Valentine’s Day

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Here’s How You Do It: Wrap yarn around wooden letters (can get them at any craft, art, or fabric store) and stack letters anywhere!

 

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Paper hearts and red and natural-striped burlap ribbon make a simple (and inexpensive) banner

 

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Here’s How You Do It: Cut out 6″x6″ paper squares (I used craft cool) and 5″x5″ red card stock squares.  Make a heart template and cut out all hearts. Then punch holes in the top of each heart, string the ribbon through each heart, and hang in a place that makes you happy.  Easiest and cutest Valentine’s craft!

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Homemade heart crayons-perfect use for all of those little pieces that get left at the bottom of the pencil box! We keep a little bucket in the kids’ study so they can throw their crayon scraps somewhere. We use the scraps to make new crayons in fun shapes and sizes

Here’s how you do it:

Get an oven-safe silicone mold (it has to be silicone because the flexibility of the mold will allow for easy removal of the crayon). Score the crayons lengthwise with a razor blade, making sure to cut all the way through the paper. Obviously this is an adult-only task! Find some children who will willingly undress the crayons and then break them into pieces (no need to regulate this-chaos is best in this case and lets them feel like they are really getting away with some destruction). Have your little Picasso(s) place the pieces of the crayons in the mold (again, the more random the better if you are going for the tie-dyed look).  If you want solid-colored crayons, then place only one color in each mold.  I LOVE the idea of mixing some tie-dyed shapes with solid colors,like tie-dyed hearts with solid stars-very cute indeed! Put the silicone mold on a cookie sheet for stability and bake in a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until the crayons are liquefied. Remove from the oven and wait for them to set up. Pop them out of the mold, package them in something cute, and give them to some lucky kids!   I have given these cuties individually, as part of a set in a little box or fabric pouch, or tied to a fabric-covered notebook. Any way they are presented, they are sure to be a big hit (and sugar-free!)

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Zippered pouch, heart crayons, and fabric-covered notebook make the perfect little gift. The pouch is a carrying case for the crayons, so it’s perfectly practical, too!

Packaging ideas:   * Put them in a small metal pail and attach a handmade coloring book -if you have a piece of cardstock/construction paper, some printer paper, and a stapler, then you can definitely make this!   *Get a small candy box and line them up in neat little rows and make a cute label for the front of the box   * Put them in a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon and a card   *Put the crayons in a zippered pouch and attach to an artist smock and sketch pad for the budding artist. heart.crayons.1

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