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Heart String | New This Year

Heart String

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Transform cardboard tubes into love tokens, then display them as a mantel garland or door decoration.


  • Cardboard tube
  • Paintbrush and red paint
  • Pushpin
  • Needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads (with holes large enough for the needle to pass through)


1. Cut the tube in half and brush the halves inside and out with red paint. Let them dry.

Heartstring - Step 2

2. Flatten the halves, then cut them into one-inch segments. Shape each segment into a heart by pushing one creased side toward the center. Pierce holes in the top and bottom of each heart with a pushpin.

Heartstring - Step 3

3. Thread the needle and knot the end. Slide on a bead until it stops at the knotted end, then loop back and push the needle through the bead again, going from bottom to top.

Heartstring - Step 4

4. Thread on a heart, then add a bead just above it, using the same looping technique to secure it in place. Repeat to create a string of hearts and beads.