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DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Wand for Kids


There’s love and magic in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones by creating a magical Valentine’s Day wand! This project is great for children’s parties or craft time in the classroom!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Dowel
Wooden bead
Ric rac trim
Ribbon (pink and red)
Pom poms
Heart stickers
Foam Stickers
Floral embellishments
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut 2-foot pieces of your ribbons and ric rac trim.


2. Attach foam stickers, pompoms, floral embellishments and heart stickers along the center of the ribbons.

3. Grab the center of your decorated ribbons and use hot glue to attach them to the top of your dowel. Alternate ribbon placement to create a nice and full look.

4. Slide a wooden bead onto your dowel, over the top of the ribbons.

5. Complete your wand by gluing a heart embellishment to the front of the wooden bead.

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Quick and Easy ‘BE MINE’ Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial


No cutting. No gluing. No mess. This banner is quick and easy to make, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day decoration for your party or classroom!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Alphabet stickers
Ribbon
Banner pieces
Heart stickers

Things to do:
1. Decorate three banner pieces with heart stickers. These will be placed at the beginning, end, and center of your banner.


2. Gather the alphabet stickers you need to spell “BE MINE” and stick one letter on each piece of your banner.

3. String your banner pieces on a long piece of ribbon.

4. To finish, knot the ends. Voila!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Kiss Diamond Rings


These sweet treat candy rings only take a few minutes to make and are a great project to do with younger children, as they require no scissors or hot glue! Grab your pipe cleaners and favorite chocolate candies and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Candy kisses

Things to do:
1. Lay your pipe cleaners in an “x” shape.


2. Place the candy kiss in the center.

3. Pull the pipe cleaners up around the sides of the candy kiss.

4. Twist them tightly to hold the candy in place.

5. Separate the pipe cleaners so there are two on each side. Hold the candy on the top of your finger and twist the pipe cleaners around your finger before wrapping them beneath the candy to secure the shape.

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DIY Love Bug Valentine Pencil Critters


These adorable Valentine Pencil Critters make a great holiday favor or craft project for kids! All you need is a few simple materials for an afternoon of fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pliers
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Pom poms
Permanent marker
Bakers twine
Paper heart tags
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach two google eyes and a small pompom to the front of your large pompom, creating a face.



2. Separate the bottom of the pompom and use hot glue to attach a pipe cleaner.

3. Cut two two-inch pieces of pipe cleaner and roll the ends to create a pair of antennas.


4. Attach the antennas to the top of the pompom with hot glue.

5. Wrap the bottom pipe cleaner around the top of your pencil.

6. Complete your pencil critter by writing a note on your heart tag and attaching it to the pencil with string.

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DIY Doily Heart Tote Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Iron and ironing board
Grid ruler
White canvas tote
Red heart crochet doily
Embroidery needle
Red embroidery thread
Scrap fabric
Marking tool such as disappearing ink marker
Scissors
Sewing pins

Things to do:
1. Using the iron, iron the tote and the scrap fabric to remove any wrinkles.

2. Next we’ll center the doily on the scrap fabric, marking a seam allowance as follows: Using the marking tool, mark 1″ from the edge of the scrap fabric. Place the doily on the scrap fabric, lining up the edge of the doily with the mark on the fabric. Mark where the widest edges of the doily are, then mark where the topmost edges and bottom of the doily are. Mark 1″ from these marks.

3. Cut a long length of embroidery floss, then split in in half so that you have two separate strands. Thread one of the strands through the embroidery needle.

4. Tie a knot at the end of the embroidery floss, then tack the edges of the heart in several spots to secure it to the fabric. We suggest tacking the heart in 5-7 places.

5. Mark a square on the tote that’s 1/2 ” smaller than the scrap of fabric.

6. Cut out the marked square from the center. Be sure you’re only cutting one side of the tote. To start the cut, fold the fabric in the center and snip it with your scissors.

7. Slide the doily fabric square inside the tote.

8. Using sewing pins, pin the square in place, making sure the square is centered. If you’re not sure, you can use a ruler to measure the seam allowance all the way around the edge; it should be 1/2 “.

9. Thread another length of embroidery thread, then knot the tail. Begin stitching around the square, making your stitches as even and as evenly spaced as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

10. Continue stitching until you have stitched around the entire square. Cut the floss and knot it on the inside of the tote.

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Make a Felt Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Heart cookie cutter
Tracing tool
Assorted felt colors
Bakers twine
Scissors
Sewing needle
Pinking shears (optional)
Toy stuffing
12″-long dowel

Things to do:
1. Place the cookie cutter on a sheet of felt. Using a marking tool, trace around the outside of the cookie cutter.

2. Using pinking shears, cut out the heart. (You can also just use scissors here for a straight-edged heart.)

3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have a total of eight hearts.

4. Thread your sewing needle with a length of baker’s twine that’s about 23″ long. Tie a knot in the end, then thread the needle through one of the felt hearts.

5. Layer another heart on top, then begin sewing around the edge of the heart. Try to maintain the same distance from the stitches to the heart edge. Tip: If you are having problems getting the twine to go through the layers, you can split the twine in half to make it thinner.

6. Continue sewing around the heart until you reach about 2″ before the first stitch you made.

7. Using the toy stuffing, stuff the heart until it is full.

8. Press the edges of the heart together, then stitch the heart closed. Knot the twine on the inside of the heart to secure it, then trim the twine.

9. Cut another length of twine, then thread it through the center of the heart, knotting the end to secure it.

10. Repeat steps 4-9 for each heart. You should have a total of four hearts.
11. Tie each heart to the dowel, tying them at different lengths so that they don’t get tangled when you hang them.

12. Cut another 23″-long piece of twine, then tie the twine around each end of the dowel.

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How to Make a Heart String Wall Hanging

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Three 1/2 ” dowels, 12″ long
Gray braided macrame cord
Red braided macrame cord
Scissors
Pencil or pen
Newspaper or other large scrap paper
Painter’s tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Cut macrame cord into the following lengths:
22 lengths of 54″-long gray
22 lengths of 54″ long red
22 lengths of 23″-long gray

2. Using the 54″-long gray cords and one dowel, fold the cord in half. Place the cord under the dowel, forming a loop at the top about 1/2 ” from the edge of the dowel.

3. Insert the yarn tails through the loop.

4. Tug the yarn tails to tighten the rope around the dowel.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining lengths of 54″-long gray cord. Set that dowel aside.

6. Using the 54″-long red cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a second dowel.

7. Using the 23″-long gray cords, repeat steps 2-5 to complete a third and final dowel.

8 Stack the three sets of dowels with the long gray strands on the bottom, the red strands in the middle, and the short gray strands on top. Tie a 23″-long strand of gray cord around all three dowels.

9. Tie the other end of the gray cord around the opposite end, again tying all three dowels together.

10. Create a heart template as follows: Use a ruler and marking tool to mark the center point of a piece of newspaper or other large scrap paper.

11. Draw a heart shape on the paper, keeping the center point in mind as you draw the top and bottom points of the heart. Try to draw a heart that’s as wide as your wall hanging.

12. Cut out the heart template. Place it over the cords, leaving a few inches of gray cord at the top and a few inches of red cord at the bottom. Be sure the template isn’t longer than the long red and gray cords. If it is, adjust it.

Tip: If you’d like you can use painter’s tape to attach the template securely to the cords. This might make it easier to cut the cords in the next step.

13. With the template on top of the cords, begin cutting the short gray cords in the shape of the top of the heart. Be sure you do not cut any of the long red or gray cords; you only want to cut the short gray cords.

14. Remove the heart template and trim the cords to make them neat and even. You may find it easier to hang the piece, then trim it so that the cords aren’t moving around as much.

15. Place the template on top of the cords again, matching the top with the cut gray cords. Using the template as a guide, cut the red cords to match the bottom of the heart.

16. Remove the template and trim the red cords so that they are at a straight angle on both sides.

17. Trim the bottom pieces of the long gray cords so that they are even. Hang your piece!

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Rolled Felt Heart Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Circle template such as a coaster
Felt
Scissors
Unfinished wood pallet canvas
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Place the circle template onto the felt. (Note that the larger your round object is, the larger the flower will be.) Using a pen or other tracing tool, trace a circle onto the felt.

2. Cut out the circle using scissors.

3. Begin cutting the circle into a spiral by first clipping the edge of the circle.

4. Make your way around the entire circle, cutting as you turn the felt.

5. When you reach the center of the felt, stop cutting, leaving a small circle in the center. You should now have one spiral all the way around the circle of felt.

6. Starting on the outside edge of the spiral, begin tightly rolling the felt, keeping the bottom layers even as you roll.

7. After you’ve rolled an inch or two, pause to place a dot of hot glue on the flower.

8. Continue rolling until the entire flower is rolled up. Place a dot of hot glue on the outside of the flower, then glue the outermost layer of the flower to the glue, leaving the small center circle free.

9. Place a dot of glue onto the bottom of the flower where all the layers meet. Grab the center circle.

10. Press the center circle over onto the bottom of the flower.

11. Repeat steps 1-10 to make several flowers. We made a total of 18 flowers but only used 16. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough; you can always make more if you need them.

12. Place the wood pallet canvas on your work surface, then plan out your heart-shaped design. We outlined the heart in the same color, then filled the center with the other two colors.

13. Once you’re happy with your design, begin hot gluing the flowers one at a time to the pallet until each flower has been attached. Hang your pallet or just display it on a table.

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Tissue Paper Heart Votive Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes, plus time for drying
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Lavender tissue paper
Violet purple tissue paper
Mod Podge
Translucent pink mason jar
Foam brush
Scissors
Heart cookie cutter
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Fold the tissue paper so that you’ll be able to trace several layers at once.

2. Place the heart cookie cutter at the top of the layered tissue paper, then use a pencil to trace the heart.

3. Repeat step 2, tracing a total of three hearts onto the tissue.

4. Use scissors to cut out each heart, cutting through all the layers at the same time.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 with as many colors of tissue as you plan to use.

6. Peel apart the tissue hearts. Place one heart anywhere you’d like on the jar.

7. Hold the heart in place as you use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the heart.

8. Apply the Mod Podge until you have covered the entire surface of the heart.

9. Add a second heart anywhere you’d like on the jar. You can layer hearts on top of each other like we did, or you can place them in neat rows around the jar. It’s up to you! Tip: As you apply the hearts, be sure your foam brush is moist. If the brush is too dry, it may rip the heart as you brush it.

10. Continue to add hearts until you’ve covered the jar or until you’re happy with your design. Allow the hearts to dry for 24 hours, then add anything you’d like to the jar such as a candle or a bouquet of your favorite flowers.

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DIY Doily Heart Garland Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes (or more depending on the number of doilies used) plus 24 hours for drying
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Doily hearts
Straight pins
Foam mat
Plastic wrap
Foam brush
Jute twine
Scissors
Fabric stiffener

Things to do:
1. Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap that’s slightly larger than the doily.

2. Place the doily on the plastic wrap sheet. Using the fabric stiffener and foam brush, apply stiffener all over the doily. Be sure the entire surface is covered, especially the edges.

3. If you do not feel like the foam brush sufficiently covered the doily, you can add fabric stiffener straight from the bottle, then fold the plastic wrap and doily in half, using your fingers to apply the stiffener. (If you are not afraid of getting messy, you can also do this with your hands.)

4. Place the plastic wrap on top of your foam mat.

5. Begin placing straight pins around the edges of the doily, stretching out the edges as you pin to make sure the doily is laying flat.

6. Continue to pin around the edges of the doily, especially around the curves. Repeat steps 1-6 for each doily you plan to use for your garland. Allow 24 hours for the doilies to dry.

7. When the doilies are dry, peel each one carefully from the plastic wrap. Discard the plastic wrap.


8. Cut a length of twine that’s the length you’d like your garland to be.

9. Insert the twine from front to back through any hole in the doily edge.

10. String the twine along the back of the doily, then bring it from back to front through the corresponding hole on the other side of the doily. Threading the twine through the same hole on the other side to ensures it hangs straight across the twine from side to side.

11. Repeat steps 9-10 for each doily on the garland. When you’re finished, hang the garland and feel the love!

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