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Create a homemade card that stands out amongst those run-of-the-mill pharmacy aisle paper goods. This light and fuzzy card not only shows friends and family how much you love them, but it also conveys your expression of affection using the homiest of materials, yarn.
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Make your own yarn heart cards using two sheets of 12" x 12" decorative cardstock, a pencil, tape, a heart stencil, yarn (or embroidery thread for a less fuzzy version), a pin tool (or fine point stylus), a ruler and a pair of scissors.
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Cut Cardstock to Size
Take two pieces of cardstock, your ruler and pencil. Decide how large you want your card to be and mark where to cut your cardstock on both pages. You'll need two cards of exactly the same size — one for the outer card with the yarn heart and one to cover the inside of the card after the heart is woven. I made mine 10 inches long by 5 inches wide so the final folded card would be a five inch square.
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Fold the Cards
Fold both pieces of cardstock in the middle width-wise to create two cards that are exactly the same size. Trim any excess from the inner card that may be overlapping.
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Trace the Heart
Using your heart pattern, trace the outline of the heart onto the center of the front of your card.
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Measure and Mark the Holes
Using a ruler to keep your holes on a straight line, mark an even number of holes on each line where the yarn will be stitched. You can space lines closer together for a denser yarn pattern, but make sure to leave at least an 1/8" between each hole so the cardstock doesn't rip when the yarn is woven through it.
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With your pin tool or a mechanical pencil, puncture holes where your marks are. Then erase all pencil marks with an eraser.
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Make a Point
Make a "needle" with tape by rolling it tightly around the end of your yarn into a tiny tube. This will keep the yarn from fraying as you weave it through your card.
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Add the Yarn
Starting at the top, gently weave the yarn through the pre-poked holes.
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Add the Second Card
Using your glue stick, outline the back edge of your yarn heart card and the back of the second card with glue. Gently press the back of the second card to the first and set to dry.
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Yarn Heart Cards
Now you're ready to write in your heartfelt message with your pen of choice!
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