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Paper Valentine’s Heart Bookmarks Tutorial (With Free Printable Templates!)

I’m usually not a big Valentine’s Day person, and I guess I’m still not really, but I’m definitely feeling the Valentine’s crafts this year! They are just too cute, and there are too many possibilities, to ignore them out of hand. Today’s tutorial is for easy to make paper heart bookmarks. They’re extra easy to make because I already created two perfectly-sized heart templates that you can print out and use! Plus, this project is a great stash-buster if you’ve collected a little too much paper and a fun way to use up scraps of paper too cool to let go of but too small to really use. (Or am I the only one with that problem? It happens a lot with fabric, too).

Valentine's Paper Heart Bookmark for Valentines Tutorial

The heart shape is absolutely perfect for this double-layer bookmarks, and the only ‘specialized’ equipment you’ll need is a hobby knife and a cutting mat. Other than that, you’ll mostly need paper and a pair of scissors! You’ll also need some cardstock or heavy scrapbooking paper for the larger heart and decorative paper for the smaller heart. This paper can be heavyweight, but doesn’t need to be.

supplies for making heart bookmarks

Materials for paper heart bookmarks

  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Decorative paper – this can be thick or something like origami paper, it really doesn’t matter
  • Scissors
  • Glue – rubber cement or a glue stick work best
  • A cutting mat
  • A hobby knife (like an Xacto)
  • Printable heart templates (below)

heart bookmark template


How to make paper heart bookmarks

1. Print out the heart templates or draw your own. I find it’s actually easiest to not cut them out fully at first, sort of like using a sewing pattern. Cut them out roughly the first time and you can simply cut out the template while cutting through your first pieces of paper!

2. Hold the larger heart template in place against a piece of cardstock or scrapbook paper and out a larger sized heart.

cut larger paper heart

large pink heart

3. Hold the smaller heart template against one of your decorative sheets of paper and cut out a smaller heart.

cut smaller heart

small paper heart

4. Glue the smaller heart in the center of the larger heart, as shown below.

cut paper hearts

5. Place the glued hearts on the cutting mat and, using your hobby knife, carefully cut around the bottom edge of the smaller heart. Cut as close to the edge as you can without actually cutting the decorative paper heart. Additionally, the bookmarks work best if you cut all the way from where the upper lobes start to curve in at the top, where the arrow is on the picture below.

cutting the bookmark

6. Check your bookmark on a book and make the cuts longer, if necessary.

paper heart bookmark

7. Repeat steps 1-6 as many times as you’d like!

three heart bookmarks

Wouldn’t a book page make a great smaller heart for the bibliophile in your life? Or how about using your own artwork instead of pre-decorated paper? Plus, they’re simple enough that it wouldn’t take too long to make an entire batch of them for a class or a party.

What’s your general feeling about Valentine’s Day? I personally don’t believe in or expect anything fancy or expensive from a significant other, but I think it’s a great day to let friends and family members know you’re thinking of them with a little card or sweet treat. What do you think?


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  • Kathy Roeth January 9, 2014, 10:40

    Those look like lots of fun! Great idea for any holiday or birthday. These would also make great party favors =)

  • jo January 9, 2014, 10:45

    You always come up with the cutest ideas!

  • Coco (@Got2Run4Me) January 9, 2014, 10:50

    So cute!

  • BeadedTail January 9, 2014, 11:53

    Those are so cute! Valentines Day is my favorite holiday because I love hearts and love so I will certainly try to make these!

    • Natashalh January 9, 2014, 12:31

      Hearts are a pretty adorable shape! They’re so simple yet versatile, all at the same time.

  • LeAnn January 9, 2014, 22:26

    What a cute idea! I may have to make some to enclose with grandkids’ Valentines. Thank you.

  • duni January 10, 2014, 00:23

    These are so sweet, Natasha! In fact I have one of these…given to me a few years back by one of my tutoring students šŸ™‚

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia January 10, 2014, 04:35

    These are so cute! I like the paper combinations you made.

  • Rose January 10, 2014, 11:06

    I definitely have the issues of both too much paper and trouble throwing out little scraps. I am also the same way with not being a huge Valentine’s Day fan but having a hard time ignoring all of the insanely cute Valentine’s Day ideas out there. Your bookmarks are really cute! Pinned this post.

    • Natashalh January 10, 2014, 11:19

      Thanks for pinning! It is so hard to let go of fun scraps, no matter how small they are.

  • Linda January 11, 2014, 08:52

    Awesome! I need to make some, too. I like making Valentine stuff. šŸ™‚

    • Natashalh January 12, 2014, 07:00

      It’s fun! The heart shape is so versatile.

  • Sandra @ Scrumptilicious 4 You! January 17, 2014, 16:27

    I am always losing my bookmarks and these are lovely! Thanks for posting on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

    • Natashalh January 17, 2014, 16:33

      I’ve already managed to ruin one of these by using it as a photo prop! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Easy Life Meal & Party Planning January 22, 2014, 04:26

    These are so cute – thank you for the template! Think this is a great project for me and my oldes granddaughter!

  • Pamela Smith January 30, 2017, 14:15

    This is for a Church ” Tea Luncheon” for our woman’s ministry. We are responsible to decorate a table for 8 with a theme of hearts.

    • Natashalh January 30, 2017, 16:11

      I hope you enjoy the luncheon and decorating for it!

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