Bouquet of Love

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Forget to get your sweetie a Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t worry! Everyone loves roses and chocolates! In just under an hour, you can combine these two treats to create the perfect gift – a mouth-watering bouquet of chocolate roses.

Materials

  • Hershey’s Candies in colors of choice: Kisses, 22; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, two
  • Clear cellophane wrapping paper
  • Iridescent mesh wire-edge ribbon in color of choice, 2” wide, 31” length
  • Craft wire, 20-gauge, 5 yards
  • Green floral tape

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for 1 dozen roses.)

1.Cut twelve 3” squares from cellophane paper. From craft wire, cut twelve 10” lengths and three 18” lengths. Set 18” lengths aside.

2. For one rosebud, bend one end of a 10” length of craft wire into a small loop. (See Fig. 1.) Place loop at center bottom of candy kiss; bend wire over edge of candy kiss and down side. Place a second candy kiss, flat ends together, on top of first kiss. Center one 3” square of cellophane paper over top of rosebud; fold paper over rosebud, tightly wrapping paper around bottom of rosebud. Secure paper below rosebud by wrapping transparent tape around wire stem.

Figure 1

3. Wrap wire stem with floral tape. Make a total of 10 rosebuds in all.

4. For open roses, use a peanut butter cup for bottom of rose. Attach wire to peanut butter cup in the same way as rosebuds. Place flat side of candy kiss on top of peanut butter cup. In the same way as rosebuds, attach cellophane and wrap wire stem.

5. For spirals, wrap each 18” length of wire with floral tape. Tightly coil covered wire around pencil, leaving 7” uncoiled. Carefully remove pencil.

6. Holding rosebuds and roses together at different heights, twist stems together. Arrange spirals throughout arrangement; twist spiral stems around rose stems.

7. Cut two 15” squares from cellophane paper. Stack squares together. Place bouquet so that tops of roses are approximately 3” from one corner. Folding bottom corners of paper upward over stems, wrap paper around roses, forming a cone. Tightly wrap transparent tape around stem bundle to secure paper. Cut a 6” length from wire; tightly twist wire around stem bundle over tape.

8. Tie ribbon into a two-loop bow around stems; cut ribbon ends as desired.

by Soo Park and Mindy Han

Photo Valentine Cards

When my three boys were younger, each year when Valentine’s Day rolled around, I tried to come up with a card that was easy to make in multiples, fun yet inexpensive, and most importantly, met their requirement for something that was not too girly.

Since it was the one time of year I could usually count on my boys to pitch in and “get crafty” with me, the annual ritual of planning and assembling cards for the boys to bring to school was something we all looked forward to. Over the years, there have been candy airplanes, cards made with playing cards, and lots of stamped cards, but the one that seemed to be the biggest hit (and has been pretty popular on Pinterest) is this photo card:

I had seen a few variations of this card online and thought it seemed like something that would be fairly easy to recreate. The year we made this card, my two older boys were in middle and high school and no longer exchanged cards with classmates. My youngest son and I started out with a mini photo shoot in the backyard one day after school. There were some pretty funny outtakes!

We finally settled on this pose – it had the right combination of a good expression on Jack’s face plus enough room for the lollipop and message in the sky above.

The text was added using photo-editing software, but you could substitute a stamp, sticker, or handwritten message using a Sharpie marker. We cut out pieces of red cardstock to use as a mat and trimmed the bottom edge using a decorative border punch (kids love punches!). Two tiny holes were punched with a thumbtack on either side of the lollipop stem and it was tied on using paper floss. We also added an adhesive dot right behind the lollipop to keep it from moving. We worked assembly-line style and I tried to let Jack do as much of the work as possible. This would also work well with other types of small treats such as a pencil or marker.

One thing I have learned from crafting with my boys over the years is to let go of my perfectionist tendencies… in the end, what does it really matter if the photos aren’t trimmed precisely or there are some ragged edges on the card? We had fun, and the memories we have of spending time together will last a lifetime (and are nice to look back on, especially now with a house full of teenagers!).

Supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Karen Foster Design Scrapper’s Spools (available in a variety of colors)
  • Therm O Web Medium Craft Zots

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart