Happy HEARTS day Everyone!
I just finished drawing a valentine’s card and I made a FREE downloadable 5×7 version.
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Here’s a Simple Heart Origami to teach kids just in time for Valentine’s Day…
If you didn’t have food coloring handy for your playdough recipe, you can try these recipes to make some natural food color using some ingredients from your cupboard
To make Bright Pink, you can use 3/8 cup beet juice (liquid from a can of beets)
To make Yellow, you can use 1 teaspoon turmeric and 3/8 cup hot water
To make Orange, you can use 1 tablespoon paprika and 3/8 cup hot water
To make Brown, you can use 4 tablespoons cocoa powder and 3/8 cup hot water
1 cup flour
2/4 cup salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Combine the flour and salt.
2. Add your oil and food coloring.
3. Knead the dough thoroughly for a few minutes.
4. Store in an airtight container after use.
DIY: Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft
Here’s a craft project that you can use for birthday parties, sunday school or just for an easy activity for kids to do anywhere. I like this project because you can buy the materials in bulk and it’s the kind of craft that can entertain one, two, ten or fifteen children at one time.
1. Give each child (2) coffee filters to draw and decorate as they like.
2. Teach or help the children to make accordion folds on the coffee filters.
3. Pinch the middle of the coffee filters with the clothespin.
4. Twist and tie a pipe cleaner around the opening of the clothespin.
5. Coil the ends of the pipe cleaner to make an antenna for the butterfly.
Here’s a craft project from recycled plastic bottles:
Empty plastic bottles
Card board or card stock
1. Cut a face pattern on the card stock.
2. Take a blank piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
3. Cut out a body as you would for folded paper dolls.
4. Have you child draw and decorate the face and body.
5. Tape the pieces on the bottle. Use the ribbon or yarn as hair.
This is a tutorial on how I made use of some beloved scrapbook paper in creative gift wrapping.
It’s perfect for decorating plain colored gift wrap but it will also work by using a contrasting pattern or color of scrapbook paper.
Scrapbook Paper Scraps
Distressing ink/ chalk
1. Make a petal template on the back of a scrapbook paper. Cut out a total of 5 petals for your flower.
2. Take each petal shape and cut a slit at the bottom.
3. Glue the two sides of the slit together to make a concave shape.
4. Apply distressing ink around the petals.
5. Roll the top ends of the petal with a pencil.
6. Glue all the petals together from the bottom side to make a flower shape.
7. Roll the bead strings in a spiral on a glue dot. Keep applying glue dots on the back as the spiral gets bigger to keep it from getting undone.
8. Attach the bead spiral at the center of your flower.
9. Apply some glue on the petal and decorate with sequins. Set aside.
10. Cut out 2 leaf shapes using a green sheet of scrapbook paper. Fold it in half vertically from one end to about halfway the leaf.
11. Ink the around the leaf and the fold of each peice.
12. Decorate the leaf with a contrasting color of sequins and glue. Let dry.
13. Hand draw and cut out a few squiggles or any other whimsical shape on the back of the scrapbook paper.
14. Cut out and decorate with sequins and glue.
15. Lay out all your finished elements and use your pieces to decorate your present accordingly. Have fun!
Want an easy valentine’s craft for Valentine’s Day? Try the Hershey’s Kisses Rosebud Craft. It’s really easy and fun to make. Enjoy making a lot for your family and friends!
Red cellophane paper
Green floral tape
1. Measure and cut the red cellophane paper into a 3 x 4 inch rectangle
2. Take a bamboo skewer and stick it on the top of one of the Hershey’s kisses.
3. Put another Hershey’s kiss on the opposite end of the kiss with a skewer and lay diagonally on the cellophane paper.
4. With one hand keep the two Hershey’s kisses together and wrap with the red cellophane with another hand.
5. Using the green floral tape, cover the bottom of the cellophane and start wrapping the bamboo skewer.
6. Add the silk leaf and keep wrapping the floral tape.
7. Determine how long you want your stem to be and cut to size. Finish wrapping your stem with the tape.
These favor boxes are cute for any occasion but I made this one particularly for Valentine’s Day. They would make a wonderful gift to my co-workers and people from church.
Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, die cuts, flowers, etc.)
Small plastic bags
Square puncher or craft knife
1. Cut the cardstock into 10 inches x 2 1/2 inches.
2. Mark and fold the cardstock at these measurements:
1 inch, 5 inch and 6.25 inch
DIY: Fuzzy Pen Holder
Empty soup can
1. Clean and dry soup the can. (I prefer the pop-open kind to avoid uneven sharp edges). Sand any sharp edges and set aside.
2. Wrap the can with chenille stems. Attach stems to each other by twisting one end of a stem to another.
3. Glue the pompoms on the can and decorate. (I use glue dots instead of regular glue because it’s less messier compared to liquid glue).