These perforated paper cross-stitch hearts are simple to make, even if you're a beginning stitcher. They're also very addicting. You can make a bunch in time for Valentine's Day. I glued mine to plain hair clips and pin backings, but you can use them to decorate cards. Or how about refrigerator magnets? Or bulletin board pushpins? The possibilities are endless.
I recently rediscovered how much fun it is to cross-stitch on perforated paper. You can find sheets of this awesome product at craft and fabric stores. Trust me, it's much sturdier than it looks. You stitch on it just like you would on Aida fabric, and when you're finished, you just cut--carefully--around the designs.
I used three strands of floss when I stitched my hearts to cover the paper completely and give the designs a fuller look.
When the stitching was finished, I used a sharp scissors to cut around each heart. Be sure to leave a border around the hearts so the stitches don't come undone.
Aren't they pretty? If you want to show your cross-stitched paper hearts off, you can make them into Valentine's Day accessories. Glue them--or, if you're very patient--sew them to hair clips and pin backings. They make sweet Valentine gifts--but only for adults and older children.