How to Make a Paper Heart Necklace: Easy DIY Gift for Valentine's Day

Curly Made
by Curly Made
7 Materials
15 Minutes

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, hearts might be on your mind. If so, check out this tutorial to learn how to make a paper heart necklace. This DIY heart necklace could also be repurposed as a charm or other cute jewelry items. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Old cereal box or other cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Red or pink nail polish
  • Permanent black marker
  • Jewelry jump rings and chains
How to make a heart necklace out of paper

1. Make a heart template

Fold a small piece of paper in half and draw half a heart with the fold in the middle of the heart. Then, cut out the heart shape and unfold it, to make a perfectly symmetrical heart.

Make the heart the size you want your pendant to be.

Tracing the heart on cardboard

2. Trace the heart on cardboard

Next, take apart a cereal box, and trace the heart onto the cereal box cardboard as many times as pendants you’d like to make. Note that you will need at least three hearts for each pendant you make.

Making a DIY heart necklace pendant

3. Cut and glue the hearts

When you are done tracing all your hearts, cut them out of the cardboard. Glue three hearts together to make one thick heart.

Make sure all the edges are even and trim any excess cardboard if necessary.

Punching a small hole at the top of the heart

4. Punch a hole in the center

Use something with a sharp point to punch a small hole in the top center of the heart, going through all three layers.

Painting the heart pendant with nail polish

5. Cover the heart pendant in nail polish

Use pink or red nail polish to paint both sides of your heart. Let the nail polish completely dry on one side before painting the other side.

How to make a heart necklace

6. Draw the heartbeat

Once the nail polish is dry on both sides, use a black permanent marker to draw a heartbeat on one side of the heart. 

Making a DIY Valentine necklace

7. Attach a jump ring and chain

Attach a jump ring to the heart using pliers. Then put a chain through the jump ring and add a clasp if your chain doesn’t already have one.

DIY Valentine heart necklace

How to make a paper heart necklace tutorial

If you want to make this into a layered necklace, add a small, black-painted heart (smaller than the red one) to a second chain.

This DIY Valentine’s Day heart necklace is so quick and simple to make, you might want to make a whole bunch and give these out instead of Valentine’s cards!

Leave a note to let me know how you liked this paper heart necklace tutorial and happy Valentine’s Day!

Suggested materials:
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Old cereal box or other cardboard
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