By Noreen Doll.
A paper plate pop up heart is a very festive Valentine decoration.
It is so easy to create that even a very young child can do it with assistance.
This heart requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have.
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.
The solid lines are where you cut.
The dashed line is the fold line – do not cut it.
Cut out the shape.
2. Cut a sheet of red tissue paper into 2 inch squares. The size does not need to be exact.
3. Crumple each tissue paper square.
4. On the inside of the paper plate, cover a small area of the heart with white glue.
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.
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.
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.
The bow can be centered on the heart,
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.