Make a Heart Envelope and Star Bunting

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

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Learn how to make a heart envelope and star bunting with these two quick tutorials!

Recently I found an old star paper punch in my craft drawer and knew that it was destined for a project. I’m currently working on a very special present that I’ll be sharing next week and decided that I needed to make a tiny strand of star bunting for it. And once I had the star bunting, I thought I’d try making an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper.

Making these projects was so easy, and I love how they turned out. I am definitely making them again. For the bunting, you can use any kind of hole punch or you can cut out a shape freehand. I do recommend using some sort of pattern to trace out the shape since you want a consistent size.

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How to Make Star Bunting

You will need:

White school glue
Small bowl or paper plate for glue
Toothpick
Hole punch
Paper
Thread or embroidery floss

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #buntingFirst, punch out your star shapes and set aside. Cut a length of string and tie a loop on each end. Pour a little bit of glue in your bowl or plate.

Place the thread on your work surface and put half of the stars underneath the thread. Using the toothpick, dot a bit of glue on one star. Place another star on top and carefully press the stars together to sandwich the string. Make sure you align the star points. Continue this method until you’ve finished the row of stars. Done!

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

You can use any kind of paper you’d like—scrapbook paper, old envelopes, magazine pages, art school catalogs (my personal favorite for incredible collage elements.)

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #buntingHere’s a closeup of the loop I tied on each end. Doing so will allow me to hook the bunting onto something so it will decorate a little space. I’m now inspired to make a strand of this for the cardboard “princess house” I made my daughter recently.

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

I couldn’t resist one more picture of this bunting. Tiny bunting is way too cute!

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

Okay, on to the next tutorial. :)

How to Make a Heart Envelope

This tutorial should really be called “How to Make an Envelope Out of a Heart-Shaped Piece of Paper” but that was a bit long.

You will need:

Watercolor paper (or any kind of patterned paper if you want to skip the watercolor
step)
Watercolor paints & water
Brush
Pen

First, tear out a piece of watercolor paper and use a medium-sized brush to paint broad strokes of color across the paper. Let dry completely.

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

Fold your paper in half and cut out a heart. Every time I do this, I feel like I’m in fourth grade again making valentines. :) (You could save the leftover paper to frame your bunting as shown on the top image if you’d like.)
How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

Using the diagram below, fold your heart into an envelope.

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #buntingHere’s the envelope when it is all folded up. Too cute!

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

The one problem with watercolor paper is it isn’t very forgiving if you guesstimate your folds incorrectly. I made these with regular paper as well and didn’t have any problems with the creases showing as deeply. Still, I think if you send a love note to someone, they’ll forgive you for not getting the folds perfect.

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

Here’s a sample of the envelope I made for the super secret gift I’m working on right now.

How to make an envelope out of a heart-shaped piece of paper & how to make adorable star bunting. Bring back snail mail! :) @littlegirldesigns.com #snailmail #bunting

As you can see, these are such simple crafts to make. You can make some bunting and a heart envelope and send it in the mail, add it to a gift (wouldn’t the bunting be cute as gift wrap?), or just tuck them in a lunch box as a fun surprise. I made the heart envelope super small (both of them are less than two inches across) but you could make a larger one in order to fit a longer message.

Hope you have a lovely {and creative} day!

10 thoughts on “Make a Heart Envelope and Star Bunting

    1. Thank you so much! They were kind of addictive to make. My daughter liked having the tiny bunting wrapped around her wrist like a delicate bracelet. Too fun. :)

    1. You’re welcome, Trish! I ended up sending this to my mom as part of her birthday present (the complete post will be up Wednesday) and she said when she opened it, my nieces almost burst from excitement. Now I know what to make them! :) Thanks so much for leaving a comment!

  1. Hi Jennie,
    This is such a great idea for gift cards!! Thank you for all your encouragement and ideas each day.
    Love You!

    1. Oh, you’re right! I didn’t even think of that. :) Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. :) :)

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