2.12.2012

Valentine's Day Craft Roundup!!






Here are a few last minute ideas for V-Day handouts!







Give a valentine a piece of your heart with this clever pin made from old jigsaw puzzle pieces.
Materials
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Red spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Pin backing (available at craft stores)
Instructions
  1. Place 20 to 25 old jigsaw puzzle pieces, excluding the straight-edged border pieces, on newspaper and spray-paint them red (brush-applied paint will also work).
  2. Let the pieces dry thoroughly before gluing them into a heart shape. Use only as many as you need; each heart will look different.
  3. Glue on a pin back and present it to your true love.
Variations:
Glue on magnetic backing to create a sweet magnet.



Materials
  • Red and green construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipop
  • Glue stick
Instructions
  1. From red construction paper, cut out a heart that's just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper.
  2. For the leaves, fold the green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam.
  3. Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire inside surface with glue, and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure.
Tips:
If you use cardboard templates, one child can trace and cut hearts while another works on the leaves.
Variations:
Make cardboard templates of the hearts and leaves.



Materials
  • Crayon pieces
  • Heart-shaped metal cookie or muffin tin (our hearts are about 1 1/2 inches across)
  • Scrap paper
  • Double-sided foam mounting tape
  • Scissors
  • Colored card stock
  • Marker
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 250°.
  2. Crayon Hearts - Step 2
     Fill each mold with crayon pieces and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips.
  3. Crayon Hearts - Step 3
     Once they're cool, remove the hearts from the molds and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper.
  4. Use small pieces of foam tape to stick each heart to a 3-inch circle cut from card stock -- or use our template, then add your message.

    Suggested messages:
    You color my world
    Valentine, you make my heart melt
    Have a happy Valentine's Day, for "crayon" out loud!






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