Did you make your own valentines as a kid? Or at least get those tear apart character valentines from the store and have to sign each one? And then if you were an obsessive DIYer like me from an early age, you would spend the extra time decorating the envelopes….ok…just me huh…aw-kward!
Well, this year is the first year that we are having to really do the whole Valentine’s Day thing around here. Thinking about how much I loved making, or at least decorating my valentines when I was a kid got me thinking that this would be the perfect way to get my little lady involved. She loves crafts and we spend a lot of time coloring, gluing, and cutting, but not always with a specific project in mind.
So today, I’m heading back in time to when kids made their own valentines. Back to a time before printables (which are really fantastic by the way), and before pinterest bullied me into valentines looking perfect. Today is all about my little girl getting to give out her kid crafted valentines, even if they are a bit wrinkled because she uses way too much glue.
These valentines were inspired by the classic sun catcher art you did as a kid.
You will need: Wax paper, white school glue, a small paint brush, tissue paper (in different shades of reds and pinks,) card stock, scissors, a pencil, and pixie sticks for the arrows.
The first thing we did was make the sun catcher part of the project. My little girl loves doing this part.
Lay out a piece of wax paper and have your little one paint on strips or shapes of tissue paper in all different directions with watered down white glue. (You could use liquid starch, but I could not find it for the life of me.)
It is important to use different colors so you get a stained glass look.
I had my lady make about 3 sheets of this and let them dry over night.
Once the sheets were dry I made a heart template that would be the perfect size to poke my pixie stick through. Then, I traced it onto the back side of our wax paper covered in tissue with the point of a mechanical pencil (without the lead) and cut out each heart.
You will end up with these really pretty sun catcher hearts.
Next you will need to make a second heart template that is about an inch bigger than your sun catcher hearts and use it to cut out hearts from your card stock. Then fold each heart in half and cut out the center leaving a bit over an inch border so that when it lays on the sun catcher heart it covers the edges. (This is how you will glue them together.)
Now for the assembly. I had my little lady paint white glue onto each heart border and then she placed the sun catcher hearts on top, face down. And we let them dry.
This took awhile, but she loved it.
Once they were dry I made 2 small slices in each heart at a diagonal and she helped me slide the pixie sticks in.
While she was gluing before, I had been cutting small triangles for the point of the arrow and feathered chevrons for the fletchings. (I just googled it, it is a real word.)
Finally, she glued the triangles and the fletchings onto each pixie stick and we were done!
She is really excited to give these out to her friends at preschool on Valentine’s Day. She keeps telling her friends that she made a special valentine for each of them and it has a special treat. I like that she is into making things herself and is so proud of her hard work.
There is more where that came from…
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