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Project

Bonbon-Filled Hearts

Introduction

Surprise a loved one by hanging a heart-shaped container filled with candy on his doorknob or near his computer.

Materials

  • Plain or patterned lightweight card stock
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Candy

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fold and unfold a square of plain or patterned lightweight card stock to score it as pictured.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the card stock in half vertically, and open.

  3. Step 3

    Fold it horizontally.

  4. Step 4

    Open.

  5. Step 5

    Draw two opposite corners of the square inward, tucking in the other two corners.

  6. Step 6

    Trace a heart.

  7. Step 7

    Slide fold A behind fold B.

  8. Step 8

    Hold in place. Then use a hole punch to pierce both; thread a ribbon through, and tie. Fill both sides of the heart with candy.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2002

Reviews (52)

  • Janeann 10 Feb, 2013

    Took a bit of thinking through the " a behind b" but looked at the video and saw I'd got it right.

  • Wootle 8 Feb, 2011

    "7. Slide fold A behind fold B."

    And where would they be?

    Who writes this stuff? The same person who decided against enlarged photos or incomplete illustrations? Thought so.

  • Wootle 8 Feb, 2011

    "7. Slide fold A behind fold B."

    And where would they be?

    Who writes this stuff? The same person who decided against enlarged photos or incomplete illustrations? Thought so.

  • nelapx 6 Feb, 2011

    Revisen los esquemas de los diagramas de las fotos... no corresponden a la fotografia, fig 7 y 8, no dan loque muestra la foto

  • laurenfazz 20 Jan, 2010

    I tried this last year and it was a big hit! Thanks for the great ideas Martha?

  • valentineseidel 17 Jan, 2010

    Where can I find the video?

  • sewswell 13 Feb, 2009

    I also found using a Zot adhesive dot helped hold it together better.

  • ellen97 12 Feb, 2009

    I staple the middle, and put double-sided tape to hold the sides together. I have found that scrapbook paper is about the right thickness. I have also put an artificial flower on each side. I have students practice on notebook paper first.

  • ellen97 12 Feb, 2009

    I did one more fold like JaneSchuelein with my students. I took it one step further and gave them each a template with the arc at the top and point at the bottom and had them trace the arc so they would know where to cut. Template looks kind of like an ice cream cone (the pointy kind) and fits the size of the folded paper. I found smaller-size paper works well with younger kids and doesn't take as much to fill. I put the goodies in sandwich bags, seal them, and put them upside-down in each side. That way the candy won't fall out.

  • dragonfly444 12 Feb, 2009

    I have some fun vintage wallpaper that I bet will look great with these!

  • kwalabare 12 Feb, 2009

    Thanks iBabbel. It made it much easier to follow with your video. I don't know if we sell the Valentines M

  • photostalk 12 Feb, 2009

    After step 5, fold it in half and cut half of the heart shape starting 1/3 way down on the outside, curving to the inside slightly higher so the heart is not too open.

  • mlnags 12 Feb, 2009

    Really cute! Think it might be a good idea to enclose in clear wrap and tie at the top so contents dont end up on the floor.

  • joanicla 12 Feb, 2009

    ibabbel - you rock!!! Thank you for your video. I finally got it!

  • sallythomas 12 Feb, 2009

    Try making it first with a piece of regular paper (much more light weight and easier to bend) until you get the hang of it. Then move on to the thicker card stock.

  • jencooper 12 Feb, 2009

    bstewart654 - - - I'm not sure there is a template for the heart. The size would depend on the size of paper you are using. I'm sure there is something on the website though that would work. OR, a big heart shaped cookie cutter. Hopefully you'll find something that will work for you!!

  • jencooper 12 Feb, 2009

    The round shape you are seeing in the middle is after you connect the sections to form the two "pockets". #7 tells you to slide fold A behind fold B then in #8 it tells you to secure them and fill both sides of the heart with candy. It might have made more sense to you if they had shown a [filtered word] or something in that section of that illustration. Sometimes you have to read more thoroughly than just go by the pictures.

  • lbuser 12 Feb, 2009

    Actually, you DO end up with a round shape in the middle. When you pull the middle together and punch a [filtered word] to hang, it creates the 2 heart shaped pockets that will hold your bon bons. This may just be a variation on your May Basket that you did years ago. This is so ease and so cute. Something my little grandkids will enjoy making.

  • bstewart654 12 Feb, 2009

    Where do you find the heart template??

  • KellyJMF 12 Feb, 2009

    When you slide the two fold together you DO end up with a round shape in the center and two triangular pockets on each side.

  • JaneSchuelein 9 Feb, 2009

    I've made this craft for years....in 1947 as a May Basket....fill with flowers and/or candy. But, the original hearts in the picture, do not agree with instructions.....see the picture and then look at Step 7....the whole thing is cut in a heart shape, but in the picture and Step 8....you don't have a heart top in the middle....it is a round shape. After teaching kindergarten for years, instructions have to be written better.

  • iBabbel 9 Feb, 2009

    yay! I'm glad it helped!

  • iBabbel 9 Feb, 2009

    yay! I'm glad it helped!

  • pardeca 7 Feb, 2009

    Dear IBabbel, Thanks so much for your video instructions! It really made a difference to watch how you folded the paper I finally got it!

  • iBabbel 6 Feb, 2009

    i forgot to mention that the trick for step 5 is to fold "hamburger" and "hotdog" with the print side out, and to fold on the diagonals with the white side out. This will set it up to fold perfectly.

    But again if you wan to watch someone do it, you can see it in my video below :)

  • iBabbel 6 Feb, 2009

    Hi there,

    I made a how-to video that shows exactly how to do everything. The hearts turned out really cute!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25UDm01NAsE

  • librarygirl33 1 Feb, 2009

    Ok, wait, I just figured it out.
    My trick was to make sure and fold all the lines backwards and forwards, and then try number 5. When you "draw" the opposite corners together, don't fold it quite yet, as you bring the other corners together they will sorta of fold inward and then the opposite corners(1st corners) will lay on top and bottom of the other folds(2nd part). I think i just made myself confused. I hope this helps a little.

  • librarygirl33 1 Feb, 2009

    Ok, I am a crafty person, and i "heart crafts" but i cannot for the life of me do step 5!! Somone please talk to me like i am a 4 year old, i would really appreciatre it!!!

  • pardeca 1 Feb, 2009

    OK, I know I'm "craft-challenged" but I tried it again and I still do not get Step 5. When I "take two corners that are opposite from each other and bring them together and tuck in the other two corners". I get a smaller square with four flaps that does not look like the picture. What am I doing wrong?

  • pardeca 1 Feb, 2009

    Thank you "cherrytreepaper"!

  • dacountess 13 Jan, 2009

    This was soo easy and fun to do!! cant wait to surprise the special people in my life with this!!

  • cherrytreepaper 12 Jan, 2009

    @ pardeca: Step 5. Draw two opposite corners of the square inward, tucking in the other two corners.

    Take two corners that are opposite from each other and bring them together and tuck in the other two corners (the ones that you didn't tuck intogether).

  • pardeca 8 Jan, 2009

    Can someone please explain Step 5 to me? Thanks so much!

  • pardeca 8 Jan, 2009

    Can someone please explain Step 5 to me? Thanks so much!

  • beaglesrule 11 Jun, 2008

    I made these a few years ago and used wider ribbon, doubling it to make a long loop. Then I hung them on my breakfast room chandelier at different lengths. Great Valentine's Day decoration and treat in one.

  • shebakeshecooksontheHills 14 Feb, 2008

    I'll do this with the kids at school to see if its managable

  • kristahagen 10 Feb, 2008

    A little tricky at first, but this craft is fun and easy! I'm sure it'll be a hit with my co-workers. I just made my own heart template, as I couldn't get the link to work either. Thanks, Martha!!

  • EULIEKING 8 Feb, 2008

    This one is fantastic-easy to do thanks

  • RebekahJin 7 Feb, 2008

    Oh, and I cut the heart out freehanded. It's quite easy, actually. If you're not confident, just draw your own heart using the image shown on step 6. Good luck!

  • RebekahJin 7 Feb, 2008

    Great! I am making a few of these for my favorite teachers. I bought some cute, 12 x 12 heart-patterned paper from Michaels to use for this project. It is inexpensive, easy, and fast. The only problem is getting it to my teachers without ruining the hearts or tipping them over. I am planning on using pipe cleaners instead of ribbon to make a secure handle for the hearts.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  • patty17404 6 Feb, 2008

    Could not find the heart template. Pease repair link. Thank you.

  • aprilmagic 5 Feb, 2008

    I love the Bon-bon filled hearts idea. I tried to download the heart template but the link is broken.

  • MrsJacks 1 Feb, 2008

    crafteraholic- to add a picture, go into "My Place" from the "Community" area of the website. On the right side of the page it will say "About Crafteraholic" select "Update My Place" and then select the "Photo" tab. It will let you either upload a photo of yours, or choose one of theirs. Good luck!

  • MrsJacks 1 Feb, 2008

    crafteraholic- to add a picture, go into "My Place" from the "Community" area of the website. On the right side of the page it will say "About Crafteraholic" select "Update My Place" and then select the "Photo" tab. It will let you either upload a photo of yours, or choose one of theirs. Good luck!

  • marthawannabe2u 31 Jan, 2008

    The heart template link does not seem to work :(

  • crafteraholic 31 Jan, 2008

    how do you get your picture in the square above your "name"? Anyone help!?

  • crafteraholic 31 Jan, 2008

    As noted a few times, step seven can be tricky. Rather than worry about A and B. Just slide the two middle pieces togeter. I didn't understand the descrption below of pull toward me. However, good advice, just forget about A and B! Actually quite easy! I had my children do this, ages 6 and 7. Extra fun, get white card stock and let your kids embellishe with stamps, stickers, and pens. I just stuck with stamps. A whole lot of everything gets messy. Just a note from a Mom! Enjoy.

  • Sugarbratt 30 Jan, 2008

    Ok I have to admit step 7 was tricky but I figured out if you pull the middle of the heart out toward you the "A" and "B" Pieces tend to fold them selfs together. once in please it is easy to punch holes in and string up. I started out with just regular paper for my test runs. Try that first it might help!

  • HolJen 23 Jan, 2008

    Hmmm, okay all, help me out here. I've got some trouble when it comes to step 7.I try to slide it behind, then what? I've still got "B" on the side of "A"....eekkk, what am I missing here?

  • Nitha 24 Dec, 2007

    A great idea to surprise a loved one.. Simple to make !!

  • jessicacarr 23 Dec, 2007

    How cute, simple, inexpensive and not very time-consuming, yet handmade and perfect for anytime of the year!! :)

  • jdsmithfamily 12 Dec, 2007

    a fun project to make, 12 X 12 paper is the perfect size, since once you cut the heart out, you will still have a good size holder. Practice first to get the right size before you use your nicer paper, I cut the heart too far down the fold and it wasn't deep enough