Make a Swedish Heart from foam. Using two different colors of foam to weave this cute little heart. Fill with small candies and stickers to make it a Valentines gift. See below for a classroom version using construction paper.
- Two different color pieces of construction paper or foam
- Print our Free Pattern for Swedish Heart
- Colored paper grass
- Rhinestones (optional)
- Craft Glue if using rhinestones
- Clear treat bag (optional)
- Print out the pattern. Adjust to size desired. Larger is easier to work with.
- First cut out rounded rectangle shape from the paper or foam.
- Fold the foam in half. Fold the pattern in half and place on foam. Using the pattern as a guide, cut two slits making sure to cut no further than the pattern.
- Weaving: You will be weaving through and around the strips rather than the over and under in traditional weaving.
- Place one folded piece on the left and one on the right.
- Take the top strip of the right piece (red) and put it through the top strip on the left. (white)
- Now make that strip (red) go around the middle strip on the left (white). The middle strip on the left (white) will go through it.
- Now take the second strip on the right (red), and put it around the first strip on the left (white) and then through the middle left strip.
- The third strip (red) will follow the same pattern as the first one you did. Keep going through and around until you've done all the strips.
Tips and Suggestions
- If you'd like a handle, cut a strip of foam and use craft glue to attach it inside the front and back of the basket.
- Construction paper can be used but foam has some flexibility so it might be a little easier to work with.
In the Classroom
For classrooms, use construction paper to make these hearts. Make a large sample one to show the entire class first. This is usually best to do in small groups of 2-3 students or with parental assistance. These are a little tricky to make. A larger size heart will be easier to assemble. Once assembled you can fill with small items for your students like stickers, candy and small erasers.