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tutorial: hugs, kisses and hearts valentine banner

A quick, easy Valentine craft for all ages.
felt heart garlandWe were blessed with a winter storm last night blanketing everything with fresh sparkly powder. I couldn’t help myself but to bundle up and trudge out into the chill for a photo or two of valentine project fun. The neighbor kids hiked over, paused to watch me take pictures then asked if they could have the banners when I was done, that’s a good sign, eh?

felt hearts xoYou could really make the piece of the banner in any size. My hearts, X’s and O’s were roughly 4″ tall, but they would be darling a little smaller too. Make a few different sizes and shapes of heart patterns. Cut out hearts in various colors of felt in reds, purples, pinks, maybe even orange too. Cut out X’s and O’s from white felt. The hearts were easiest to cut out when folded in half, the letters were easier to just cut out flat.

line up hearts

Line up hearts and letters in a color order you like. I decided 6 hearts then XO, 6 hearts then XO for my pattern.

sew across felt hearts

Sew across the wide part of the heart, top 1/3 of X and O. I chose bright orange thread- just for fun. It’s very secondary and won’t be noticed but when studied at close range.

hearts sewn together

All sewn together, side by side, with the smallest gaps possible in between.

close up hearts

Hang them up where ever, inside or out!

felt heart banner

 

tutorial: felt heart magnets

sequined felt heat magnetsFor Valentine’s Day or any day you want to share some love!

You will need:
Various colors of felt, use up small scraps if you have them.
Scissors
Glue gun
Sequins
Beads
Magnets

felt scrapsStart with a bag of various colored scraps of felt or purchase squares of felt, in colors you love from your local fabric or craft store.

cutting felt hearts As I cut up hearts, I found it was easier to cut out the smallest heart first then use it as a guide when cutting the other colors of felt to go behind it.

felt heartsAfter about an hour or so of cutting, I had used up lots of tiny scraps of felt and had quite a few heart stacks. Experiment with various color combinations.

sewing on sequinsYou can glue on the sequins but I think it’s a lot easier to sew them on- less messy glue gun web and burned fingers but, if you’re skilled with the hot glue gun it’s definitely an option here. When stacking sequins, use a bead at the top to hold all the sequins in place. Bring the needle up through the sequins and bead then past the bead and back through the sequins and felt.

On a few of the hearts, I tacked down the edges with a thread or embroidery floss whip stitch. I like the embroidered look but couldn’t help still adding a little sparkle every time.

make felt magnetsMagnets (like the one’s pictured here) can be purchased at craft store (maybe even hardware stores too) in various sizes and strengths. Make sure you get the strongest magnets, nobody like precious papers and pictures falling off the fridge when you breeze past.

sequined felt magnetsThe sky’s the limit on design, experiment with colors, beads, and shape of sequins. You could even use buttons.

stacked felt heartsFor a equally charming, simpler look, leave off the sequins and just hot glue or sew the felt into place.

Good luck and enjoy!

rock painting is for everyone

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us. School is winding down and all the youngsters will soon be unengaged, shuffling about and looking for something to do. Keep their brains  and hands (and your own) occupied with the super simple and affordable activity- rock painting.
Who: Everyone who can hold a paintbrush (sorry cats and dogs- you just get to model).
What: Painting your dreams into realities and special keepsakes.
Where: The beach, the forest, your backyard, at a birthday party, at camp, in a van down by the river…
When: Any time, probably outdoors- unless it’s raining.
Why: Because it’s fun and you might learn a lot about someone by what they think up to paint onto a rock.
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source   Graffiti art rock- left behind to elicit smiles.


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source Or keep it simple with some glue and a handful of glitter.