To say I have been waiting for this day is an understatement. Last week Parker came home from “school” with a pink sheet of his classmates for their Valentien’s Day Exchange. Ekkkkk the time of crafts, room parties, and field trips is finally here! I went straight to Pinterest and ended up deciding on heart shaped crayons. There were many pins of Pinterest but I ended up choosing Cherished Bliss for my inspiration.
We took a quick trip to Target to get some supplies. Overall, this project was very easy and relatively inexpensive, especially if you have old broken crayons laying around.
You will also need an X-Acto knife, old cutting board, butcher knife, cookie sheet, card stock, and a stapler.
The most time consuming part was removing all of the paper. Ideally you would use old broken crayons you already have laying around but we don’t have many of those yet. I used the X-Actro knife to slice the crayon paper making it much easier to remove. This was an easy project to do up in Caity’s nursery while she was playing on her play mat. I decided not to do it around Parker because I didn’t want to encourage him to always take the paper off his crayons. Like it isn’t a natural instinct 😉
Once they were all done I found an old cutting board and used our butcher knife to cut about 8 at a time.
Once they were all chopped up I filled the molds to the top and added the little speckles left over. I did notice that there are quite a few browns in the box. You may want to leave some of those out and balance the colors so there is a few more lighter colors than darker ones.
I suggest putting the mold on a cookie sheet in case they spill over. That is certainly a mess I would not want to clean up! The bake time will vary depending on your oven, we ended up baking ours on 120 degrees for 16 minutes. We started with 10 minutes and kept adding time until all the chunks had melted. Once they were completely cool, about 45 minutes I popped them out!
While they were baking I used the template from Parker’s nautical second birthday favors to make Valentine themed ones. For the month of February you can download this template here! Special shout out to Miss Kate Cuttables who makes adorable digital images like the heart monsters above!
Although I did most of the work these were coming from Parker so I had him color a little on the back of each one.
Iv’e enjoyed finding projects that I can do with Parker. It’s never to early to start molding that creative little brain! For Christmas, our daycare provider made these adorable LOVE signs for each of the parents. It was such a wonderful surprise and absolutely made our Christmas. I often host craft play dates with my moms group and thought this would be a great project to do.
I tend to look for fun projects that are easy to do with tons of kids around, can incorporate them into the project and don’t take a lot of time.
The total for this project was about $15.00 and the paint can be used for future projects. I got all of my supplies at Michael’s and the folkArt paint was on sale for $.99. You can save a few dollars and just paint the L and E but I like the look of the different levels.
These little beauties come in handy for all sorts of projects. It makes it easier and quicker to paint wood leaving minimal mess. You can also use them over and over again which is also a perk.
I painted the boards a few hours before we did the hand and feet imprints. I wanted to make sure the paint was completely dry so there was no smudging. It’s great when you have an extra set of adult hands. I would paint their hand and feet, with a roller brush, and then one adult would hold the plaque while the other directed their hand or foot in the right place. It’s certainly not perfect but the imperfections are what make it real and beautiful.
I love how they turned out and how festive they are for Valentine’s Day. It’s a great decoration to bring out once a year to remember how tiny those little hands and feet once were. I can’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day rolls around to do it again!
Well hello there January 17th! I swear I haven’t been slacking off on a vacation. I fell behind on some product reviews and updates over at Cherry Blossom Love and wanted to catch up before I started getting ready for Valentine’s Day.
I have been spending some time on Pinterest getting inspired for this year. I won’t have a lot of time to decorate but I want to make a few new crafts for the house.
Last year one of my favorite project were DIY Valentine Coupons I made for Rob. I offered a free download of the template for any who likes My Crafting Attic on Facebook. Since that seemed to be really popular, I decided to offer it again this year. It’s the perfect gift for any couple on a budget! Just head on over to My Crafting Attic on Facebook, click like and then go to the Just For Fans page.
I am getting into print making more and more lately. I just love searching and downloading new fonts and playing around with designs. I love how festive prints look on the walls too. It’s such an easy way to decorate and then just switch out the prints for the different seasons or holidays.
What would Valentine’s Day be without spreading a little love so these prints will be available to download for free for Valentine’s Day! Just click the links below.
Later this week I will be sharing an adorable project you can do with your little ones for the perfect Valentine’s gift for any parent or grandparent!
I have recently started to really getting into “fonting” (a new word I really just made up). I have always been one to use nontraditional fonts and usually got scolded in the office for such. Now that I am my own boss, new fonts are downloaded and used daily.
Especially now that I have really started to get into subway art for our home, gifts and in my Etsy Shop, I am pretty much downloading at least one new font a day. While putting together my DIY Personalize Valentine’s Coupon post, I ended up downloading some really cute Valentine themed fonts and wanted to share them! It’s always a bummer when you see a really neat font but don’t know the name of it!
Want to download your own fonts but don’t know how? Check out my step by step instructions here!
Here are some things I recently learned about downloading fonts. Even though they say “free” you should look at the “red me” file. In most cases the font is free for personal use but if you plan to use it for something on Etsy or to make money off it, you need to give a donation to the artist or purchase a license.
Since I download fonts often, I decided to purchase the 1001 fonts from 1001freefonts(.com). You can learn more about it here. What is great about this is you get the commercial license with purchase.