On this Valentine’s day morning, many areas of the country are beginning the task of “digging out” after yet another treacherous winter storm hit the east coast overnight. Just days before the same winter Nor’Easter wreaked havoc in other parts of the country such as Georgia and the Carolinas. On top of it, the little one and I have been battling a series of winter colds and are being forced to spend much of our time in the house due to the lousy weather. Despite this, we have managed to make the best of these situations and have spent a lot of quality time together as a family.
I wanted to make my husband something special for Valentine’s day this year, and as with most of my creations, I like to get my 2 1/2 year-old daughter (Also known as the toddler apprentice) involved in the process. I also knew that my husband being the wonderful dad he is, would appreciate the fact that his daughter helped mommy make his gift with “her own little hands.” I have seen many great Valentine’s day kid’s crafts online via Pinterest and other sites, and I had many ideas swirling around in my head. I saw a great project courtesy of the Roylco kids craft blog (which I follow, and love) and although I decided to create my own version, The Roylco project was quite inspiring. Be sure to check it out!
For this project you will need:
Black, Pink, Red and White Construction Paper
Kids White School Glue
White Non Toxic Kids Craft Paint
First, I dipped my daughter’s hand in the white paint after pouring it on a paper plate. I pressed her hand on the black construction paper. This was challenging and it took a few tries after the first two attempts became slightly smudged. There is no greater excitement to a little one then “messy fun” so she didn’t seem to mind the multiple attempts at getting it right! Once I achieved the desired effect I allowed the construction paper to dry. After about an hour, the paper was dry and ready. I drew different sized hearts on the red, white and pink paper and carefully cut them out. The little one enjoyed squeezing the glue on the hearts and sticking them to the paper!
Such a Good Helper……
Next, I wrote little sayings in the hearts. I thought this would be cute, but if you prefer it, you can skip this step. I wanted to make it more personalized for him. I then found a great glass frame in our attic to frame it in. Now we have a great piece of Valentine’s Day wall art for years to come, permanently immortalizing our daughters little two year-old hands forever. (Can’t you tell I am an overly sentimental person?)
The apprentice and I also made a Valentine’s Day glass jar lamp. I had some great left over heart themed scrapbook paper I won courtesy of Ray’s So Crafty’s Labor Day Giveaway. I have made several jar lamps, and like to interchange them on the light bases, depending on the mood, or for holidays. I simply cut the paper, applied Mod Podge to the glass and adhered it around the jar carefully matching up the seam. An easy, simple decoration guaranteed to warm hearts during this frigid Valentine’s Day.
“On The Upcycle” would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Valentine’s Day. Hoping you are able to spend it with those you love today!