Hannah and I are having much fun making woven hearts for Valentine’s. We’ve made dozens of these every year since she was in second grade. That was the year that we went to the grocery store to purchase a box of valentines for her to exchange with classmates, and she couldn’t find any that were special enough. I discovered a Denmark site with woven heart instructions that seemed do-able for a second grader. It recommended using glazed paper, and provided beautiful patterns with metric measurements. I didn’t have a source for glazed paper and my mind wouldn’t comprehend centimeters. So, I created simplified hearts using high-quality constuction paper and familiar inches.
Weaving heart pockets was do-able for 8-year-old Hannah—her fingers intuitively wove over and under—but her mother had to follow the step-by-step instructions several times before mastering the weaving method.
Hannah included a joke in each heart valentine that she gave to her friends; they’re listed at the bottom of the post.
HOW TO MAKE WOVEN HEARTS
Cutting the Paper Pieces
1. Cut two rectangles, each one from different colors of good quality paper, measuring 3-inches x 9-inches. (Regular construction paper tears too easily and cardstock is too heavy. A high quality construction paper is TRU-RAY Heavyweight Construction Paper made by Pacon Corporation.)
2. Fold each paper rectangle in half, forming 3-inch x 41/2-inch rectangles.
3. Measure up 3 inches from the folded edge of each rectangle. Draw a light pencil line parallel to the folded edge.
4. Draw a semicircle above the pencil line, reaching from one edge of the paper to the other. The semicircle forms the curved top of each half of the heart shape.
5. Cut along the curved line with scissors.
6. Place a ruler along the folded edge of each paper and make a light pencilmark at 1 inch and 2 inches.
7. Cut with scissors from the 1-inch mark straight up to 3 inches to the pencil line drawn earlier.
8. Repeat with the 2-inch mark. The bottom section of the paper will now be cut into three strips, each 1-inch wide.
9. Label the white strips 1, 2, and 3. Label the pink strips A, B, and C.
Weaving the Heart
1. Place the pink paper directly on top of the white.
2. Rotate the red piece 90 dgrees.
3. Row 1: Insert loop 1 into loop A. Insert loop B into 1. Insert loop 1 into C.
4. Row 2: Insert loop A into loop 2. Insert loop 2 into loop B. Insert loop C into loop 2.
5. Row 3: Insert loop 3 into loop A. Insert loop B into loop 3. Insert loop 3 into loop C.
6. Cut a strip of paper 1/2-inch wide by 8 inches. Glue to the inside of the front and back of the heart to from a handle.
— Before weaving, erase all pencil lines and refold paper so that erased pencil marks are inside the heart.
— If you have trouble weaving the last row, you may need to go back and cut deeper into the heart so there is enough room for all three strips both ways.
— Vary the size of the heart and the number of the strips.
— Use different colors of paper.
— Fill woven hearts with tissue paper, candy, love notes, cookies . . .
Hannah’s Collection of Jokes
With which hand should you stir your cocoa? With neither. Stir your cocoa with a spoon.
Why did the tomato blush? Because she saw the salad dressing.
What kind of cheese do dogs like on their pizza? Mutts-erella
What kind of vegetable goes “ding-dong?” A bell pepper
How long will an eight-day clock run without winding? It won’t run at all. It doesn’t have feet.
What starts with T, ends with T, and is full of T? A teapot
Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom
What is is that is always coming but never arrives? Tomorrow. When it arrives, it’s today.
What question can never be answered yes? Are you asleep?
What did one eye say to the other eye? There’s something between us that smells.
What did Old Mother Hubbard say when she opened the cupboard?
O. I. C. U. R. M. T.
De-bee stung me.
Hurry up and answer the door
Windy today, isn’t it?
fried fresh fish
shredded Swiss cheese
rubber baby buggy bumpers
toy boat toy boat toy boat toy boat
We shall surely see the sun shine soon.
big black bear big black bear big black bear
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
She sells sea shells by the sea shore
crisp crust crisp crust crisp crust
Fat frogs flying past fast
three free throws