How to Make Woven Paper Heart Envelopes

My mother taught me to make these woven paper heart envelopes.

Woven Paper Heart Envelope

First you will need paper.

Materials for Woven Paper Hearts

I chose to use construction paper.

First fold paper in half for woven paper heart construction

Take one sheet of paper and fold it in half.

Cut paper in half at fold for woven paper heart construction

Cut it in two along the fold.

Fold and cut two more times for woven paper heart construction

Next, cut your two halves in half again. This leaves you with four long narrow strips.

Fold the strips of paper in half for woven paper heart construction

Fold your strips of paper in half.

Pick a contrasting color and do the same for woven paper heart construction

Pick a contrasting color of paper and do the above steps again with this new sheet of paper.

Draw lines for where to cut for woven paper heart construction

Draw lines in pencil where you will cut.

Be sure to cut along folded edge for woven paper heart construction

Be sure to start cutting from the folded edge.

Erase your pencil marks for woven paper heart construction

Erase the line at the top.

Start weaving the paper together for woven paper heart construction

Start weaving by taking two of the strips and inserting one into the other.

Continue to weave for woven paper heart construction

Continue to weave by alternating which strip goes through or around.

First row for woven paper heart construction

This is what it looks like when the first "row" is done.

Second row for woven paper heart construction

I found it easiest to weave out on a diagonal.

Nearly done weaving for woven paper heart construction

As you near the finish of the weaving you will have to jog the paper so that you have it fitting properly.

Round your corners for woven paper heart construction

After you finish weaving trim your corners to give your heart a rounded edge.

Insert Note into Your Woven Paper Heart Envelope

Now you have a pocket that will serve as your envelope for your note. This could be for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or even a Baby Shower invitation.

Finished Woven Paper Heart

The finished product.

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