Rustic Old Book Page Heart Hanging Banner

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This easy to make paper heart hanging banner is a wonderful way to create a lovely home décor project that uses very little supplies. The banner can be hung for special occasions or used all year round. Give this banner as a gift to a friend for a housewarming. You can also use it to create a subtle elegant banner in a special corner of you house. It’s super easy to make and only uses paper, staples, and a bit of twine!

Woman holding paper heart banner

Paper Heart Hanging Banner

Crafting with old book pages is one of my favorite ways to create. The book pages add a touch of elegance to the craft. It’s also a great way to recycle a book that is no longer being used. I especially like that it is perfect for using a book that is falling apart. In fact, I love the idea of using a well-read book for something like this. It just makes the craft even more special.

I know that garlands and banners tend to be used to decorate around holidays. For me, though, they are great all year long. Sure, you could use this for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, but I love the idea of just having it there every day reminding me to love others.

The best part of this craft? It’s so easy to have the kids help you create!

Paper heart banner laying on open chest

Can I Use Ribbon Instead of Twine?

Absolutely. I love using twine in my crafts. It has a natural feel and the neutral color of the brown goes with almost any décor. Since I am a big fan of farmhouse style, it works wonderfully. In fact, I have a 40-yard spool of jute in my craft closet. I use it so often, it’s worth investing in the large amount since it won’t go to waste.

If you prefer something different, the ribbon will a beautiful burst of color and daintiness to the hearts. While you can use any color of ribbon, I think finding a thin ribbon that matches the color of the room is the best choice. Of course, you can also match the ribbon to the season, and you can even switch it out every season so the same banner can be used over and over again.

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Can I Paint or Dye the Hearts Different Colors?

The hearts as they are, have an antique color to it from the age of books. If your pages are whiter or you want a different look it is easy to achieve. You can paint the pages and get a beautiful colored heart banner or you can create a stain for the pages.

Stains can be made from acrylic paint or use a water colored paint which is naturally thinner. To create the stain with acrylic paint, you will get the color you want and then add water until it is thinned and watery. This will give the paper a hint of color but still allow the words to shine through the color and show that it is a book page. This also creates if the pages of your book at still new looking and you prefer the older look.

You can even assemble the hearts and then brush the edges with a bit of paint for just a pop of color. I’ve even added a dab of glue and glitter to them for even more sparkle!

Single paper heart on a tree branch

Supplies Needed

Supplies for paper heart banner

How to Make a Paper Heart Hanging Banner

Tear 1-2 pages out of the book per heart you want to make.

Tearing pages out of an old book

Using a ruler, mark equal vertical lines 1″ wide on the page.

Measuring strips of book page paper

Cut these strips out and set them aside.

Cutting paper into strips

Now, use the ruler to measure 2 strips 6″ long, 2 strips 4″ long, and 2 strips 3″ long. Depending upon the width of the book page, you may need 2 pages per heart.

Strips of book pages on a white table

Now, stack your strips of book page starting with one 3″, one 4″, two 6″, one 4″, and finally one 3″. You want the two shortest on the outside and the two longest in the center. Line up the ends and staple together.

Stapling book pages into a heart shape

Now, pull the two shortest strips down into a heart shape and staple the ends together.

Stapling book pages into a heart shape

Pull the next size and staple together with the smaller pieces already connected.

Stapling book pages into a heart shape

Repeat this again with the last two longest pieces connected all 6 strips of paper into a heart shape with 3 layers.

Stapling book pages into a heart shape

Next, cut small strips of twine and tie one inside each heart to hang them.

Tying a piece of twine on a paper heart

You can use them like this, or string them onto a long piece of twine to create a banner to hang on a mantle or doorway.

Woman holding heart banner on white table

Woman holding paper heart banner

If you have leftover pages from an old book, don’t hesitate to use them for more fun crafts! I love this recent paper vase made from old book pages. Of course, there is always an old book page wreath hanging on one of my doors. One of my recent favorites includes this old book page star wall art, and I love this beautiful upcycled book purse.

You might also love this list of old book page roses you can make or this old book page flower bouquet to add to your table. There is no end to the beautiful options using old books as a base!

Crafter’s Tip

Add a special banner saying in between the hearts for special celebrations. I especially love the printable birthday banners, and baby shower banners you can find on Etsy.

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Rustic Paper Heart Hanging Banner

Single paper heart on a tree branch


Grab that stack of old books and turn them into this rustic paper heart hanging banner! A beautiful home decor project easy to add to your home year round!

Active Time
15 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Difficulty
Easy
Estimated Cost
$1

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Tear pages out of the old book using 1-2 pages per heart; Tearing pages out of an old book
  2. Use a ruler to mark 1″ wide vertical lines onto the book page; Measuring strips of book page paper
  3. Cut along these lines; Cutting paper into strips
  4. Use the ruler to measure 2 strips each in 6″, 4″, and 3″ lengths; Measuring papers into lengths Strips of book pages on a white table
  5. Stack the strips together with the smallest on the outside using one 3″, one 4″, two 6″, one 4″, and one 3″ and staple the ends together; Stapling book pages into a heart shape
  6. Pull the two smallest pieces down into a heart shape and staple together; Stapling book pages into a heart shape
  7. Now pull the next set of pieces down and staple together with the smaller pieces; Stapling book pages into a heart shape
  8. Finally, pull the longest pieces down into a heart shape stapling all 6 strips together; Stapling book pages into a heart shape
  9. Cut a small 4-6″ piece of twine and pull it through the inside of the heart and tie; Tying a piece of twine on a paper heart
  10. Then, slip those pieces through a longer piece of twine to create the banner; Woman holding heart banner on white table
  11. Hang on a doorway or mantle. Woman holding paper heart banner

Notes

You can easily make these heart banners using any color paper you want.

Finished Project Gallery

Paper hearts on stacked books on green table

Single paper heart on a tree branch

Paper heart on white surface

Paper heart against wooden slats

Heart banner against blonde wood background

Paper heart banner laying on open chest