Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was busy, busy, busy with friends and parties galore! We'll share some photos with you soon! In the meantime, we're in a Valentine's Day state of mind around here. Still looking for a Valentine's Day gift for the grandparents or to bring to your child's class? We've got you covered! We've scoured the web for fun craft activities you can do with your kids and we did one of them at home with gorgeous results!
Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
We did something like this first idea at a birthday party last fall, when we used painter's tape to make each child's first initial on a canvas and then let them paint over the entire canvas. Once the tape was removed, their initial remained white. This post from Momista Beginnings does something similar, but with a Valentine's Day spin! The resulting posters or canvases from this project are cute enough to display year round (and you know the grandparents are going to do just that!).
Need a super simple craft idea? Simply Shellie has a cute idea for a handprint heart card that is quick and easy. You may want to help with the cutting part to make sure the thumbs and index fingers stay attached! ;-)
We use our salad spinners a lot already, but here's another use for them! And for those of you who have one tucked back in a cabinet that hasn't seen light since Debbie Gibson was on the radio (if you are too young to get that reference, we can't be friends. sorrynotsorry.), bust it out and put it to use!
Last, but certainly not least, was our favorite craft idea. We liked it so much, we had to try it out for one of our kid's school Valentine's Day goodies. For this project, you need crayons - lots of crayons. The good news is that you can repurpose all of the sad, broken crayons floating around your home that are too short to use for coloring. Alternatively, you can snag a box or two of 64 crayons (Target had the best pricing) and you'll be set. We used this silicone mold and it needed about 3-3.5 crayons per heart. Obviously this number will vary depending on the size of your mold.
The project is pretty simple. First, you'll want to pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and place a rack in the center.
Next, strip the paper off of your crayons. If you soak them in water (hotter seemed to work better), about 90% of the wrappers will peel right off with little to no effort. For whatever reason, there were a few colors that were a little more stubborn, but a little bit of elbow grease and dish soap got those wrappers to play nicely!
Then, once the crayons are all naked, break them into chunks. We typically tried to get 4-5 pieces from each crayon, since that size fit nicely into the molds. Then group the crayons with similar/complementary colors (pinks and reds, yellows, greens, blues, etc.) and start mixing and matching and filling the molds.
Place the silicone mold on top of a cookie sheet - this ensures wax doesn't drip into your oven if you overfilled your hearts and makes it easier to take the mold out once all of the wax is melted without spilling hot wax all over you/your oven/your floor. Bake for 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on them. You want to pull them out as soon as all of the bits are melted - if you wait too much longer, the wax and the color start to separate and you'll have a 1/8 inch white wax strip on the bottom of your hearts. We definitely don't know that from experience.
The end result is beautifully marbled crayons that your kids (and, let's be honest, you) will love!
Let us know if you try any of these or share your favorite Valentine's Day craft in the comments or drop us a line!
Erin & Sarah