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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day Crafts for the Kids

Potato Heart Stamp

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock or paper
  • paint
  • potato
  • heart shaped cookie cutter
  • small pairing knife 
How to make it: 

  1. Cut your potato in half near (wide side) 
  2. Using your heart shaped cookie cutter, insert it into the potato until the top is flush with the flat end of the potato
  3. Have an adult cut into the potato about 1/4 of an inch cutting all the way around the potato until the waste is easily removed. 
  4. Dip your potato in paint and VOILA! a potato stamp
Heart Shaped BIrd Feeder

What you'll need:

(Makes approximately 20)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • large mixing bowl
  • heart shaped cookie cutter
  • nonstick spray
  • chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole in the ornament
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet
  • jute or raffia
How to make it:
  1. Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.
  2. Spray the inside of a heart cookie cutter with vegetable cooking spray. 
  3. Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly with greased fingers. 
  4. Using a chopstick or bamboo skewer, make a hole near the top of the heart.
  5. Carefully pull cookie cutter away from birdseed heart.  Repeat until all the mixture is used up. 
  6. Let dry 6-8 hours.  Cut 10-12 inches of jute for each heart. String jute through heart. Hang for birds.

Love Poster

What you'll need:
  • Square Paper
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • little hands and feet
How to make it:
  1. Paint your child's right hand, cover it completely and place it face down on the right corner of the paper
  2. Paint both of your child's feet (one at a time if you like) place them face down in the shape of a heart on the bottom left corner
  3. Take the paint brush and write a letter L and E in the corresponding corners.
  4. Frame if you like with a different colour paper.

Marshmallow Pops

What you'll need:
  • Marshmallows
  • Cake pop sticks
  • White chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Muffin tray
  • Double boiler
How to make it:
  1. Place all marshmallows on cake pop sticks
  2. Melt white chocolate in double boiler
  3. Place different types of sprinkles in a muffin tray
  4. Dip the marshmallow on the stick into the chocolate and then dip them in the sprinkles
  5. Allow to dry and enjoy!
Valentine Finger Puppet

What you'll need:
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Whole punch
  • Google eyes
  • Markers

How to make it:

  1. Cut a heart from colored card stock or heavy construction paper 
  2. Punch a starter hole for each finger with a hole punch, then use scissors to enlarge the circle; a child's fingers should fit snugly through the holes.
  3. Decorate the heart with a paint pen or marker, hair, nose, mouth etc. Glue on googly eyes.

Heart streamers

What you'll need:
  • Construction paper
  • ribbon 
  • Glue
  • Scissors
How to make it:
  1. Cut out long skinny strips from the construction paper
  2. Fold each strip in half and use the fold for the point of the heart, curl the ends in to the shape of a heart. Glue the ends together. Repeat as many times as you like.
  3. Use the riboon to tie each heart together. String up to decorate your party.

Valentine's Day Hat

What you'll need:
  • Constuction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pen or pencil
How to make it:
  1. Cut a long piece of construction paper to fit around the child's head. Staple together
  2. Curl the pipe cleaners around a pen or pencil
  3. Cut out two small hearts and glue them to the end of the pipe cleaners
  4. Staple the other end of the pipe cleaner to the headband to they stick up like antennas
  5. Take pieces of tissue paper and crumple into balls and glue to headband.

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