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Project

Handmade Heart Doilies

Dress up a tea party with handmade doilies in rosy hues.

Created By: Helen Norman

Materials

  • Square paper napkin
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Position a prefolded square paper napkin so that the closed corner faces you.

  2. Step 2

    Fold right corner toward left corner and flatten, forming a triangle.

  3. Step 3

    Fold left corner toward triangle's longest side and flatten, forming a narrower triangle.

  4. Step 4

    Using scissors, cut a convex arc from triangle to create top of half a heart.

  5. Step 5

    Cut off bottom of triangle from left to right to create lower heart half, leaving at least 1/4 inch intact on right edge. (Left side of triangle will be center of a heart.) Unfold.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat with napkins in several colors, varying position of cuts to create doilies in different sizes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2009

Reviews (52)

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  • 15 Nov, 2013

    I might add that the kids were so good my husband thought I sedated them before the trip. I forgot to tell him about the incentive program I struck with the kids.
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  • 11 Nov, 2013

    RECYCLE!!! i reused the the part cut off at the bottom to make a paper flower bouquet to match the doilies!!

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  • 11 Nov, 2013

    RECYCLE!!! i reused the the part cut off at the bottom to make a paper flower bouquet to match the doilies!!
    RECYCLE!!! i reused the the part cut off at the bottom to make a paper flower bouquet to match the doilies!!

  • 6 Feb, 2009

    RECYCLE!!! i reused the the part cut off at the bottom to make a paper flower bouquet to match the doilies!!

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    How Cute!!!! My daughters birthday is 02/13, these would be great for her party!!

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    Oh my gosh, this is so cute! I practiced yesterday on a piece of white paper. This morning I dug into my stash of tissue paper left over from Christmas, cut some into 9" squares, and began making these hearts. After making them, they could be ironed gently. And how about laminating them to use over and over.

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    OkarchePeach's input was most helpful. Napkin w point down should have all folds no open edges. Top should have the open edges. That way you come out with all hearts intact in a circle. I was coming out with sets of two previously. Thank you.

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    I Love it! My Aunt Dorothy's birthday is 2-14-1919 and she will be 90 this year! I'm having a little surprise party for her

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Left handed or not you should still be able to follow the directions Debi. It tells you to fold from the right to the left and then from the left to the right. It shouldn't make a difference which hand is your supperior.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    This is a cute idea but if you are left handed it seems to be made backwards to me !!!!!!!!! Maybe sometime you could give instructions from a left handers view.....

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    How Cute!! I loved it and so did the kids!

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Simple and sweet!

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    I guess I am used to folding and cutting, so the instructions seem fine to me! Just be patient with yourself. Try reading the words out loud as you slowly do each step. Look at the picture to see if your fold matches it before going on to the next step. .

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    If you use thin paper instead of napkins, you can also cut or punch lace-like designs into the hearts before unfolding - like you do for paper snowflakes.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Wow- fun project! I cut 3 rounds of hearts from 1 napkin, 8 little hearts by cutting a "heart window" out of the smallest heart before unfolding. Plus, my napkins are two-ply, so I can peel apart the layers to get twice as many (thin, translucent) doilies.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Video Link;
    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/handmade-heart-doilies?autonomy_kw=...
    It is the first one listed under videos.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    I love it!

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Ladies, you have to keep the fold at least a little in tact other wise you will get lots of pieces. No gluing or taping needed then :)

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    Cute project! Even little children can do this. Thank for the fun idea.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    great project! At first I was a little unclear about the directions to fold but I followed Handbellringer's suggestion of looking at the napkin like a baseball diamond and got it one time. Thanks!

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    I Love this proyect. Is easy and lovely.

  • 4 Feb, 2009

    So, do you then glue these together to make the round doily?

  • 29 Jan, 2009

    I love this idea!!! I'm a teacher and have come up with another variation that I plan to use in my classroom. You can also make these with coffee filters and markers. Decorate the filter with red and pink hearts (or even scribbles). Cut according to directions, then spritz with water. The water will cause the marker to bleed, creating a unique tie-dyed effect :) Decorate a handmade card or sandwich between layers of clear contact paper or laminate to make a suncatcher. Have fun!!!!

  • 29 Jan, 2009

    If you're still struggling with the directions above, I've found the link with the step by step directions from the show.

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/handmade-heart-doilies?autonomy_kw=...

  • 29 Jan, 2009

    Try adding these notes to the original directions: 1-As if you were at home base of a baseball diamond. 2-Bring 1st base to 3rd base with the baselines lined up. 3-Bring the baselines to the long centerline. 4-Cut a rounded top, to look like a single dip ice cream cone. (Pretend you are cutting out a heart from a single fold paper.) 5- Cut a sliver (or a chunk) from the side that is NOT the last fold, making sure to leave at least 1/4 inch of the (multiple) folds near the top of your cone.

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    I WILL FINISH THE DIRECTIONS, THEN FROM THE BOTTOM, GO AT LEAST A 1/4 INCH UP AND CUT THE BOTTOM OF A HEART. KEEP THE FOLDED SIDE FACING YOU. REMEMBER WHEN YOU CUT YOU WILL BE CUTTING ON THE FOLDED SIDE FIRST, CUTTING TOWARDS THE OPEN ENDS.
    IF I CAN ASSIT YOU OR EXPLAIN MORE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME.
    GOOD LUCK!!!

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    I WILL TRY TO HELP: LAY NAPKIN WITH THE FOLD PART IN FRONT OF YOU, TAKE THE RIGHT POINT FOLD UP TO OPPOSIT POINT (WHICH SHOULD BE THE OPEN ENDS) THIS WILL FORM A TRIANGLE, NOW FOLD THE POINTS BACK OVER TO THE FOLD PART, FORMING A KIND OF CONE. WHEN YOU FOLD IT BACK YOU SHOULD HAVE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A CONE MAYBE? THE FOLD WILL NOT COVER THE TOP PART. NOW IF YOU TAKE THE SCISSORS AND CUT JUST THE TOP PART OF A HEART, ONLY THE ROUND PART, CUT THIS ON THE FOLD SIDE,FROM THE FOLD TO THE OPEN SIDE,

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    The directions are in the Feb. 2009 issue of MS Living. Look on page 51, under Good Things. There is a great picture at the bottom that shows you exactly where to cut. I found that step #5 should read: Cut off from the bottom point of the triangle, straight up the right edge, keeping the shape of the triangle,but leave 1/4" intact at the top of triangle. Good Luck!

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    Please, where is a video for this? I didn't get to see this show. Would love to make these.

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    where are the diagrams/drawings step by step. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    This will be in this months Martha Stewart Living | February 2009 magazine in the Good Things column. Which if not already on the store shelves should be soon.

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    Along with the above directions, please be sure to read all of the comments and take them into consideration. The numbers in my other two posts (at 3 pm) match those of the original directions. If anything is not clear, please say so. (I did not know to NOT use quote marks, so that is the reason for the funny characters.)

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    ps, i have feb. magazine (with cupcakes on the front) and there isn't anything about the doilies. so what magazine are you talking about

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I have had the same problem except I've used aleast a dozen napkins!!!!!!!! I've searched your web site link after link looking for a video for this. I've found videos for a bunch of other crafts so why not this one?? After all it was on todays show 01/27/2009. HELPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    The most important thing to mention is the placement of the first fold so the whole bottom is composed of folds no open edges.. After several tries I got it right.

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    The most important thing to mention is the placement of the first fold so the whole bottom is composed of folds no open edges.. After several tries I got it right.

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    Very cute idea, it took me two try's, but once I re-read the directions I had a lighbulb moment. I made it harder for myself then it really is. My first mistake was I cut off the folds, which connect the hearts together. Pretty simple once you get the hang of it..Good luck to all!

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    con't pg 3 Geeeeezzzz and left side. 3 Repeat fold again right to left. Makes a cone shape wpoint at bottom. Both sides of cone have folds. 4 Top of cone is top of heart, draw two half circle for top of heart, cut. 5 Bottom of cone cut diagonal.

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    con't pg 2 ( I too trouble w char so left out coma's)

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    See if this helps. Like making papaer snowflakes.
    1 Napkin w point dwn should have all folds no open edges. Top should have the open edges. 2 Take right point fold to left point. Now have point @ top bottom

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    Second post, to continue my first:

    5. Turn the half heart over so that the n n n n n n big foldn n n n n n is on the left again. Cut a sliver (or a chunk) from the right side, making sure to leave at least a n n n n inch of the (multiple) folds near the top. This will keep all of the hearts connected in a ring. Unfold.

    6. Have fun preparing for Valentines Day!

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I had trouble keeping this under the prescribed 500 character limit so I will post two times: 1. I like to start with the n n n n n n big foldn n n n n n on the lower left, and the two smaller folds on the right.

    2. This puts your first fold on the right.

    3. Fold the triangle in half, putting your second fold on the left.

    4. Cut the arc from the top of the triangle. (I turned mine over first. I am right handed and it was easier for me to visualize the heart if I cut from the n n n n n n center.n n n n n n )

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    The heart doily is not explained very well. It would have been nice to have some type of a drawing to go along with the explaination.

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I tried it too, and I give up. I'm buying the magizine, because it's such a cute idea!

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    My napkin only has 4 hearts. How do you get more hearts? I agree that we need a video. Please we need help. Sincerely, Joyce

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    same here, you went so fast on the show..where's the video for this...i really want to do this

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I need to see each step. I've ruined 5 napkins now and I'm totally confused by the words. Do I have to buy the magazine?

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I need to see each step. I've ruined 5 napkins now and I'm totally confused by the words. Do I have to buy the magazine?