Valentine’s Garland

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Happy valentines day! I have been sick with that horrible cold that has been going around, but I can finally think straight again, so I will share a Valentine’s day project I made last week.
Every month to decorate my library, I am always looking for quick and easy projects. It’s even better if the projects are easy enough for kids to help!
This idea is quick, easy, and really cute! I used a recycled encyclopedia, but you could use any paper…anything from newspaper to scrapbooking paper would work.
I started by ripping a few pages out of an encyclopedia. Cutting the paper into strips would be easy to do with a paper cutter, but I just had scissors, so I cut about 5 pages at a time. I started by cutting a bunch of strips lengthwise. I didn’t measure, I just cut the strips about an inch wide.

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Then I cut a bunch of strips the width of the paper.

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So, you should end up with two piles of strips of paper…

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Then staple four strips together, put the two short strips on the outside, so they are in this order.

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Then stack them in a pile so the ends are even, and staple them together like this…

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Next, fold the strips over so that they form the bottom of the heart, like this…

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Before you staple the bottom of the heart closed, add a long strip and a short strip to each side. The short strips should be on the outsides.

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Then staple all of the strips together like this…

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After that, bend the strips over to make another heart, make sure to make them even on the bottom..

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Then, just like before, add another short strip and a long strip to the outside, then staple.

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Before long, you will end up with a great looking chain!
I made my chains four hearts long and I hung them in the windows of my library. It’s hard to take a good photo, but here is the best I could do, I think you get the idea!

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When I got home, I thought I would try out the same idea, but with nicer paper. Off course, the kids wanted to try too, so here are their creations. As you can see, Dylan made a long chain, but Samantha ended up making a heart person…

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