Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Old-Fashioned Candy "Milkshakes


Old-Fashioned Candy "Milkshakes".




 
 
 
These were so much fun to make and, if you don't super glue M&Ms to yourself and/or buy the wrong size foam ball the first time around, can be put together in less than ten minutes. I'm serious! They're perfect for Valentine's Day, birthday parties, last-minute festive centerpieces or gift-giving... or for absolutely no reason  at all.

Let's do this! 

Old-Fashioned Candy "Milkshakes" 

An ice cream sundae glass 
M&Ms
1 (4-inch, 4 7/8-inch, or 5-inch) white foam ball, cut in half with a sharp knife
Glue dots or a hot glue gun
A straw
Salt water taffy
1 red heart-shaped or round candy (like milk chocolate Lindt balls) for the "cherry" on top

Fill ice cream glass with M&Ms. Eat a handful. You deserve it. 
Cut foam ball in half. Set on top, securing to the rim using glue dots or a hot glue gun if you must. 
I really do recommend using glue dots for a less messy, super easy and low-stress experience. My first attempt at making these ended up with liquid glue dripping into the M&Ms and it was awkward for everybody. I found these clear adhesive 3D dots at Michael's... 
And they pretty much saved my life. 
See? Four dots. That's all you need. No need to go bananas here. 

Plop the fake ice cream on top. Press down lightly to anchor it to the glass. 
Gently poke your straw through the foam (P.S. Heart-shaped straws. Walmart. $.97)... 
... then hot glue or glue dot taffy all over the place (I used glue dots for this part too)! 
I found these Valentine's-colored taffy at Trader Joes. They were festive. I was into it.
Glue a red heart-shaped or round candy on top and look! 
You made a milkshake. 

It's magic, how crafty you are. 

Make someone's day this Valentine's weekend with a candy milkshake... then celebrate with a real milkshake. It's the best thing to do in these situations

Lollipop Bouquet

 I’m calling this sweet tree a Lollipop Bouquet. While scouting for supplies, I found the perfect Valentine Tootsie Roll® Pops at WalMart and rose stems at the dollar store. Whether you make the Lollipop Bouquet for a classroom party or to add a little Valentine’s Day decor to your home, I hope you’ll give it a try.
Valentine's Day Lollipop Bouquet. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
This is fun for Valentine's Day -- a Lollipop Bouquet. CraftsnCoffee.com.
The Lollipop Bouquet makes a great gift idea, too.
To make a Lollipop Bouquet, you’ll need:
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball
  • Terra cotta pot large enough to hold the ball (mine measured 4-1/2” across the top)
  • Paint for the pot (I used Krylon® ColorMaster™ in Tomato and Glitter Blast in Cherry Bomb)
  • Tootsie Roll® Valentine Pops Dum Dum Pops (two boxes or about 50 total)
  • Red roses, five – six bunches, or 40 – 50 blooms
  • Paper doily, 10” dia.
  • Tools needed: Scissors; newspaper; wire knippers
Materials for a Valentine's Day Lollipop Bouquet.
You’ll need two boxes of Tootsie Roll Pops, and I found mine at WalMart. Depending on the number of roses on each stem, you’ll need five – six stems of roses.

To make a Lollipop Bouquet:

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper, and paint your pot. I first painted mine red, and then added a top coat of Krylon Glitter Blast. Let paint dry.
2. Place the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the pot. Insert a ring of Tootsie Pops around the ball where it meets the pot.
3. Deconstruct your roses. Use wire knippers, if needed, to cut away the stems, and then pull apart the layers of petals. I used three layers of petals for each lollipop rose.
How to make the prettiest lollipop roses for a Lollipop Bouquet. CraftsnCoffee.com.
You’ll take apart the roses and cut a small “x” in the center of each layer of petals.
4. Cut a small “x” in the center of each petal layer so the opening is wider and the wrapped lollipop will fit. Starting with the smallest layer, slip the petals onto the lollipop stick. Insert the lollipop rose into the foam ball.
How to make a Lollipop Bouquet for Valentine's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.
By cutting a small “x” in each layer of petals, the petals will slip over the lollipop wrapper.
These Lollipop Roses are so pretty and super-easy. CraftsnCoffee.com
Easy and pretty!
5. Cover the ball with roses. If there are gaps, adjust the roses, fluff the petals, and fill in with rose buds.
Easy, Lollipop Bouquet for Valentine's Day. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
As you arrange the Lollipop Roses, fluff the petals to fill in the space. If there are any bare spots when you’re finished, use the silk rose buds to fill in the gaps.
6. Remove the ball, center the doily on the pot, and place the ball back in place.
Kids love this easy, Valentine's Day centerpiece. Kids love it! CraftsnCoffee.com
The Valentine Bouquet is a dessert and a decoration (and it’s easy).
I really love this one – it’s easy, pretty and yummy!
I found this on: http://craftsncoffee.com/2014/01/24/valentine-craft-a-valentine-lollipop-tree-dressed-up-as-a-lollipop-bouquet/

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Love Bug

Materials
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Egg, 3-7/8"
  • Balls: 2-1/2"; 1-1/2"; three 1"
  • Scrap, 1" x 3" or similar size
Other Materials
  • Acrylic craft paint, bright rose
  • Fabric, 7" x 18", heart pattern
  • Fusible web, 7" x 9"
  • Dimensional glitter paint OR glitter glue
  • Chenille stems, 4, violet
  • Ribbon, 3/4" x 8", violet
  • Pompom, 1/2", pink
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/4", oval
  • Felt or craft foam, pink, scrap

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpicks
  • Wooden skewer, chopstick, or other pointed tool
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

  • 1. Wax knife blade with old candle. Cut small slice from wide endof egg so it will stand. Twist 2-1/2" ball against narrow end ofegg until they fit together tightly; glue together with low temperature glue.
  • 2. Cut 1-1/2" ball in half. Place flat side on face and twistuntil it fits snuggly; repeat with other half ball. Glue cheeks in place.
  • 3. Insert skewer in flat end of egg to use as handle. Paint bug;let dry. (Hint: rest skewer in heavy drinking glass until bug dries.)
  • 4. Cut 1" balls in half. Insert toothpicks to use as handles;paint. Insert toothpicks in foam scrap; let dry.
  • 5. Using pattern, cut two sets of wings from fabric and one setfrom fusible web. Following directions on package, fuse fabric wings together.
  • 6. Squeeze thin line of glitter paint around edge of wings (or,use glitter glue). Let dry.
  • 7. Cut chenille stem in half. Cut two small hearts from fabric;glue to one end of each chenille stem. Outline hearts with glitterpaint. Let dry. These will be the antennae.
  • 8. Glue on wiggle eyes and pompom nose. Glue on mouth cut fromscrap of foam or felt. Insert antennae into top of head; securewith drop of glue.
  • 9. Glue wings to back.
  • 10. Cut three chenille stems in half; insert one end of each stemin curved side of 1/2 ball. Insert legs in body; secure with dropof glue. Bend legs.
  • 11. Tie ribbon in bow; glue to neck.
  • 12. Cut out and glue small hearts to bottoms of feet, cheeks andover heart (optional).

Yarn covered XOXO

I'm sharing the latest addition to my Valentine decor. I purchased the paper mache' letters at JoAnn's. First, I painted the letters in the color to match the yarn, and then I ever so carefully (hot) glued the yarn to the X to keep the yarn looking mostly straight as I wrapped (they took forever), and then I went back and added another layer (which I did not glue as diligently as they rested in the grooves of the first layer). The O's went rather quickly, I glued on the curves when needed to keep the yarn from slipping.

The idea for wrapping the letters with yarn came via a pinterest image I came across. And I've been wanting to add X's and O's to my decor for a few years now...and here they are. I am kind of in love with the finished product.

Also, I was curious to know more about how XOXO came to mean hugs and kisses...so I checked it out at wikipedia. Did you know that the use of X to signify a kiss dates back to 1765?  Hopefully, you'll find this post inspirational as well as educational.

Crochet Heart Earrings

What you need

MC & CC
Small amounts of any of the following:
Denim Quick, Sugar N' Cream, 6 Strand Embroidery Floss
or Knit Cro Sheen.
One Bead or Pearl (Optional)
Tacky or fabric glue (Optional)
One pair Earring wires
1 Pin Backing (If making Pin)
Hook Size: Steel 00/3.5mm

Instructions

With MC (Red) Note: Ch 2 of Row 4, counts as Hdc.
Row 1) Ch 2, Sc in 2nd Ch from hook. (1 Sc)
Row 2) Ch 1, Turn, 2 Sc in next Sc. (2 Sc)
Row 3) Ch 1, Turn, 2 Sc in each of next 2 Sc. (4 Sc)
Row 4) Ch 2, Turn, HDC in base of Ch 2, Sc in next 2, 2 HDC in last Sc. (6 Stitches Total)
Row 5) Ch 2, Turn. Skip base of Ch 2, Dc Next HDC, Sl St next, Dc in next 2, Ch 2,
Sl St under Ch 2 of prior row. Sl ST down to pointand up to first Dc, Ch 2, Sl St in first Dc.
Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.
Trim.
With CC (White) Sl St in point of heart, *Ch 2, Sl St in edge of each row to SL St at top.
Ch 2, Sl St under base of Sl St (one row below).Ch 2, Sl St in Dc, Ch 2, Sl St in next Dc.
Ch 2, Sl St down edge of heart to point,Sl St in first Sl St. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Finishing Glue embellishments to heart if making earrings and allow drying,
Attach ear wires to center top. If making pin, glue pin backing to back of heart and allow drying.
Finishing
Glue embellishments to heart
(Optional) If making earrings, attach ear wires to center top. If making pin, glue pin backing to back of heart.
All done!

I found this on www.craftbits.com

Lace Valentine Hearts

What you need

13x15" piece lightweight cardboard (a recycled box is great)
Coordinating fabric pieces in the following sizes:
8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
7" x 8"
6" x 6 1/2"
26" x 36" piece cotton batting.
26" x 36" piece nonwoven iron on interfacing.
2 yds gathered craft lace.
Ribbon, buttons, small flowers, beads as desired for trims.
Optional: Piece of lace fabric the same size as one of the fabric pieces.

Also:
Scissors.
Low temp glue gun.
Iron & ironing surface.
Large needle.

 

Instructions

Use this love heart pattern:
valentine-heart-pattern
Make 4 extra copies of the pattern sheet so you can cut out one each of the 4 hearts.
Set heart pattern (number) #4 aside.
Cut one cardboard heart from each of heart patterns numbered 1, 2 & 3.
Cut TWO pieces of batting from each of the heart patterns numbered 1, 2 & 3.
Cut one interfacing heart from each of the heart patterns numbered 1, 2 & 3.
Set heart pattern #1 aside.
Cut one fabric heart from each of heart patterns numbered 2, 3 & 4.
If you choose to cover one heart with lace, cut the lace heart the same size as the fabric heart.
To construct the largest heart, lay the largest piece of fabric right side down on the work surface.
Center the 2 largest pieces of batting on top of the fabric & place the largest cardboard heart on top of that. (a dab of glue will hold the batting in place but do not glue the batting & fabric together as it will leave a mark on the finished heart.)
Clip the fabric at the bottom point & the top indentation as far as the cardboard. Beginning at the top indentation, put a line of hot glue along the edge about 1″ on either side & fold the top edge of the fabric over the glue line. Press down carefully.
Rotate the heart halfway around & put a line of glue about 1″ on either side of the bottom point. Fold the fabric edge over the glue line stretching & smoothing it. Make certain the tip is securely glued.
Repeat this process at either side.
Finish the four remaining areas, stretching & smoothing the fabric so there are no wrinkles on the front side.
If you opt to cover the heart with lace fabric, place the fabric covered heart face down on the top of the lace heart & repeat the previous steps to glue the lace into place.
To add the lace edging, place the fabric covered heart face down on the work surface. Fold about 1/2″ to the back on one end of the lace & glue it one or two inches at a time to the back edge of the heart beginning at the center top indentation. Do not stretch the lace as you apply it but ease it together as much as possible & pinch a tiny “dart” into the bottom point so it won’t curl. Glue the lace evenly around the outer edge, overlap at the end & cut off the excess.
To finish the back, use a hot iron to press the largest interfacing heart to the cardboard according to the manufacturers instructions.
Assemble the 2 remaining hearts in the same manner.
These may be hung individually or as a trio. To attach 3 together, lay all 3 finished hearts on the work surface overlapping as desired. Apply glue to the areas that overlap & press into place. Glue on trims as desired. To hang, fold a length of ribbon in half & knot the cut ends. Pierce the fabric & batting at the top with the needle & let the hearts hang freely. Move the needle until you find where it hangs level. Mark this place at the back & glue the knotted ribbon securely at this point.
If desired, fashion a pocket from leftover fabric or interfacing, glue around the edges & attach it to the back of one heart. Insert money or a gift card.

Valentine’s Chair Envelope Pouch

This Valentine's day tutorial shows you how to make a fun back of the chair envelope for collecting cards. Perfect for the classroom or loads of fun for your office chair.

Free Printable: Valentine’s Chair Envelope Pouch

What you need

3 9x12" Sheets of Felt,
1 Sheet of Red Felt,
Ribbon or RicRac,
Needle and Embroidery Thread

Instructions

Download this free valentine printable pattern to get started.
Step 1
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Cut a scallop edge around 2 of your white felt sheets. You can use a scallop template or scallop scissors or just freehand it. These are the main pieces of your envelope.
Step 2
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 Cut the pattern out and pin the heart to red felt, and the scalloped triangle to your last sheet of white felt. Cut them out.
Step 3
Lightly sketch out a word (Your name, or a word like “love”) onto your triangle using a pencil. Thread a piece of red thread into your needle, knot one end of it, and embroider your name.
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Step 4

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Cut 2 20” pieces of ribbon or ricrac. These will be the straps you can use to tie this to the back of your chair.
Step 5
Take one of your main envelope pieces (the white scalloped rectangles) and pin the center of both ribbon pieces to the back. You want them about 3” from the outside edge, about 1” down from the top edge. Stitch them down by making a few stitches in the middle where you pinned them.
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Step 6
Pin the red felt heart on to the bottom tip of the triangle, and stitch around the heart. You should be stitching the heart to the triangle here.
Step 7
Pin the triangle on to the top of your front main envelope piece (the piece without the ribbon). Thread your needle with red embroidery thread, knot one end of the thread and stitch the triangle down onto the main envelope piece.
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Step 8
Place the front of your envelope (the piece with the triangle and heart) face up on top of the back envelope piece (the piece with the ribbons – You want the ribbons face down). Thread your needle with another piece of red embroidery thread, knot one end and sew the 2 main pieces together. Only sew the sides and bottom – Leave the top open!
Tie to the back of your classroom chair and let your friends put Valentines in it!

Felt Heart Wreath

What you need

2 sheets of white felt
2 sheets of light pink felt
2 sheets of red felt
hot glue gun
extra glue sticks
scissors
ribbon to match
thumb tack






Instructions

Cut felt into 2″ squares.
Put a dot of glue on foam wreath.
Gluing only the center, leaving the edges unglued.
Felt Wreath Closeup

Repeat to cover entire front of wreath. Making sure to overlap squares (the more squares the fuller the wreath will look).
Squeeze the squares close together.
Cut ribbon to length for hanging.
Use a dot of glue to secure ribbon and thumb tack to back of wreath.
All done!

Felt Conversation Heart

What you need

Materials for one heart:
pastel colored felt (9x12")
Polyfil stuffing
Also:
pattern
Ruler
scissors
needle, sewing thread, embroidery thread, pins
disappearing marker





Instructions

Measure & cut a 1 & 1/4″ x 12″ strip from the long edge of the felt piece. Cut out the heart pattern, trace 2 hearts onto the felt & cut them out
Beginning at the bottom point of one heart, pin & sew the felt strip all the way around the edge of the heart. I do this by hand with tiny stitches altho it could be done by machine as well.
When you reach the end, trim the excess from the strip—an inch or so—& sew the ends together.
Turn the seam to the inside.
Matching the center top & the bottom point, pin the second heart to the strip.
Sew the edge same as the first leaving an opening to stuff it. The top seam is turned to the inside but the bottom seam is left exposed to give the appearance of molded candy. Stuff the heart with polyfil & finish sewing the opening.
Use the disappearing marker to letter typical conversation heart messages or names on each heart. All capitals & block letters. Embroider the letters with red embroidery thread.
If desired, sew a matching rectangle of felt to the back of the heart to hold a folded $$$ treat for the recipient.
Conversation Hearts Hanging Up

Felt Heart Monster


Don’t ya just love felt?  I think I have made it pretty clear that I do!  This is a little heart monster I designed and made.  And here’s just how you do it!

Supplies:
Felt
Embroidery Thread
Batting
Scrap Fabric

I took pictures along the way…



The pictures really speak for themselves, but I will offer a little explanation.

First of all, sketch out your monster.  Then, fold it in half and cut it out (this way it will be symmetrical).    Then, pull out your clear packing tape and tape it to the felt, on the fold.  I explain why I use tape when cutting felt here.
Cut out.  Add eye(s), teeth, etc.
Fold monster in half and cut out heart.  Save heart.
Place scrap of fabric behind the heart cut-out and stitch in place with a backstitch.
Add embellishment.  Tip–I use staples instead of stick pins with felt–so it lays flat when I stitch.
Cut out a second monster for the back.  Stuff and sew sides with a blanket stitch.



And here are my two little “monsters” this Valentines.  This felt heart monster is my gift for my little boy this Valentines.  With a nursing baby I’m not sure my husband will take me on a “date”, but I’m not going to lie, life is pretty good!

 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Sweetheart Necklace and Earrings


Use oven bake clay to create the perfect jewelry set for Valentine's Day. Sculpt red hearts for the necklace and earrings and choose your own stone or gem to accent the pendant.  This is a wonderful gift for any woman in your life, and it's so simple and fun to make.  You could even add someone's name to the heart pendant to make it all the more personal and meaningful.  This is a sweet and charming way to show your mom, sister, or friend how much you care, and what better way to share your love on Valentine's Day than by making something with your own two hands?

 


Materials:

  • Cord
  • Bead glue in tube
  • Straight Kidney Earwire-2 (silver or gold)
  • Fishing swivel-smallest size available (buy in hardware store)
  • Hook and Eye-14.5 x 6mm
  • Eyepin (silver or gold)- 1 ½” long
  • Stone or gem, approx. 1/8” oval/flat back (I used hemalyke)
  • Creamcoat enamel glaze-clear/air dry
  • (1) ½” x ¾” chunk Sculpey III oven bake clay for the pendant
  • (2) ½” x ¼” chunk Sculpey III oven bake clay for earrings
  • Pasta machine (optional)
  • Small paint brush
  • Non-stick board work area or pan with parchment paper
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Old rag (dampen with water for clean up and smoothing clay surface)
  • Wooden skewers (for baking and markings)

 

Instructions:

  1. Knead or roll clay to soften. Make 1 large ball for pendant and 2 for earrings. Flatten balls to apprx. 1/8” thick. For pendant use pliers to shape dip on any side of ball, pinch opposite side with fingers and shape heart, flatten and smooth. Hold carefully and push eyepin from bottom of heart up through top dip until even with clay and using pliers shape hook at top of heart for hanging. Carefully reshape and flatten heart to original design. With skewer make a small circle of indented dots for a slot to insert stone or gem. Press gem into lower part of heart face keeping close to even/flat on surface of heart. Use skewer to make very small lines around gem (like a sunburst design) to help fuse when baking. Use skewer to write 100% above gem. Flatten and smooth rough edges and all sides.
     
  2. For earrings use same shaping method, instead of eyepin, insert fish swivel halfway its length into top dip of heart. Using skewer you can make a little feather design down center of heart.  Flatten and smooth rough edges and all sides.
     
  3. Line pan with parchment paper, place all hearts flat on top of paper, bake in pre-heated oven 265° for 14 to 15 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes, squirt a pinhead amount of glue into swivel and hook on top of hearts. Let dry 2 hours. Take a medium thick black ball point pen and draw in the lines of 100%, let sit 10 minutes. Paint the hearts with a light coat of glaze, let dry 1 day.
     
  4. In the mean time, cut cord or ribbon to 23” and tie and glue hook and eye on each end, trim. Or chain a 20” cord as follows: using #10 cotton thread (color of your choice), thread the hook and eye on thread. Cast on 1 chain, chain around hook for first end, leave eye on working yarn, chain 150, pull up eye, work 1 chain around eye, slip stitch and fasten off. Weave in loose thread on each end, trim and put a dot of glue to secure. When hearts are dry, put earwires on ear hearts and cord into pendant hook.




 

Candy Heart Bracelet

Materials:
  • 2 #28-335-11-01 Assorted lampwork heart beads with criss-cross pattern, pink/white/red
  • 3 #28-335-12-01 Assorted lampwork heart beads with dot pattern, pink/white/red
  • 10 >> #05-328-06-138 * CRYSTALLIZED™ 6mm bicone crystals, rosaline
  • 6 #05-328-06-175 * CRYSTALLIZED™ 6mm bicone crystals, rose water opal
  • 10 #05-328-06-191 CRYSTALLIZED™ 6mm bicone crystals, cyclamen opal
  • 6 #05-328-06-02 * CRYSTALLIZED™ 6mm bicone crystals, crystal/aurora borealis
  • 94 #49-955-05-3 5mm TierraCast® nugget heishi beads, silver plate
  • 32 #37-421-3 7/8" standard head pins, silver plate
  • 16" #40-099-46-3 5.1mm round double-link cable chain, silver plate (cut into two 7" pieces, and one 2" piece)
  • 15" #46-709-14 18-gauge ColourCraft® wire, silver (cut five 3" pieces)
  • 4 #37-145-3 6mm round jump rings, silver plate
  • 1 #30-230-3 23x9mm small swivel clip, silver plate
* NOTE: Beginning in 2009, Swarovski is replacing their 5301 faceted bicone crystal style with their new 5328 faceted XILION bicone bead. Either style of bicone works well for this design.

Tools
:
  • cutters
  • flat-nose pliers
  • round-nose pliers
     
Instructions:
  1. Create 32 crystal dangles using the 7/8" head pins.
     
  2. For the heart connectors, make a large loop at one end of each piece of wire and add 3 random crystal dangles to each loop.
     
  3. Thread one wire through the center link of one piece of chain. Add a lampwork heart framed by spacer beads.
     
  4. Thread through the center link on the other piece of chain, make a large loop and add 3 more crystal dangles.
     
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining wire pieces and beads, working out from the center.

TIPS:
  • Running the wire through even numbered links of the chain will help prevent twisting.
  • Keep both pieces of chain parallel as you add wire. To make this easier, pin the chain ends onto a piece of foam core or scrap piece of wood.
  • To maintain the continuity of the chain design, use double jump rings to attach the clasp and extender chain


 

Sparkle Heart Frame

Materials:
  • Wood Paint (Red)
  • Paint Brush
  • Pack of Stick-It Felt Glimmer Heart Stickers
  • Rectangle Wood Frame
Steps:
  1. Paint your picture frame red.
  2. Once paint has dried, layout where you would like to place your Stick-It Felt Glimmer Heart Shapes on the Frame.
    Note: If you do not have stick-it heart shapes, cut out free-form hearts from colored felt, it works just as well.
     
  3. Remove adhesive backing from Hearts and affix into place onto frame.
     
  4. Add your favorite Picture!


 

Salt Dough Heart Magnets


Try this fun Valentine's craft project to create salt dough heart magnets that are fun for both kids and adults to decorate.

Materials:

  • Salt Dough (instructions below)
  • Rolling pin
  • Flour
  • Heart Shaped Cookie cutters
  • Acrylic Paint (colors of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • Flat baking sheet
  • Glue
  • Small magnets

Steps:

  1. Make salt dough according to instructions.
     
  2. Roll salt dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick.
     
  3. Use cookie cutters to cut hearts out of dough.
     
  4. Place dough hearts on an ungreased baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for about 2 hours.
     
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely.
     
  6. Use acrylic paints to decorate hearts as you desire. A good technique for writing words is using a toothpick dipped in a small bit of bright paint, like yellow or white.
     
  7. Glue magnets to the back of the hearts.




 

How to Make Salt Dough


This easy and inexpensive craft dough is perfect for creative kids.
Mix up a batch of salt dough and entertain your child for hours.  There’s so much fun to be had – use cookie cutters for neat shapes or sculpt freestyle.  Let it dry and use acrylic paints for even more decorating fun!

Materials:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Mixing bowl

Steps:

  1. Mix together salt, flour, and water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Knead in food coloring (if desired).  Continue kneading until mixture reaches a doughy consistency.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for later use.

After your kids make something from the dough, if they wish to keep it you can bake it in the oven until hard.  After letting it cool, your kids can now paint on it with tempra paint or acrylics

 

Crochet Valentine Tablecloth


MATERIALS:

  • Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (400 g / 14 oz)
    • Main Color (MC) (White): 1 ball
    • Contrast A (Pink): 1 ball
    • Contrast B (Red): 1 ball

OR

  • (50 g / 1.75 oz)
    • Main Color (MC) (White): 3 balls
    • Contrast A (Pink): 5 balls
    • Contrast B (Red): 2 balls
  • Crochet Hook Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) or size needed to obtain gauge.

MEASUREMENTS
Approx 38 ins [96.5 cm] round.

GAUGE: 15 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

INSTRUCTIONS
Body of Table Cloth: With MC, ch 6. Join in rnd.
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 23 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
2nd rnd: Ch 5 (counts as dc and and ch 2). Miss first 2 dc. *1 dc in next dc. Ch 2. Miss next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.
3rd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *(2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
4th rnd: Sl st in next dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (2 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *(3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
5th rnd: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (2 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *(3 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
6th rnd: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-3 sp. Ch 3. (3 dc. Ch 2. 4 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *(4 dc. Ch 2. 4 dc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
7th rnd: Sl st in each of next 3 dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *Ch 9. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Ch 9. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
8th rnd: Sl st in next dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *Ch 9. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Ch 9. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
9th rnd: As 8th rnd.
10th rnd: Sl st in next dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *Ch 5. 1 sc in ch-9 sp 3 rnds below. Ch 5. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Ch 5. 1 sc in ch-9 sp 3 rnds below. Ch 5. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
11th rnd: Sl st in next dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. *(Ch 5. 1 sc in next ch-5 sp) twice. Miss next 2 dc. Ch 5. 1 sc in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around, ending with (Ch 5. 1 sc in next ch-5 sp) twice. Ch 5. Join with sl st to first sc.

First Heart Motif: **With B, ch 6. Join in rnd.
1st rnd: Ch 7. (Yoh and draw up a loop in ring. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – Dc3tog made. (Ch 5. Dc3tog in ring) twice. Ch 7. Join with sl st to first ch of ch 7.
2nd rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 7 dc in ch-7 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-5 sp. Ch 4. 1 dc in next dc3tog. Ch 4. 1 sc in next ch-5 sp. Ch 3. 7 dc in next ch-7 sp. Ch 3. Join with sl st to first ch of ch 3.***
3rd rnd: Ch 6. Miss first 2 dc. (1 sc in next dc. Ch 3. Miss next dc) 3 times. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next dc. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. (Ch 3. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc) 3 times. Ch 6. Join with sl st in first ch of ch 6.**
4th rnd: Ch 1. 5 sc in first ch-6 sp. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) 5 times. (1 sc. Join with sl st to any ch-5 sp of Body. Ch 3. Sl st to top of last sc -Picot made. 1 sc) all in next sc. (3 sc in next ch 3 sp of Heart Motif. Miss next sc) 5 times. 5 sc in next ch-6 sp. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Second Heart Motif: Work from ** to **, as given for First Heart Motif.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 5 sc in first ch-6 sp. (3 sc in next ch 3-sp of Heart Motif. Miss next sc) 5 times. (1 sc. Join with sl st to any ch-5 sp of Body. Picot. 1 sc) in next sc. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. 1 sc in corresponding sc of adjoining Heart Motif. 1 sc in same ch 3 sp. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice 5 sc in next ch-6 sp. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Work as given for Second Heart Motif around, ending with last Heart Motif.

Last Heart Motif: Work from ** to **, as given for First Heart Motif.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 5 sc in first ch-6 sp. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch 3 sp. 1 sc in corresponding sc of First Heart Motif. 1 sc in same ch 3 sp. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch 3 sp) twice. (1 sc. Join with sl st to any ch-5 sp of Body. Picot. 1 sc) in next sc. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. 1 sc in corresponding sc of previous Heart Motif. 1 sc in same ch-3 sp. (Miss next sc. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice. 5 sc in next ch-6 sp. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Body of Table Cloth: 12th rnd: Join MC with sl st, to right ch-6 sp of any Heart Motif. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. *Ch 7. 1 sc in next ch-6 sp. Ch 7. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in first ch-3 sp, after joint of next Heart Motif. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 7. 1 sc in next ch-6 sp.
Rep from *, ending with Ch 3. 1 tr in 1st sc.
13th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in top of tr. *(Ch 7. 1 sc in next ch-7 sp) twice. Ch 7. Miss next (ch-3 sp, ch-1 sp and ch-3 sp). 1 sc in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * around, ending with Ch 3. 1 tr in 1st sc.
14th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in top of tr. *Ch 7. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * around, ending with Ch 3. 1 tr in 1st sc.
15th rnd: Sl st in each of next 3 dc and ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (1 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in same sp as last sl st. *Ch 9. (2 dc. Ch 2. 2 dc) in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * around. Ch 9. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rep rnds 8 to 11 of Body once more
Next rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc. Ch 3. Picot) in top of tr. 3 sc around post of tr. *(4 sc. Picot. 4 sc) in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * around, ending with 4 sc in last ch-7 sp. Join with sl st to first sc.

First Heart Motif: With A, work from ** to *** as given before.
3rd rnd: Ch 6. Miss first 2 dc. (1 sc in next dc. Ch 3. Miss next dc) 3 times. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next dc. Join with sl st to any ch-5 sp of Body. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch 4 sp of Heart Motif. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. (Ch 3. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc) 3 times. Ch 6. Join with sl st in first ch of ch 6. Fasten off.

Second Heart Motif: With A, work from ** to ***, as given before.
3rd rnd: Ch 6. Miss first 2 dc. (1 sc in next dc. Ch 3. Miss next dc) 3 times. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next dc. Miss next two ch-5 sps of Body. Join with sl st to next ch-5 sp of Body. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp of Heart Motif. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in corresponding ch-3 sp of previous Heart Motif. Ch 1. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc. (Ch 3. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc) twice. Ch 6. Join with sl st in first ch of ch 6. Fasten off.

Work as given for Second Heart Motif, ending with last Heart Motif.

Last Heart Motif: With A, work from ** to ***, as given before.
3rd rnd: Ch 6. Miss first 2 dc. (1 sc in next dc. Ch 3. Miss next dc) twice. Ch 1. 1 sc in corresponding ch-3 sp of First Heart Motif. Ch 1. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3. 1 sc in next dc. Miss next two ch-5 sps of Body. Join with sl st to next ch-5 sp of Body. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp of Heart Motif. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp. Ch 1. 1 sc in corresponding ch-3 sp of previous Heart Motif. Ch 1. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc. (Ch 3. Miss next dc. 1 sc in next dc) twice. Ch 6. Join with sl st in first ch of ch 6. Do not fasten off.

Body of Table Cloth: Next rnd: With A, sl st in first ch-6 sp. Ch 1. 5 sc in same sp as last sl st. *(1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next ch-3 sp) 3 times. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp of next Heart Motif. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice. 1 sc in next sc. 5 sc in next ch-6 sp. Sl st in next sl st. 5 sc in next ch-6 sp. Rep from * around, ending with sl st in next sl st. Fasten off.