Paper Plate Pop Up Heart

By Noreen Doll.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

A paper plate pop up heart is a very festive Valentine decoration.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

It is so easy to create that even a very young child can do it with assistance.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

This heart requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have.


Paper Plate

Red Tissue Paper

White School Glue

White Crepe Paper or Ribbon


Small Piece of Packing Tape



How to Make a Paper Plate Pop Up Heart.

1. Draw the heart shape on the inside of a paper plate, using the photo below.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

The solid lines are where you cut.

The dashed line is the fold line – do not cut it.

Cut out the shape.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

2. Cut a sheet of red tissue paper into 2 inch squares. The size does not need to be exact.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

3. Crumple each tissue paper square.

4. On the inside of the paper plate, cover a small area of the heart with white glue.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

5. Begin putting the crumpled tissue paper in the glue, putting the pieces fairly close together.

Add more glue to the plate next to the tissue paper you’ve adhered.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

Adhere more crumpled squares.

Continue like this until you’ve covered the entire heart, down to the fold line.

6. If there are any white areas showing on the heart, add a bit of glue and another bit of tissue paper.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

7. Allow the heart to dry overnight.

8. Fold the bottom part of the plate to the back – but not all the way.

You want the heart to be able to stand up and not lay down completely.

9. Unfold the plate.

On the back of the heart, put a piece of packing tape across the fold line to make the fold sturdier.

10. Fold the paper plate again so the heart is standing up, leaning slightly back.

11. Add a crepe paper bow.

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

The bow can be centered on the heart,

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

or placed off to one side.


For a very young child an adult can put glue on the plate and let the child attach the tissue paper balls.

White ribbon may be used to make a bow instead of crepe paper.

An adult should supervise children while they work on this project.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Super cute craft! Love it!

  2. Wow! This is such a fun valentine craft for kids to make!

  3. This is a great idea for recycling.

  4. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday!

  5. What a neat project for kids or adults. A few of these together would be a cuter centerpiece. I’m stopping by from the Wednesday link up, it’s very nice to meet you.

  6. What a cute project for Valentine’s or an Anniversary : ) I’m pinning this!

  7. Darling idea!

    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  8. What a darling idea! Thanks for sharing it with us…I saw your post over at BFF Link Up Party.

  9. Too cute! Thank you for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  10. Cute idea! I’ve pinned you to my pinterest board!

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Such a cute idea! Love how it pops up! I started covering a large poster board heart with tissue paper squares last year and it seemed like it was taking me forever. lol! Still haven’t gotten back to finishing it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. What a darling idea! I love the concept of frugal and simple – especially with the kiddos. Thank you for linking at Snickerdoodle and come again soon!

  13. Noreen, this is so darling!!! Perfect for Valentine’s season!! You are so amazing… Your friend, Linda at Crafts a la Mode

  14. Hi Noreen! Just popping by behind Linda, here, to let you know we have Featured your adorable Pop up Heart on What to do Weekends! Congratulations!
    Hugs and Happy Friday!

  15. Hi Noreen! Featuring this one too at my Valentine’s Day round up. Thank you!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  16. I love all your cute craft projects, thanks for sharing this paper plate pop up heart at my last party! Stop by this Friday for another Fabulous Friday Party

  17. This looks like a fun craft for my young grandchildren. We will definitely be trying it for Valentines day! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I love how cute this is! This would be such a cute craft to do with kids for their teachers and things! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I have already pinned it and am ready to attack this for decorations around my store! I cannot wait to see what you have for us next week!

  19. What a great idea. I’ve never seen one before. My kids would really enjoy this. Stopping by from Party in Your PJs.

  20. What a wonderful idea! My kids will love to make these! Thank you for linking up to the Really Crafty Link Party! Pinned!

  21. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen> I want to make this!!! Sharing on Facebook tomorrow.Best wishes, your friend, Linda

  22. Lovely !!!

  23. This is such a great craft! I love it and can’t wait to make it with my kids. Off to dig up some tissue paper… :)

  24. Tissue paper is the best! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

  25. This looks super fun, and easy enough that I think I could manage it with my 5 year old. Thanks for sharing on This is How We Roll linky party!

  26. Another cute project that my girls will love! I love how you make everything so easy so that kids can make them without getting frustrated! So glad you shared your project with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  27. Hey, Noreen! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Paper Plate Pop Up Heart so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!!
    Life With Lorelai

  28. We will be making this for Daddy’s “Valentine’s Day Birthday”. Congratulations on your #HomeMattersParty feature.

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