Valentine Heart Leis

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By Marie LeBaron

My Paper HeartThese fun heart-shaped leis are helping to spread Valentine’s cheer. They are the perfect activity for your child’s classroom party or to make ahead of time to give out as Valentines.



Cardstock paper in Valentine colors
Yarn in Valentine colors
Straws in Valentine colors
Clear tape
Hole punch
Crayon or black pen


Heart Step1
Step 1: Cut out your hearts. You can do this a few ways.The quickest way to do this is to cut your paper into 4 pieces, fold each piece in half, and cut out 2 hearts on the fold. You can also use a large heart paper punch or simply cut them out freehand. You’ll need 12 hearts per child-sized necklace.
Step 2: Cut your straws into 1½” pieces. The shorter they are, the easier they are to thread through yarn. You’ll need 12 cut straws for each child-sized necklace.
Heart Step3
Step 3: Punch a small hole in each heart. Depending on how large or small your straws are, you’ll need to make sure your holes are smaller. Otherwise, the straw will go right through the punched hole in the heart. I had really small straws, so I had to use a very small paper punch.
Step 4: Cut a 2’–3′ piece of yarn, depending on how long or short you want it to lay around your child’s neck. Using clear tape, tape one end of the yarn. This makes it much easier to thread through the straws.
Heart Step5
Step 5: Now it’s time to thread the paper hearts and straw pieces onto the yarn. Line them up if you want to make a special pattern. Once you’ve attached each straw and heart you want, tie off the 2 ends together.
Heart Step6
Step 6: It’s almost done. You can stop here, or you can add a few fun Valentine sayings. We wrote a little message on each heart: “cutie pie,” “be mine,” “u r cute,” etc. Now it’s ready to be placed on a child, showing them how loved they are this Valentine’s day!
Heart Lei

About the Author:

Author Marielebaron

Marie LeBaron is a crafter, foodie, and mother of three from Salt Lake City, Utah. You can see more of her crafts at her blog Make and Takes.

37 thoughts on “Valentine Heart Leis

  1. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I found a heart shaped craft punch to be well worth the money! It saved me a lot of time, and was only $14 at Michaels, less the 40% off coupon. I found that you need to use at least 14 hearts to make it long enough to fit a 5 year old. Also, taping the end of the yarn didn’t work; I had to use a tapestry needle instead. For the straws, I used coffee stirrers. My daughter’s kindergarten class loved them!

  2. Mrs. Q. says:

    My 3-year-old daughter helped assemble these as gifts for her grandmothers and teachers. We used light cardstock, some leftover scrapbook paper odds and ends, even some leftover valentines to make the hearts.
    I wish I paid attention to your note about the size of the hole
    punch. Mine was way too big and the straws slid right through. We ended up just taping a large safety needle to string (I was out of yarn, so we used thin ribbon and baker’s twine) and they easily poked through the hearts. My daughter loved “sewing” the hearts and even grabbed some sparkly plastic beads and added them between the hearts and straws. Wonderful and fun! Thanks

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