Thursday, February 12, 2009

Inexpensive Valentine Kid-Crafts

We have been crafting and crafting around here. In addition to all of our regular Valentine crafting, I was in charge of Spencer's class party. If I don't see another piece of construction paper or card stock for a while that will be okay. In the meantime, here are some of the crafts we worked on:

We made woven paper heart Valentine holders:


To make the Valentine holders, you will need two pieces of different colored paper.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 1

I used two jumbo 12 x18" sheets, but it also works with regular sheets - you will just get a smaller heart.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 2

Fold each paper in half.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 3

Cut the folded paper in half.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 4

On the unfolded side, cut to round the tops - these will become the top of the heart.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 5

On the folded side cut your strips for weaving. I used 4 strips and that seemed to be a manageable amount for 2 graders. Each strip was 1 1/2" and I cut up the piece 6 1/2". Whatever size paper you are using, when cutting the length of the strips be sure to leave a little bit of wiggle room because you will need it to weave in the final strip.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 6

To begin weaving, hold each paper, folded side down, at a 90 degree angle.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 7

Starting with the upper strip, begin weaving through the strips. Just remember "through".

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 8

Once you are you are ready to weave your final strip, make sure that all of the other woven strips are pushed upwards because you are going to need the "wiggle room" you allowed for when cutting the strips.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 9

Once the final strip is woven, push all of the woven strips down - it just looks better.

Woven Paper Valentine Hearts - 10

The final check - open the heart. If you did it right, your should have a pocket.

The last step is to add a handle. You can cut a strip of paper for the handle, or use some string. I found some cute heart brads, so we attached our handles with those.

Another easy and inexpensive craft - Plaster of Paris hearts. All you need is some Plaster of Paris and a candy mold to make a whole bunch of cute little hearts.


I glued magnets on the back; the kids then painted them and added some little eyes.


We also made our family valentines from the hearts as well.


The kids (mostly Laney) painted the hearts and, I have to say, as much as I love art created by children, these were ugly. Really ugly. I began a bit of a beautification process by adding some silver scrolls and I think that was all they needed. I painted them with a clear coat and a magnet and off they went. I mailed them with a section of egg carton over them, so they would not get damaged - hope it worked!


For the class valentines, Owen decided to pass on the heart crayons and took cherry smelling play-doh. He woke up this morning at his usual time of 5:30am, but he vibrated all the way into our room - he was "so excited about his Valentine's Day party".


Smelly Play-Doh

3 cups white flour
2 packs of Kool-Aid
1 ½ cups salt
1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
3 ¼ cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
In a saucepan mix flour, Kool-Aid, Salt and cream of tartar. Stir in water and oil. Mix Well. Heat over medium –low heat until dough begins to thicken. Continue to stir until it is too thick to stir (the dough will thicken more as it cools). Let dough cool until it can be handled – knead until smooth.

The labels were printed on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" card stock cut into 4 pieces (4.25 x 5.5" each). I have uploaded the card here to make it easier - just download, cut your paper and print.


Initially Spencer wanted to take play-doh as well, but after talking it over we thought maybe stickers would be a better choice for older kids. So, last night I printed some valentines and used some stickers I had from last years post Valentine sale at Target. They came out great and are much more sophisticated than play-doh hearts. These were also printed on the cut up card stock. I don't know about you, but I have a heck of a time cutting them straight if I print all 4 on one sheet. Anyway, the template will work for any of those American Greeting Sticker packs (15 sheets per set). Depending on who is doing the project, you can either tape the stickers on, or make slits with a craft knife.

Happy crafting.


Kat said...

Wow! Those are fabulous! Well done. :)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Thank you SPLANEYO,Versatile artist, Awesome cards,specially thanks to know the way of preparation.Beautiful cards indeed.Wish you n all around the world a great joyful valentine's Day.

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MKHKKH said...

I love the play-doh idea! I am going to steal that for Karlie's B-day gift bags! We did the plaster of paris lady bugs a few years ago. The eyes wouldn't stay on and the girls' paint job was not so attractive. They looked terrible, so I had to "adjust" them a bit to make them at least resemble a lady bug. LOL. St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner so get out your green construction paper:)

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