How to Draw a Heart Template

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How to draw a heart template and make a variety of stencils for your all your Papercraft needs.

You don't have to be limited to store bought heart stencils anylonger!

Supplies Needed

Supplies needed to make heart templates
  • Paper
  • Pencil a No. 2 soft lead or HB artist's pencil works well.
  • Eraser a "kneaded" eraser is always helpful and is just plain fun to have for all your creative needs!
  • Scissors
  • Card Stock or Template Plastic (optional) for making more permanent, long lasting stencils.
  • Decorative papers (optional) for decorative cutouts.

The trick to being able to draw hearts is folding a piece of paper in half and drawing only one side.

This enables you to make perfect hearts that are exactly alike on both sides.

The most difficult part of of learning how to draw a heart is drawing the first side, but with a little bit of practice, you'll have no trouble.

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Sketch One Side of The Heart

  • Fold your paper in half
  • Place your pencil on the folded edge of the paper as your starting point for sketching.
  • Begin a loop curving upwards and out.
  • Continue to sketch the loop outwards and around.
  • Sketch the "tail" by curving downward back into the folded part of the paper.

Cut Out Your Heart Template   

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  • Cut on the line that you have just drawn.

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  • Unfold to reveal your unique heart template that can now be used for a variety of Papercraft projects.

Make paper hearts from the templates

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  • Trace around the heart onto the underside of decorative paper.
  • Cut out the heart that you just traced.

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TIP: Tracing onto the backside of your decorative paper is helpful because it eliminates any leftover draw-lines on the front that would then need to be erased.

Completed Heart

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How to make a handmade

Take this tutorial one step further, check out how to make "framed" hearts from this basic template.

An Endless Variety of Paper Hearts is Possible

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This is showing the differences in paper hearts and what the corresponding cut-out paper looks like.

When drawing and cutting out your hearts, pay close attention to how changes to the upper rounded part and the lower "tail" part create different looks.

Notice why the style of each changes . . .

  • How large the round top part is.
  • How elongated the round top part is.
  • The way the "tail" part comes in at the bottom.

Practice different types . . .

  • Draw different sized rounded tops.
  • Draw different elongated and rounded tops.
  • Draw the "tail" curving in at different angles.

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!


~~~Samantha Mariah

Want to learn more?

The different types of hearts that can be drawn are endless. For even more variety check out the tutorial on how to draw a heart that's playful

You'll love these! Here's a tutorial on making a card with these playful hearts.

Also, learn how to make handmade gift certificates out of your hearts. Kids love to give these gift coupons out as gifts!

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