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Valentines Flowers

12 Feb

This could be fun for a lot of different occasions like birthdays, shower favours etc simply by choosing different colours and even changing the size of the flower.  Since Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner I decided to make these flowers for my daughters Kindergarten class.

I got the idea from LiveLaughFoodCraft, who got the idea from Disney Family Fun.

I didn’t take any pics of the progress, sorry, but I did make a few changes based on the materials I had available to me.

I used red tissue paper and did 4 layers of paper.  I cut the squares 4.5″ the same as in the first tutorial and this worked perfect because my tissue paper was just the right size to make 5 flowers from each sheet.

I didn’t have any pipe cleaners on hand and since I was giving this to kindergarten kids, I didn’t really want to use any wire though I did consider twist ties at one point.  I used string instead.

Since I wasn’t using pipe cleaner or wire I needed something to attach the flowers to the suckers.  I happened to have some florist tape on hand so I just wound that around the string and sucker stick making sure that I wrapped a little bit of the flower to the stick as well to make it a bit sturdier.

And voila! 15 cute little valentine flowers for my daughter’s class!  I still need to get her to sign some little cards to attach to each one but there are still a couple of days. 🙂

Just to recap my materials:

red tissue paper
lollipops or suckers (I got heart-shaped ones at the bulk store)
string
florist tape
scissors

I also added heart-shaped cards so my daughter could write who they were from.

Donna Giroux is an independent crafter living in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children.

You can find more of her writing about recycling materials, and reconstructing clothing at Punkn’

bear your heart + craft some love

1 Feb

feeling crafty, but not knowing what to make i set out to search the world wide web of craft. yep, in my eyes its ALL craft. hours later i have a few favorites to show you, and perhaps after a few more hours i will have my own versions…

https://i2.wp.com/images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/ms_living/2005Q1//la101194_0205_potholders_xl.jpg

heart shaped pot holders :: Marthastewart.com

https://i0.wp.com/images.meredith.com/parents/images/2009/01/ss_hearttrivet.jpg

braided trivets :: parents.com

Heart Streamers from old magazines

25 Jan

How to Make a Simple Heart Streamer from Old Magazines

Heart Streamers

Valentine’s day is almost here, and I have a confession. Part of what I love about this holiday is that it’s an excuse to cut out lots of hearts. There’s something about cutting hearts out of paper or fabric that’s so soothing to me. This is an easy peasy way to put that obsession to good use making sweet little heart streamers!

All you need is an old magazine, a pair of scissors, thread or fishing line, and a glue stick.

Heart Streamers

First, you’ll want to flip through your magazine to look for good pages. Look for interesting textures and appropriate imagery. I used magazine photos of sweet couples and cool patterns, as well as some test pages from my printer that were sitting in the recycle bin.

Once you’ve got some pages picked out, you’ll want to fold them in half. The idea here is that you’re cutting out two identical hearts. You can even do a few pages at once, like in the photo below. If you have a heart punch, you can use this instead.

Heart Streamers

For the streamer pictured at the top, I needed six pairs of hearts. Once you have yours all cut out, grab your spool thread and get ready to make heart sandwiches! Take a pair of hearts and flip them so they’re both wrong side up. Without cutting the thread off of the spool, apply glue stick around the edges and a bit in the center of each heart, then lay your thread on one side, flip the other heart over, and smooth the paper together gently with your hand. You’ll keep adding sandwiches until the streamer is as long as you like. Then, measure about 12″ of additional thread before trimming your streamer off of the spool.

Heart Streamers

Ta-da! You’ve got a lovely heart streamer to hang on the wall or in the window. To hang, just tie the tail around the top of your window blinds or a small tack in the wall.

Streamers are just one little way to use old magazines for heart-based crafts! What recycled craft projects do you guys have up your sleeves for Valentine’s day?

Becky Striepe is an independent crafter and freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two cats. She loves working with vintage fabric and salvaged materials. There’s just something about giving found objects a brand new life that really appeals to her. They lend their own stories to everything she makes. They lend their own stories to everything she makes.

You can find her writing on her own site, at Green Options, and at greenUPGRADER. She writes about eco-friendly crafts and sustainable living.

heart happy

15 Jan

dont get too comfortable… just because christmas is over doesnt mean the holidays end. Valentine’s Day is coming, and if your planning on making your own gift its best to start early. last year i personally learned the hard way. i ran into issues with the project not working out… and i wasnt finished in time. boo on me, but lesson learned.

ideas for home decorations…

this photo made me imagine tiny hearts hanging from a tree.

Pick a Heart by -Sunny- *mostly away/moving*.

Pick a Heart :: Sunny

i have yet to find a way to waterproof handmade hearts, but keep the project easy … so this is an indoor project. perfect for little kids.

need: tall tin can (apple juice tin), dirt, branches (i have red ones we found along the side of the road), paper hearts, glue, string

cut hearts out of coloured paper, child’s drawings, fabric, handpainted paper or wallpaper.

for each decoration: you will need two hearts (front + back). glue the two hearts together with a loop of string so it sticks out the top.

for the container: fill the can 3/4 full with dirt. stick your branches in. once your hearts are dry hang them on your branches.

voila!

we were in a hurry and couldnt wait for our glue to dry (sigh, what a princess) so grandma ran to the dollarama and found these lasercut disco like plastic hearts. they even have little wire rings (like a keyring) on them already which i thought was also a fabulous idea for our own creations. i will post them once they have been added to the love tree.

ideas for gifts…

this gorgeous hand cut heart has my mind spinning with ideas.

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acrylic heart on paper :: nicci washere

there are no instructions as to how this was created, but i will try and get the basics down for you. please respect the artist and do not copy her artwork directly.

roughly cut heart from corrugated cardboard. perfection is not the goal here. misshaped, rugged and uneven add to the uniqueness. if you have access to gesso paint a layer on each side. (i found mine at walmart for $3) once dry start splashing on some base colour. when adding the details think doodles. different sized brushes will help you draw thin lines. oh and acrylic tipped brushes work best (for myself) when working with the thickness of acrylic paint.

for the beginner… acrylic paint is the crafter paints sold at dollarstores, discount stores and even michaels. they are usually under $2/bottle. if you want to add more details (like the black drawings over the roses) sharpie is the best–fine tipped.

for my own heart cards, im going to write a love quote, or thought on the back… ooh idea… make a few, and write your favorite things about your lover – one on each card.