Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

A simple DIY toddler project for Valentines Day!

A while back I was charged with the love and care of several little ones every Sunday while their parents attended various classes.  I absolutely adore my littles and, as you guys probably already know, I love figuring out little projects for them to take home, especially during holidays. So, For Valentine’s Day I decided to put together little popsicle stick frames they could decorate with stickers. I mean honestly, what toddler doesn’t love stickers?! I must say, it was a smashing hit. Not only were they covered in sweet valentine stickers, but so were their frames. Plus clean up was a snap, which is always a major bonus when dealing with toddlers.

Even my six year old enjoyed making one, or four. Now my fridge is super festive with their latest creations and I love it. Who says crafts have to be complicated? Bring on the simple!

Let me show you how I set things up.

Supplies:

  1. Large Popsicle sticks
  2. Glue (hot glue, Elmer’s glue, any glue will do… Ha! That totally rhymes.)
  3. Magnet strips (you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store)
  4. Valentines Stickers
  5. Glitter glue pens (optional). You can also use Sharpies.

How To:

  1. Assemble your frame by gluing the popsicle sticks into a square with two popsicle sticks on top and bottom                                  
  2. Depending on what magnetic strips you bought, it may already have an adhesive backing. If so, peel and stick the magnet to the back. Or glue it.                         
  3. Write l-o-v-e on the bottom corner with either a glitter pen or sharpie.  However, usually I gotta have a little glitter.                             
  4. Let littles go to town with stickers!

I mean honestly, does it get any easier? A little prep work gluing the popsicle sticks is all you need. Also, these would make a fun non candy Valentine if you feel the urge to glue…a lot. Plus, now you have fridge art. If you’re anything like me, my fridge is super full of astounding works of art already, but hey, now they’re framed!

If you want another great idea for a simple valentine, try these Melted Heart Crayon Valentines. They come with a free printable, because I love you.

Toddler Turkey Plate Craft

Toddler Turkey Plate Craft

I was perusing Pinterest the other day in search of a fun and simple craft for an adorably cute and rambunctious group of toddlers I teach every sunday. I can’t  help myself. Whenever there’s a holiday lurking my crafty senses start tingling and I’ve just gotta glue something. Or, at the very least, help tiny people glue something. There were so many fantastic ideas, but I opted to go for the classic paper plate turkey!

This project is so simple and with little mess to contend with (which is a huge bonus when working with 8 or so tiny humans) it marks this one as a winner. After I had gathered and cut all my supplies my girls went to work. Emma has already made three of these adorable toddler turkey plates.

So, here’s what you’ll need: Turkey plate supplies

  1. Small to medium paper plate. ( I used small)
  2. Elmers glue
  3. Sponge brush
  4. Paper (orange, brown, and whatever you have handy for the bows)
  5. Tissue paper in an array of colors
  6. Googly eyes

Directions: Prep Work

  1. Cut out your feathers using the tissue paper. I used  This template from patternuniverse.com, but you can easily find a different one if you’d like. It’s easy to cut a bunch feathers at once by folding your tissue paper in half, then half again,and once more if it’ll let you.
  2. Cut out your bows and assemble. There is a great little blog called All About Orange (it’s been retired, but still darling) that teaches you how to make a paper bow. Click Here for the link and the free printout. I should also note that the bow template is for a large bow. I simply printed it out then shrank it down with my scanner by 50%.
  3. Cut your Turkey body and head. I used brown paper bags I had on hand which is a great and cheap alternative to cardstock. For my templates I used a bottle to trace for the head and a small bowl for the body.
  4. Cut the beaks. You can do a simple triangle if you’d prefer. I wanted to do the open mouth look so I folded my orange cardstock in half and cut two sides of the triangle along the fold. Easy peasy.

Directions: Assemble

  1. And now for the fun part! Gather you little one(s) and your supplies. Have your toddler brush glue over their plate. It doesn’t matter if they get the entire thing covered.

glue Turkey plate    2.Place feathers first.

glue feathers

3.  Then add body and face.

glue body and face

4.  Last, but not least place your bow!

boy turkey

Voila! A little prep work goes a long way with these cute toddler turkey plate crafts. Now all you need is a great place to display their artwork while you and your guests revel in the delights of your thanksgiving feast.

turkeys

Toddler Turkey plate