Coiled Magazine Page Heart Tutorial

Recycled Paper Heart from magazine pages by @savedbyloves


You saw this coming, right?  Valentine’s Day is approaching, and a coiled newsprint heart tutorial is all but mandatory here at SBLC.  This would be a great craft for Valentine’s Day decor or gifts.  The technique is pretty much the same I have shown you in other coiled projects, with the addition of the best paste option I have found so far.  I will share with you the step by step, including the glue recipe that is key in strengthening the strips and neatly coiling/shaping them.

Recycled paper crafts


  • Magazines pages in colors you love
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper mache paste (recipe below)
  • Wax paper
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Craft glue (I prefer Crafter’s Pick for these projects because it sticks to the wet strips, grabs fast and dries clear)


  • Fold strips as shown in this magazine page coiling tutorial.  I use a 1/4 magazine page for each strip.  Some tutorials show 1/2 page or full page.  I like 1/4 because I think the end projects look much nicer (less bends and crinkles in the strips).
  • Make your paste as follows:
    4 tbsp. flour
    1 c. cold water
    1 c. boiling water
    1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
    Mix flour + cold water then add boiling water and bring to boil. Add sugar, stir constantly until thick. Makes 2 cups.
  • Dip each strip in the paste as shown, then lay on wax paper to dry.

    Removing excess glue
    Lay strips on wax paper


  • Let strips dry; I usually prepare a bunch of strips and make the piece the next day. I am sure a couple of hours would suffice.
  • When you are ready to being shaping your strips, wet each one, one at a time as you are using it.  The paper mache paste makes the strips stronger and wetting them makes them easier to shape,  The paste becomes a little sticky again, helping the strip to stay where you place it.  Wet the strips before use
  • To get the heart shape outline; wrap strip around cookie cutter.  If you are using a larger cutter, you may need more than one strip to go around.  No problem.  Just overlap the strips about 1/4 end to beginning and continue wrapping.  When you come to the beginning of your first strip, overlap the current strip with it about 1/4 inch and trim off any remainder of the end strip.  When that dries, slide heart shape off of cookie cutter.  Making heart from magazine page.Magazine page crafts
  • To make the inside coils, I just start coiling (using strips i have re-wet) and use the outline as a guide to help me figure out what size and how many coils I need.  Place the coils inside the outline, and using a toothpick, place a dab of glue at each contact point (where the coils touch one another and where the touch the outline).  Let your piece dry completely and cover with a couple of coats of mod podge or sealant of choice for durabilityRecycled paper art
    Recycled paper crafts.

The possibilities are endless.  I would love to see what you come up with, and am happy to answer questions!


  1. Another awesome idea with magizine sheets !!!!

  2. Whoa! This is so cool — I definitely see all of the possibilities with this craft — thanks for the tutorial and recipe!

  3. There are no magazines safe around you are there? Ha!

    Awesome idea, as usual!


  4. Thanks for another great idea and use for a lot of old mags laying around the house!


  1. […] Do you have a bunch of magazines lying around waiting for a great project?  How about making some cute magazine page hearts out of them?  Hang them on a keychain, add a magnet to the back for a great refrigerator magnet, hang them from your rear view mirror…well they could be used for a ton of things!  Not only have you got some recycling done, created something amazing, but you are also fully prepared for Valentines Day!  Full tutorial can be found at Saved By Love Creations! […]

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