Let’s get V-day crafty! Sooo, it’s that time of year again when all the reds, purples, whites, pinks (blah, blah, blah) colors make their abrupt appearance onto my tables (notice ‘tables’ is plural?). Ahhh, yes, crafty love is in the air – and the table and floor and on doors and in the living room and windows…at least at my house anyways.
When it comes to kids, there’s a difference between independence and letting them ‘run the show’. I used to offer suggestions all the time when the kids would create things. Not so much anymore. I’m not saying that my suggestions were outta line or made my kids dependent on my opinion, no. I’m just saying that there’s a learning curve that allows them to create handmade for themselves (from beginning to end). It creates a self-trust and a unique vision of “I really like what I made” or on the contrary “this Valentine card I just made sucks”. Either way I just let them think what they are going to think because their brains need to think on their own to build brain muscle (okay, so maybe I made that up, but you get the jist, right?). And sometimes it’s okay to simply give a crappy looking Valentine card.
The Perfect Shaped Hearts
How hard can it be to get the perfect shaped hearts?…in my book, hard. Drawing free hand and using some tried and true techniques from childhood, it still took me way too long to get it just right (it’s probaby the perfectionist in me – who me?….nah! okay fine.). I used the perfect heart shapes that I created, like a million years ago, to cut out fabric and make fun little hanging hearts. I hang theses lovely, soft, stuffed hanging hearts all over my house, from bedroom door knobs to shelves in the kitchen. They are little reminders about the specials in my life and they also make great gifts! Some of the hearts hang out all year round. I only made a few this year and there’s a handful left in the shop right here!
Hmmmm, so how else can we use the perfect shaped hearts to get our crafty on?…. let’s find out!
Whether your crafting with grandkids or your own kids, students or your friends, it’s fun to see what others will create. Yes, I’ll be buried in piles of pink and red hearts and suckers and pencils and I promise to just smile at everything my kids create…pinky promise.
I know I have some “handmade is best” gurus out there (you know who you are). So why not get your handmade creative game on with me! To get you started enjoy a free printable of my perfect shaped hearts.
The possiblities are infinite and I’m sure you will come up with some amazing ideas! Here’s some I just thought of to get ya started. Oh, and these are sooo kid-friendly craft ideas, too! The photo above is my plethora of supplies to get me started this weekend.
heart bunting – use pretty card stock, punch two holes on each end of hearts and loop twine through holes and hang
a card for your sweetie or class – just fold card stock paper in half punch holes and stick a pencil thru
tissue paper window art – cut them out of different colored tissue paper and tape to window
fabric placements for candies on your dining table center piece – no sewing required!
felt hearts placed in a vintage frame – sew a button in the middle of each for extra credit
make a mobile – cut out pretty cardstock and glue wrong sides together punch hole on top and hang from light
If the Valentine’s Day spirit sweetens your weekend, take a photo of how you used your heart shapes and reply to this message. Until next time happy handmade crafting weekend!
Bound to be…. handmade,