Here's a fun craft that looks pretty darn neat hanging in your windows. Aidan and I made cellophane hearts and they are easy!
- Heavyweight, decorative paper
- Glue stick
- Small, round paper punch
- Twine, ribbon or string for hanging (optional)
- Suction hook cups for hanging (optional)
- Take two pieces of your decorative paper and place wrong sides together. Fold in half and cut your prettiest heart out. You are trying to cut two, identical hearts.
- Move your scissors inside your heart about an inch and cut another heart out from the heart you just cut. This will give you that nice heart border.
- Cut a piece of cellophane a little larger than your heart. Now I used cellophane from a roll. If you have sheets of cellophane, you may wish to adjust your heart size first before cutting so that the cellophane will fit.
- Using your glue stick, glue the entire wrong side of one heart. Then, gently place the heart on your cellophane. Make sure the cellophane is nice and smooth. Turn the cellophane over.
- Glue the wrong side of your second heart. Carefully place the glue side down on the reverse side of the cellophane and match the edges of the first heart you glued down. If your edges don't line up exactly, do not fret. It will be difficult to notice when the sunlight is prettily shining through it.
- Let the glue dry for a moment and then trim the cellophane around the outside edge of the heart. You may even trim your heart a little in the process as it will give you a cleaner edge.
- Paper punch in the middle of your heart and hang directly on a suction cup hook or string some pretty ribbon through the hole to hang. My first picture shows both techniques. I made the top heart. Aidan - who is 6 - made the bottom one. It is hard to see but he put another heart on his in the middle. Off topic - I wish I could fix my neighbor's top window.
The second picture shows the paper in more detail. I used scrapbook paper. I don't think it matters as you really don't notice anything but the beautiful cellophane.