Danish Paper Valentines
When my kids were younger, they always wanted unique valentines to give their friends at school. This pattern is one for traditional Danish hearts that are usually made with felt. These are unique because they open at the top of the heart and you can put candy and messages inside. I made these from scrapbook paper, but I'm sure construction paper would also work well.
To get started, you need to make a template of a long oval that looks like this and measures approximately 4" wide and 10" long. The greater the length, the deeper the inside of the heart.
Find a coffee cup or small bowl that is a circle 4" across (diameter). Trace half of the circle on cardstock. Using a ruler at the widest part of the left and right sides of the semicircle, draw a line down 10". Place the cup between the ends of the lines to make the other end a semicircle. Now you have your template.
Using the template, cut two ovals from your paper for each valentine. I decided to use red and pink papers. Stack one oval paper on top of the other and fold them in half so the rounded ends are together.
Beginning on the fold, cut three vertical lines upward toward the rounded ends, stopping about 1" from the top of the curved end. The three lines should be generally evenly spaced, so start in the center of the fold and then cut a line on either side. If you want to measure and draw, that's fine; however, after you do a few, you will learn you can just eye it and cut. It should look like this when you take the papers apart:
Now the weaving begins. Start with the papers folded and positioned like this:
Referring to the picture, the first pink strip will weave THROUGH the first foldedvred strip and then AROUND the next red strip and so on. It's a little hard to do at first, but don't be afraid to bend and twist the strips to get them weaved together. They won't tear.