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Cobweb Valentine with Jocelyn

The intricate, three-dimensional, paper-cut cards that charmed Victorian Valentine's Day celebrants serve as the enchanting inspiration for this project.




As stylist Jocelyn Worrall explains, although creating the card is relatively easy, it does require patience and exactitude. Upon completion, however, the card is sure to delight its recipient, who will open it up to discover a festive heart-within-a-heart design.


  • Cobweb Heart Template
  • Standard 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Card stock
  • Mat knife
  • Self-healing mat
  • Glue pen
  • Thread
  • Heart-shaped paper punches (optional)
  • Small hole punch
  • Bone folder


  1. Step 1

    Print out the Cobweb Heart Template on regular paper and cut it in half down the dotted line. Cut a sheet of decorative paper in half on the diagonal and fold the paper in half, right sides together. Staple a "half heart" template along each side of the fold of the decorative paper.

  2. Step 2

    Use a hole punch to make a hole in the center, as indicated on the template. Starting at the inner edge, cut along the lines with your knife. Observe that every other line on the template is not solid. It features breaks in the lines, which should remain uncut. Continue until all the lines are completely cut. Discard the excess paper and the staples. Open the heart to see the cobweblike effect, and fold it half again.

  3. Step 3

    Place a piece of scrap paper in between the outer ring. Apply glue to the outermost ring of the heart and place onto card stock. Smooth down using a bone folder and repeat the process on the other side. Cut out the card stock to match the shape of the heart.

  4. Step 4

    To make the interior charm, cut out two small hearts in different sizes. Cut a piece of twine about 10 inches long. Glue the twine to one side of each heart and place the other heart on top. Thread the twine through the holes at the top of the card and tie it through the center. Adjust the length of twine to fit inside the card and make a loop on the outside to pull the card open.

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Reviews (27)

  • toshersgma 14 Feb, 2011

    i made this for my grandkids. it was very easy and you could make them any color that you'd like. i was not sure what to do with inside but i went to a website that had valentine sayings for kids and i put valentine knock knock jokes inside. they will love them.

  • glorybees7 30 Jan, 2011

    I just did a mini version on a small scrap of paper and it works. You don't need to attach the 1/2 heart to both sides of the paper. You are cutting all the way through, anyway.... I think if you attached both and the position was off on one side, the cuts would be off thus making a mess. Just sayin!!

  • marybethg 28 Jan, 2010

    Continued from previous comment: Then thread the twine through the two punched holes at the the charms hang down in the middle of the heart (when it's open). Tie a loop at the top of the thread, this will be your hanger. The picture above, appears to have red bows or butterfiles as charms rather than hearts. It's hard to see, but they are hanging by a thread in the center of the card.

  • marybethg 28 Jan, 2010

    Okay...I agree the instructions were confusing. But I finally figured out the last step (interior charm). Lay out a 10 inch piece of twine. Cut/Punch two small hearts. Glue the hearts together (with the twine in between each heart); thus the hearts appear as one. Do this in 3 or 4 places along the twine (which you could do different size hearts if you want).

  • patshoop 13 Feb, 2009

    I made these using different combinations of either romantic or art deco style papers and they are stunning! They really are very easy to make once you figure out the directions combined with doing what you think makes sense.
    You only need half of the heart, I taped mine down. I also made some smaller cards by eliminating the 2 outside "rings', that I way I was able to fit them into an envelope that needed only 1 first class stamp.

  • PhotoGal 11 Feb, 2009

    I got it to work, but not without some frustration. I'm a visual person, therefore, had the last few steps been viewable I would have been less confused. It turned out cute, but I'm sure I didn't do it like it was supposed to be done. I was confused about the charms and how they fit on it....mine don't have any hanging, but I glued hearts on bottom so they show when it's pulled up. Oh well, off to the next project and holiday.

  • annwane 10 Feb, 2009

    I tried this using the instructions posted with some success but decided there was really no reason to be making this difficult. Just lay the heart pattern as is on the paper you want to use and cut all the lines leaving the blank areas uncut.Worked out perfect and you can see the work as you go. I did fasten the pattern to my paper. I also worked all the right sided then the left.I also enlarged the bottom heart one size bigger and then cut edge with fancy cut. I hung crystal beads for bling.

  • aussiemadmel 8 Feb, 2009

    Fantastic card. I made several for my 4 yr old son to give to his "girlfriends" Instead of the butterflies, I used dragonflies, sequins and other beads and it worked beautifully. I did do the inside charms before applying to the backing card stock which seemed to work better. I agree that it should have step by step instructions - photos.

  • sugarmania 4 Feb, 2009

    It's very easy to do. English is not my first language and I did the craft without problems. Really very nice. Be positive and try again !

  • EmeraudesMom 2 Feb, 2009

    NFedco, it is a shame that you did not have sucess with this craft but there are so many others on the site that your attitude seems needlessly agressive... you did think it worthwhile to register after all. I will not be attempting this one as I do agree it would have been more user friendly with a photo step-by-step.

  • mgalman 2 Feb, 2009

    The instructions are not as bad as others think. There are some things that do not need to be done like stapling half a heart to each side of the decorative paper (only one is needed) or putting scrap paper between the outer rings before adding the card stock.

  • NFedco 2 Feb, 2009

    This project has terrible instructions and turned out to be a big waste of time. All my efforts went into the trash. ( has better Valentine card ideas.)

  • ericklyn 1 Feb, 2009

    I do agree with the others who gave their comments. It is really confusing if not viewed through photos, at least, the step in making the cobweb valentine. It would be a lot easier to follow. But I am happy to have a daily idea on making a simple craft. Thank you for the ideas. God bless.

  • thewindykitty 1 Feb, 2009

    This craft was done on the show a few years back, it would be great if that video could be posted. This project is easiest to learn visually with the demo. II agree that the instructions make something that is relatively simple quite confusing and convoluted.

  • cookiesgalore 1 Feb, 2009

    Martha's website needs more step-by-step photos!!
    She could learn from the Carol Duvall craft website.

  • PatriciaStreet 1 Feb, 2009

    Right on, Mooonchild! I'm so tired of the brainwashing of advertisements that tell us we need to purchase sentiments for every occasion, like we can't express our own feelings about the ones we care for. Purchased cards aren't 'special'- they're machine made by the millions. Spend a little time and make your own cards :)

  • sharethelovepaty 1 Feb, 2009

    I'm having a hard time following the directions. I need visuals of the steps for it to make sense for me. Please post some if you have any! :0)

  • mooonchild 1 Feb, 2009

    "Time consuming" once mean that you put time and energy, two of our most valuable resources, into expressing your esteem for someone. Once, people "recycled" nearly everything by reusing for practical or decorative purposes. We need to re-teach these concepts. I may try this with a colored sheet of junk mail, old magazine cover, and a ruler for folding. It will hang around the house longer than it probably "should" and then go into the recycling bin. Look for the inspiration and be creative!

  • handysandy41 1 Feb, 2009

    to MUMTAZ,
    Interestin web site, but NO CRAFTS.

  • lbuser 1 Feb, 2009

    Oh, for goodness sakes. You are not required to make, or even to like, everything posted here. Martha gives us a wonderful variety. If you don't like this, move onto something else. Too complicated? Well, maybe you should try something a little complicated once in a while. You are not required to buy anything at all, use what you have, be creative. If you don't have any of these items around the house then you are not the crafty type, so either purchase them or move on.

  • Yvonnedelight 1 Feb, 2009

    I'm with tomp, Winterbeach you really should go out to your recycling bin...grab a an old cereal box, cut into a spirally valentine. Look at it until Valentines day and then go stick it back in your recycling bin. Then give a sigh of relief, pleasure without waste. A day made in heaven.

  • racegrrli 1 Feb, 2009

    Why can't she do things the easy way? So many things I do not have around the house!

  • tomp 1 Feb, 2009

    I know, winterbeach. Why don't you go to papyrus and buy something from the "green" section. That should make your day.

  • winterbeach 1 Feb, 2009

    too time consuming for a card that will eventually get thrown away, recyled or burned. Our houses just do not have enough room to store all this cutesy stuff forever. The earth would tilt on its axis if we did. I am into useful, permanent and green., delightful to look at also helps! There must be a valentines that is that.

  • DavidRush 1 Feb, 2009

    oh, never mind, I get it now!!!!!

  • DavidRush 1 Feb, 2009

    too confusing, post a video

  • MissMarple 1 Feb, 2009

    I don't understand the center charm. The directions say "charm" but it looks like there are 4 charms--and they look like butterflies. Is it 4 sets of hearts, points connected? So you'd cut 8? Can anyone explain--I'd appreciate the help! Thanks!