of the spool.

Heart Streamers

Ta-da! You’ve got a lovely heart streamer to hang on the wall or in the window. To hang, just tie the tail around the top of your window blinds or a small tack in the wall.

Streamers are just one little way to use old magazines for heart-based crafts! What recycled craft projects do you guys have up your sleeves for Valentine’s day?

Becky Striepe is an independent crafter and freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two cats. She loves working with vintage fabric and salvaged materials. There’s just something about giving found objects a brand new life that really appeals to her. They lend their own stories to everything she makes. They lend their own stories to everything she makes.

You can find her writing on her own site, at Green Options, and at greenUPGRADER. She writes about eco-friendly crafts and sustainable living.


2 Responses to “Heart Streamers from old magazines”

  1. UPVC Windows · November 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    i like to dress up my babies that is why i always buy very stylish baby clothing ‘.,

  2. INGAAS : October 26, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    baby clothings should be loose and as comfortable as possible because babies are not very tolerant temperature extremes”;:

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