Oh! I'm so excited about these! I made tissue paper heart doilies yesterday, inspired by the papel picado I did last year. And then I turned them into suncatchers!
To be honest, a week ago I was not that excited about Valentine's Day and all the hearts. Not that I have anything against hearts. I guess it's the assumption that our arts and crafts should be heart-related for a few weeks. Just like around Halloween it's all about pumpkins and ghosts. And, well, it sounds a little too limiting to me. And maybe a little boring.
But for some reason, every year I really get into it. Five out of my last six posts have been Valentine related. I thought I'd just post one or two ideas and that would be it. But no. Each idea seems to spawn other ideas.
And really, there is A LOT you can do with a heart. Maybe that's what makes it fun. Holiday themes give you a framework around which to work, but you can let your creativity loose within that framework.
(See here for some Valentine's ideas I came up with last year for a local paper.)
Anyway, back to the tissue paper doilies... I started by cutting a heart out of tissue paper. You can make two or three at a time, since the tissue is so thin.
I then folded the heart as if I were making a paper snowflake (which is essentially what I did).
I cut out my shapes, including a few little hearts.
And opened it up to see the doilie.
I layered mine with contrasting tissue paper hearts and sandwiched them between two sheets of con-tact paper to make the suncatchers.
Here's one I made with the hole punch, taking my lead from Maia.
So what do you think? Are we going a little heart crazy over here?
If you liked these Handmade Tissue Paper Heart Doilies, then you might like the other Valentine's Day crafts and recipes in The Artful Winter ebook: