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I Heart You – A Valentines Craft

19 Feb

I saw this Valentines craft via Martha Stewart way before Pinterest and even before I attempted to be like Pinterest on Evernote.  This was discovered when I used to print out ideas and put them in binders.  Anyone do that anymore?  Or is that a thing of the past?  Either way, I still have my binders.  Not near as full as I’ve weeded out the “what did I like about this” pages but this ideas has always resurfaced.

Anyway, now that I have a kids, a whole new world of crafting has come to life.  It may end up being about the process and materials than what we actually make but I’m ok with that.  The girls (well Miss Banana more so) enjoy it and I like to channel my inner child.  So we busted out the crayons and wax paper and went to town.  Now Martha’s Crayon Hearts are the perfect transparency and shades of Valentines pinks, purples and oranges.  Very lovely and in my perfect crafting world, would be what I wanted to achieve.  But realistically, I have a 4 year old ready to dive in with saturated color.  So here’s our spin on crayon hearts.

Crayon Heart Valentine Craft:

Supplies:

– Crayons in Valentine shades (or not for any other time of year!)

– Sharpener (probably not of the electric kind)

– Iron

– String

– Scissors

– Paper Bag

– Hole punch

Not shown: Sharpie and heart shaped cookie cutter

Get Craftin’:

1.  I chose crayons in different purples, reds, pinks and a few non-traditional colors of yellow and orange.  Most of them still had paper on them but you can certainly us broken crayons for this project!  Start peeling the paper and sharpening them over a plate (insert pretty pictures of crayon shavings and a little helper).

2.  Rip a piece of wax paper to about 18″ and fold in half.  Keep the shavings to one side of the paper.

3.  Fold the empty side of the paper over your pretty sprinkles.  Carefully transport to your ironing board.

4.  For me, I put down a bath towel on the dining room table to iron on.  Then layered the brown paper bag, folded wax paper and paper bag.  Set the temp on the iron to low/medium.  Once the iron is ready, run the iron over the bag a little and check how the crayons are melting.  Repeat this process until you get your desired look.  On one I melted it a little more than I wanted but it’s crafting after all!

5.  I initially was going to freehand hearts for us to cut, then I thought, nahh…. Lets make this more uniform this time.  I was channeling my left brain I suppose.  I busted out a couple heart cookies cutters and a black sharpie and started tracing.

6.  Gave the wee one a scissors and we got to cutting.  Once they were all cut out, I punched holes in the top and strung them with red bakers twine I had on hand.

7.  I had plans to make a string for each of our front windows, but this project was a bit intensive and decided to do it for just one window.  I think they turned out great and had so many compliments on them!  Make a banner for a holiday or any day or change it up all together and cut out your kids name.  This can be anything you want it to be.

Don’t forget, it could just be about the process or using the materials.  The kids can peel the paper off the crayons, make shavings, feel the shavings, work on their cutting skills and stringing the shapes.  All great things for the kiddos.  So have fun and enjoy!

 

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