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Monday, February 14, 2011

Kids Crafts: Valentine's Day Crafts

Kids Crafts: Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day has always been a low-key/no-stress event in our house even before the kids arrived. For the last couple of years, since Ana is interested in crafts, we do some themed craft activities around certain celebrations. And, since Valentine's Day has come to signify a celebration of friendship and love, we make something to give to friends and loved ones to show that we care.

This year, we made Salt Dough Hearts. The procedure is the same as described in the Salt Dough Creatures post. We used a cookie-cutter to cut the shape, poked a hole for the ribbon we wanted to add later on, and baked it. After it cooled overnight, we painted it red. Then, Ana added From: and To: for her friends.

Kids Crafts: Valentine's Day Crafts

We also made heart cards using card stock paper and one of our favorite techniques: rubber cement masking. Ana loves watercolors. She had fun combining rubber cement masking with salt sprinkled painting to make a few sheets of paper. We let it dry. Then, cut into hearts. Ana meticulously wrote the names on each card.

Kids Crafts: Valentine's Day Crafts rubber cement masking watercolor hearts

The technique of folding the paper in half and cutting a "question mark shape" as Ana puts it, is an easy way to get neat little hearts cut out from paper. But, card stock being thick, and not wanting a fold in the middle of the beautiful card, we went with tracing out the heart shape and cutting them out, even if slightly more tedious.

Kids Crafts: Valentine's Day Crafts ripped tissue paper hearts

Oggie got into the spirit and wanted to "make hearts" too. So, we went with the old technique of ripping tissue paper and gluing them on several layers to make a thicker tissue paper sheet as described in the Paper Chain Fairies, Fairy Flower Chain and Fairy Wings post.

Rip tissue papers (various colors, patterns) - this is the only part Oggie really enjoyed - layer them on a plastic sheet and glue on more layers to get a thicker colorful ripped tissue paper. Allow to dry completely. Peel off the plastic. Cut out the shapes.

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At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Ideas .... Thank you for sharing!!!

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At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! We loved the rubber cement masking technique hearts and featured your craft at our blog, MPM School Supplies Blog!

You can find the full feature here:

We were sure to give idea/photo credit, as well as a link back to your blog, but we'd love for you to take a look. If there are any problems, we'll be certain to take the feature down immediately!

Thanks so much,

Kayla Johnson

At 9:02 AM, Blogger peggy said...

hey...i love your projects...thumbs up!!


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