Looking for a
last minute homemade gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day? Make a set of interlocking Möbius Strip Hearts! All that’s required is paper (enough for two strips), tape or glue, and scissors.
To begin, cut out two strips of paper. Make each one into a Möbius Strip, twisting in opposite directions (right and left, or clockwise and counterclockwise). [This twisting in opposite directions turns out to be a crucial design element, as I discovered the first two times I made this: otherwise, the hearts are disconnected at the very end and don’t even look like hearts. It’s really sad.]
Now glue or tape the two Möbius strips together so that they are perpendicular to each other where they meet. (I joined them at the seam of each Möbius strip so that the seams would be less visible in the final product.)
Cut the two strips lengthwise, as illustrated by TwoPi. This will mean that the overlapping square where they are joined will get quartered. If you’re doing this with kids, then you can draw a line down the center of each strip of paper (both sides) before creating the Möbius strips, and that will help guide the cutting.
When you’re done, you’ll have two interlocking hearts! They’re a little bit twisted, but hey, aren’t we all?