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Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought this was a very fitting activity. 

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This heart garland valentines craft is an easy activity that will produce a festive decoration both simple and elegant.

Materials You Will Need: 

  • Newspaper
  • Pink card stock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Paper Clips
  • Hot Glue
  • Heart templates; one big and one little (make your own or use these)
  • Twine or string

Print and cut out the templates. You can use regular paper, but if you are making a big garland with lots of pieces, or you are working with kids you might consider creating templates from card stock. Take a half-page of newspaper and fold it in half, then fold it in half again. Trace your large template twice onto the newspaper, then cut the hearts out, making sure you are cutting through all the paper layers. Repeat this process with your pink paper and the smaller template. Glue the pink hearts onto the middle of each newspaper heart. Use hot glue and a bent paper clip to make the hanger for the back. Hang a piece of twine where you would like your garland to go, and then add each heart to the twine.

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Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.