Movable Heart Paper Doll

Print out our moving heart paper doll and let it flap its wings of love. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this activity is great to do at home or in the classroom.

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It’s been a while since we’ve made moving dolls, but we really enjoyed them! If you’re a fan too, print them out and while you’re at it, why not grab a moving chick paper doll that’s perfect to make in the months to come.

I probably say this often, but this is my favorite so far (and I hope I can say the same for the next one). The wings look really nice and the flapping action looks great.

This time, there are actually a variety of printables, and they come in two sizes since it’s easier for younger kids to make the larger ones. There’s also a design without a face, so you can have a “faceless” heart or design your own.

Ready? Grab our printable template (you’ll find it at the end of the tutorial), print it out, and get to work on this Valentine’s Day project for kids.

Printable Mobile Heart Paper Doll Craft for Kids

How to make a moving heart paper doll with our printable template

What you need:

  • our printable templates
  • thicker printing paper (or regular printing paper and laminator)
  • rivet
  • wool
  • coloring materials
  • glue + clear tape
  • drag


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Step by step instructions

Print out our templates (you can get them at the end of the tutorial).

I recommend using thicker cardstock or printer paper as they are more durable and easier to color. If you are working with regular paper, you will need to laminate the doll parts or the paper will tear. You can also laminate thicker paper to make the doll more durable.

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There are several different versions and they come in two sizes. In this tutorial we will be covering the smaller size – with two movable dolls on each sheet.

Color the doll parts. We chose markers because of their bright colors.

To add depth to the wings, we used a light gray marker.

Cut out the heart and wings.

Punch holes (holes are marked on both wings and heart).

We use skewers to make holes, anything sharp and pointy enough will work.

Turn the heart over and push a rivet through the hole (the prongs should be on the back and the cap on the colored side).

Now push it through the wing again, through the inside hole of the wing (see picture below).

Secure the nail by separating the prongs.

Do the same with both wings.

Take a piece of yarn and thread it through the holes in the wings. We made a paper needle but I highly recommend getting plastic needles for kids as they are perfect for projects like this (and for the classroom).

Tie the yarn. The yarn should be loose enough that the wings can fall down when you are not pulling on the yarn.

It’s best to experiment with the length when tying, so don’t tie it too tight the first time. Secure it with a second knot.

You can glue a craft stick to the back of the doll and it will act as a handy handle.

Regular glue may not work so we also use tape to secure it.

And that’s it! Your moving heart paper doll is ready to fly around the room.
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Moving Heart Paper Doll Crafts for Kids

Get the moving heart paper doll template here

Happy crafting!

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