3 Fun and Easy Valentines Crafts

by on December 26th, 2010
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Three easy to Make Valentine’s Day Crafts that can be made and shared with all your sweethearts.

Heart Pencil Toppers

My 8 year old niece made these to give away to her friends at school for Valentine’s Day. They were easy enough for her to make but looked like a million bucks!

Materials

Scissors
Craft foam
Permanent markers
Pipe cleaner
Pencil

Instructions

Cut a 1- to 2-inch heart from craft foam. With a permanent marker, print a short message on the front and the name of the giver on back.
Now poke an inch of the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the heart, bend it down, and twist it back around the remaining length of pipe cleaner.
Coil the pipe cleaner tightly around the pencil. Then gently pull up on the heart so that part of the coil bobs freely above the pencil, with several loops anchored around the eraser end.

Candy-filled heart sachets with a bow

These were made for special friends by my niece and nephew. He was only six when he made them and they were not to difficult for him and he really enjoyed the stitching.

Materials

Heart shaped doilies 3-4 inches
Marker- Dark Color
Red, Pink or White Yarn, approx 2 feet pieces
Large Plastic Needle
Candy Hearts

Instructions

Write the “to and From” on half of the doilies before proceeding with the craft.It is easier to write on the hearts now while they are flat.
Take the two hearts – one with the “to and from” and one that’s blank – and put them back to back and matched up the lacy design edges as closely as possible
Then take the yarn and thread it into a large plastic needle and weave the thread in and out of the lace edges working your way around the heart(leave approx 3 -4 inches at the beginning end of heart). Keep lacing until we were 3/4 of the way around the heart. (Imagine that the heart is a clock and start stitching at 12:00 and keep going until you get to 9:00)
With the stitching almost done, stop and fill the sachet with candy hearts, about 8-10 pieces of candy for each heart. Be careful not to put too much candy inside, or else your paper might tear when you try to sew it up!
Finish lacing,and tie both ends to create a bow at the top of the heart. All Done! Pass out to all your sweethearts!

Translucent Hanging Stained Glass Paper Hearts

These are not only fun to make but also they look great hanging in group near the window when the sun shines through them.

Materials

Waxed Paper
Crayons, red, pink, white, yellow
Thread, string or yarn-Red, white or pink
Iron
Heart shape to trace around

Instructions

Begin with a 12-by-16-inch sheet of waxed paper. Fold it in half along its length to make the crease down the paper. Now unfold the paper.
Use a pencil sharpener to make shavings with your crayons.
Deposit wax-crayon shavings evenly but not to thick across one half of the paper.
Fold the clean half of the paper over the shavings.
Crimp the three open edges with a 1/2-inch fold to hold the shavings.
Prepare to iron by protecting your ironing surface with craft paper.
Place the waxed paper on the craft paper, and cover it with another sheet of craft paper.
Iron lightly on medium heat, checking after every few passes of the iron. You stop when all the shavings have melted. Let the melted crayon paper cool.
Next, trace and cut out hearts of various sizes.
Use glue or tape to attach string in the length you desire
Hang and enjoy!


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