Heart House: A Valentine’s Day DIY Tutorial

A few years ago, I woke up on Valentine’s Day, walked out to my living room, and saw that my boyfriend Charles had put a cute little construction paper house with a heart on it on the table as a present. He later confessed that he had gotten into my crafting supplies and made me a handmade gift. I thought it was so charming that I decided to write a tutorial about it. Consider this a Valentine’s Day version of a gingerbread house, but made with construction paper instead.

Today’s tutorial would not have been possible without my sweetheart Charles, who made the original version of this “heart house” for me. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for always making our home a happy and warm place to be every day.

What you will need to make this:

  • 2 sheets of sturdy 12×12 cardstock for the body and roof of the house. Thick construction paper would also work. I used red for the heart roof and pink for the body of the house.
  • Martha Stewart Score Board or other similar scoring tool
  • One large pair of scissors
  • One small pair of scissors
  • Snail adhesive
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Black sharpie

Optional items to take the project to the next level:

  • Paper cutter
  • One piece of 12×12 cardboard for the floor of the house
  • One 12×12 piece of decorative paper
  • Fruit slices, gumdrops, and gummy rings for decorations
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue or similar craft glue product
  • White or other sparkling glitter
  • Paintbrush to spread the glue

Put the 12×12 piece of paper you want to use for the roof on the Scor-Pal.

Score at the 6” mark with the scoring tool all the way down the page. Fold the paper over at the crease and smooth the edge.

Freehand draw half of a heart on the page using a pencil. In this example, I re-traced the pencil outline with a black Sharpie so I could see where to cut.

Using the large scissors, cut the heart out using the black line as your guide. Note that I cut out at the inside of the black line so that the black ink would not be visible.

You should now have a big heart for the roof. Put this aside for a few minutes.

Take the piece of paper that you want to use for the body of the house and score it at the 6” line as shown, exactly like you just did for the heart. Fold over the piece of paper and smooth it.

Open the paper. Using the scissors or a paper cutter, cut the piece of paper in half at the 6” mark. You should now have two pieces of paper.

Put each piece of paper back onto the Scor-Pal and score them at the 1/2 inch mark on one end.

This ½ inch mark will be the tab that you use to join the ends of the body of the house together.

Now you will make the doorway of the house. Take one of the pieces of pink paper and score it at 2 ½ and 3 ½ inches, but do not score down the full length of the page; only go about 2” deep with the score marks.

Cut this little doorway out using the small scissors.

Freehand draw a tiny heart with pencil over the doorway you just cut out. Using the small scissors, poke a hole at the bottom point of the heart and cut out the little heart you just drew.

Fold the tab on each piece of paper. I recommend just having one tab per side, rather than two shown in the picture, so that it is seamless and not as hard to maneuver into a square shape (I learned the hard way!).

Using snail adhesive, glue the tabs to each other to make a square box. You may need to do some extra adjusting and creasing to get it to look square. The snail adhesive is sturdy and flexible so it should hold up through these adjustments.

Take the body of the house, and put it upside down over the heart as shown. Scotch tape the inside of the body to the heart.

The heart house is complete! If you want to get fancy, here’s a way to really dress up your heart house below with a yard and some decorations.

All you will need is the 12×12 piece of cardboard, the 12 x12 piece of decorative paper, Aleene’s tacky glue, glitter, and some assorted gumdrops, fruit slices and gummy rings.

Using the snail adhesive, glue the decorative paper onto the 12×12 piece of cardboard.

Take two pieces of scotch tape and tape them onto the bottom of the heart house. With the sticky side of the tape facing inside the house, set the heart house on the yard. Make sure that the sticky side of the tape is facing downwards and inside the house when you do this. It’s a little tricky, but it will anchor the house to the yard and will not be visible on the outside if you do it this way.

You should now have a heart house taped to the “yard” as shown.

Using pencil, draw a “road” from the doorway of the house to the yard. Spread the tacky glue on the “road” using fingers or a paintbrush. Sprinkle white or other sparkly glitter in the “road.” Take a few minutes to let dry.

Using the small scissors, cut the gummy rings up to make a little fence.

Using fingers or a paintbrush, glue the gummy ring “fence” on the outside of your glittery pathway to the house. Glue the fruit slices or gum drops into “bushes” in the front yard. This is where you can get creative and use gumdrops, gummy bears or other candies to make your own decorated front yard.

You’ve just made a heart house with a little decorative yard. Congratulations!

Sending much love to you and yours this Valentine’s Day,

Laurel and Charles


About The Paper Pinup

Hello, I'm Laurel! I live in upstate Manhattan with my boyfriend Charles. I'm passionate about papercrafts, art journaling and sewing as "craft therapy" and bring a fresh and irreverent approach to my projects. I'm also a swing dancer and love vintage style from the 1920s through the 1950s.

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