Cardboard Heart Locket

Cardboard Locket

When my daughter was about 18 months old, we went on a trip to an island off of Tokyo’s coast called Shikinejima. It was the off season, most restaurants were closed and we were sleeping in a tent.

We ended up doing a lot of shopping at convenience stores, eating meals of: apples, Oreos, cans of hot cocoa, and cans of tuna fish, and were even gifted a fresh bag of assorted seafood from a local fisherman, which we hesitantly attempted to cook over a fire… Maybe you’ve had a similarly strange almost-camping experience?

Cardboard Locket

One of the shop keepers, a little old man who was so enamored with our daughter and her blond hair, kindly gave her a red plastic 3D heart pendant which had a light inside that would blink on and off.

It was one of those toys with sticking power, and became well-worn and well-loved over the next year and a half- that is until the battery died.

Cardboard Locket necklace

When I saw this cardboard heart ornament on Pinterest by A Little Learning for 2, it gave me the idea for making a low tech replacement for the blinking heart pendant.

My daughter approved. She loves being able to open and close the locket. We’re now working together to make something similar as a Valentine’s Day present for the grandparents. Definitely not afraid to share the cardboard love….

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Info on adding cardboard beads to your locket here.

Make a Cardboard Locket by The Cardboard Collective


20 thoughts on “Cardboard Heart Locket

  1. I’m definitely bookmarking this for something to do with the little ones on a day we stay indoors. I’ve been saving cardboard for them to play with and make things from so I should have plenty by now.

    • Lois, Oh I hope you enjoy making cardboard crafts with your grandchildren, it is obviously one of my greatest joys making cardboard stuff for my own kids!

  2. What a great idea! I think making different colored lockets and putting different images in each one would be great for the dress-up box!

  3. Fabulous, and great even for those of us who don’t celebrate valentines day! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, you’re a great inspiration!

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  8. Hi there! I stumbled upon your site while browsing the web for Mother’s Day craft ideas. I loved this project and have included it in my 25 Kid Friendly Mother’s Day Crafts post. I’ve pinned this to my pinterest boards. I would love for you to stop by and check out your post… Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with the world. Happy Mother’s Day!

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