Recycled Paper Heart Valentine

REcycle Valentine copyThis heart is made from just newspaper, white glue, string and some pretty sparkle paint.

1. Tear about 8 sheets of newspaper (lengthwise will be the easiest direction) into 1″ strips. Cut those strips into little 1/2″ bits and place in a large bowl. Cover with hot water and let soak for 24 hours.
2. The paper will start to look like a pulp. Work it through your fingers, tearing up any large lumps so that it looks like gray oatmeal. When the lumps are gone, take a large handful of pulp and squeeze out all the extra water.
3. Working the pulp in your hands, add white glue to the mixture at about a ratio of about 1 unit of glue to 4 units of pulp. Form a ball, place it on wax paper and press to form a flat heart that is at least 1″ thick. Let dry for several hours or until it starts to harden. When you can pick up the heart, wrap it with a length of string, pulling firmly to make indentations. Tuck the ends into the back.
5. When the heart is dry, paint the entire shape with a thick layer of white acrylic paint. Let dry and then paint with a thick layer of red paint. Let dry and have fun experimenting with smudges that emphasis the texture of your heart. I added some glitter paint for a final touch. A spray of a glossy sealer would be a good idea to finish off your project.

9 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Does anyone know how many hearts this will make?

  2. mamgof4

    I just found your site and I can not wait to pass it on to my daughter who has 3 daughters and always does great crafts with them. She will love this site.

  3. Heleen

    Hi, just found your blog, and I’m so happay I did. Love it! so many ideas.

  4. jk

    That looks like so much fun!! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  5. Cynthia

    As a children’s clay instructor, I’m so happy to have found your site!! You have provided a great resource regardless of medium since I can envision so many of these projects in clay.

  6. Nicole

    It itches me in my fingers to try it out and now even my griels are younger as your lables they would have fun and could make it with help. Perhabs by this weekend we have started this project. I love your blog and your projects.

  7. MoziEsmé

    That looks very sweet!

  8. Patty P

    Always wanted to make my own paper! You make it sound very easy.

  9. Oh that is so cool! These would make fantastic ornaments. Thanks for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

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