Concertina Heart Card

Concertina heart card

My favourite kind of cards has always been pop-up (or even better, those pop up ones that play music!) but they’re always super expensive! $14 for a card? I don’t think so!

Instead, I thought I’d take my own advice and make a pop-up but realised that Valentine’s Day is literally just around the corner. Yikes, no time for that! So fter a quick stint back at the drawing board, I came up with this concertina heart card! Quick to whip up and with it’s nifty concertina unfolding, it’s bound to blow the socks off your squeeze!


To get started, you’ll need:

  • Watercolour paper + paints
  • Split pins
  • Scissors
  • Twine

Concertina heart card step 1

First up, we’re going to get painty! Just grab a brush and go to town with your watercolours. The key is to be liberal with the water and load your brush up with heaps of paint, blending the colours together as you go to avoid hard edges.

Concertina heart card step 2

While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, draw and cut out heart on some card (cereal boxes are great for this!) to use as a template. Then trace around this on the back of your painted sheet and cut out the hearts.

Concertina heart card

Once you’ve cut out all your hearts (I use 6 in total and also added some plain pink, but that’s completely up to you!), it’s time to use the split pins to attach them together! Stack the hearts on top of each other and join each one to the heart below it. As you go, the position of the split pin will swap from one side of the heart, creating a kind of heart accordion.

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Once you’ve joined all the hearts together, you’re ready to add some twine.

Concertina heart card

Simply tie a knot in the end of a piece of twine and pop it on the back of the split pin on the open side of the front and back hearts.

Concertina heart card

It’s really as simple as that! Before you give the card away, wrap the twine around it and tie a cute little bow. And if you want to be super creative, make a huge string of heart that could double as bunting!