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.
Large Popsicle sticks
Glue (hot glue, Elmer’s glue, any glue will do… Ha! That totally rhymes.)
Magnet strips (you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store)
Glitter glue pens (optional). You can also use Sharpies.
Assemble your frame by gluing the popsicle sticks into a square with two popsicle sticks on top and bottom
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.
Write l-o-v-e on the bottom corner with either a glitter pen or sharpie. However, usually I gotta have a little glitter.
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!
Well you guys, Valentines day is just a week away! I thought I’d show you what we decided to do for Alisynne’s class this year, crayon heart valentines! These darling hearts turned out even better than I’d expected, and talk about easy. I had all three kiddos involved in this project and they loved it. Emma came bounding down the stairs the very next morning after making these wanting to do another batch! Melted crayon heart valentines are an excellent option for those of you who need to find a non candy valentine. Added bonus – you can get rid of that giant box of broken crayons you’ve got stashed in the closet.
Of course, I couldn’t just stop at the crayons. I had to make a darling printable to go along with it, cause you know, I’m me. Make sure you download it too and have your child (ok, it’ll probably be you) put together some charming valentines.
I cannot stress how easy this is to do. Let’s get right into it.
Silicon Heart Mold
Clear Bags (I bought and used the transparent archival bags that are 3inX4in from Michaels in the party section)
Double Sided Sticky Tape
Peel and break apart a bunch of crayons
Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 mins
Cool and pop out of mold
Put in Baggies and adhere printable with double sided tape on the inside of each flap
TA DA! Come on, how cute did these turn out?! So Cute!
If you find your crayon wrappers are ridiculously hard to get off, simply cut down the middle with a box cutter or exacto knife. Voila, easy peeling!
After you pop out your crayons you may find that some of the wax is still stuck to your silicon mold. Just pop it back into the oven and bake for 2 minutes and wipe with a paper towel while still warm. Super fast cleanup.
Wreaths!! You guys, I absolutely love assembling a beautiful and simple wreath. They add so much pop and festivity to your doors or walls and are fairly simple to assemble (at least this version!). A valentines day wreath is just the ticket if you’re needing a little something more to add some color and adorableness to celebrate the day (or week, or heck, the entire month). Mine is already up.
This particular wreath Ilovebecause it’s incredibly easy to make all the pieces as well as adhere to the grape vines. I’ll walk you through the steps and before you know it you’ll have made a beautiful valentines day masterpiece! Let’s get started shall we?!
Glue gun and glue
Heat ‘N Bond iron on fabric adhesive (optional)
All right! Let’s get cracking.
Cut and assemble felt rosettes. If you need some patterns (they’re totally free!) or a quick tutorial on how to make them click here. I made all three sizes for my wreath.
Place and wire your berries onto your wreath. I like to make a mock up first by placing all my flowers on to get a good visual before I lock my berries in place, but you can totally eyeball it too.
Start gluing your rosette with a hot glue gun. Begin in the center with your largest flowers then continue outward. Don’t be afraid to mix small and large flowers together. They help fill gaps and add dimension and interest.
Wire or glue (depending on what you choose) your accent piece to the opposite side (I found this piece at JoAnne’s and dressed it up a bit).
Add Ribbon (optional). If you need a quick tutorial on how to hang your wreath with ribbon click here and scroll down a bit.
I just love this wreath! My sister came by and made one too. If you need a little help with what to add onto your wreath take a look at what she did!
St. Patrick’s day is headed our way (ok it’s only January, but still…) and I’m thinking something similar in shades of green. What do you think?