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.
- Magazines pages in colors you love
- Paper cutter or scissors
- 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. sugarMix flour + cold water then add boiling water and bring to boil. Add sugar, stir constantly until thick. Makes 2 cups.
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.
- 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. .
- 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 durability
The possibilities are endless. I would love to see what you come up with, and am happy to answer questions!