melting crayons for valentine’s art If you’ve never seen our technique for creating art with melted crayons, I’d love for you to pop over to our Crayon Art project at CBC Parents to see how it’s done! The process … Continue reading
We made one last cute craft for the kids to take home to Mom and Dad tonight. We made these last year, and while I don’t usually do “repeat” crafts here, these are really cute, and most of the kids here today weren’t with us last year when we made them.
We made a cute little craft today. Ours aren’t quite as gorgeous as the ones that were the inspiration behind them. Check out THESE pretty little numbers ! Did you heart skip a beat like mine did? Aren’t they over-the-top adorable? As soon as I saw them, I started thinking about how we were going to make them with materials that I had on hand (read: I was not about to go out and buy wooden frames, and as much as I LOVE the look of the fabric background, I thought it might be easier if we stuck with paper).
and this is what we used to make ‘em.
I’d originally planned to paint popsicle sticks for the frame, but the weather was gorgeous, and we have all this new, fluffy snow, and we just wanted to get outside, and enjoy the morning, so at the last minute, to save time, I decided we’d use these skinny coloured sticks. Not sure what they’re technically called, but I have a ton of them, and they’re already coloured, and they’re vibrantly coloured. They didn’t exactly give us the framed effect I was shooting for, but what the heck…
What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day?
Crafting for Valentine’s Day using a credit card and acrylic paints:
We made this Valentine’s craft today, using a really neat technique. If you’ve never tried painting with credit cards before, you really must.
I love how easy this process is to set up and to do. It produces gorgeous results and provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about colour mixing.
Credit Card Painting Supplies:
- An expired credit card or gift card (you can also use a sturdy piece of cardboard with a straight edge)
- 3 or 4 colours of paint
- a “canvas” (we used white cardboard).
Drizzle the paint over your canvas. This is a great way for your child to learn how to control the flow of paint. Talk to him or her about squeezing the tube of paint gently and moving his or her arms in a circular or back and forth motion over the canvas as they’re squeezing.
Now, hand the credit cards over to the kids (hmmmm, you don’t hear that often!), and have them scrape and blend the paint colours altogether. I find this part of the process fascinating, and I love to hear the children’s reactions to what they’re seeing and creating.