Saturday, February 13, 2010

The 2010 Valentines PART 1: Conversation Heart Necklaces

Yes, our freakish crafti-ness extends everywhere, especially to the maniacs' valentines. Sometime I will have to dig out the pics from previous years but for now here is what we did for valentines this year. Lil' Mermaid loves making jewelry and of course eating candy. Therefore, what better valentine for her to give then a Conversation Heart Necklace???
Bowl full of conversation hearts

These were easy-peasy to make.
The startin' of the valentines

Supplies:
Wooden heart shapes (ours were about 1/4 inch thick and maybe 2.5 inches wide).
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Black sharpie marker
Drill
yarn
beads

STEP ONE

Paint the hearts (beware the following contains an unnecessary multitude of photos of glaring, bright colors - You know my obsessive issues with bright colorful crafts). You may need to paint several coats. You could also have primered them first but we neglected that step. Be sure they are dry and then turn over to evenly paint the other side.
You know my palette love!
Rainbows and hearts!
A trail of hearts
Pretty colors

STEP TWO
While the hearts are drying, cut yarn in lengths long enough to go over the intended recipients heads. Of course, if you are lucky enough to have left over yarn lengths from a previous session of yarn painting then -woohoo- you are in luck!
More bright yarn piles

STEP THREE
Have a talented, safety-conscious adult drill small holes for the hearts. (You could do this step before painting but our talented safety-conscious go-to drill guy was unavailable then). Be careful not to make your holes to near the edge as they have a tendency to break.
Conversation Heart necklaces

STEP FOUR
Start stringing the hearts with the yarn. Our drill hole was pretty small and we could not quite get the yarn into the hole and our yarn needle was even too big. So we made a little make-shift threader just by folding some thin wire in two. It worked like a charm, so much so that Peelu became the go-to threader girl for her sister.
How I got the yarn through
Stringing away
Little fingers helping out
The Conversation hearts all strung

STEP FIVE
Bead those babies! If you want beads on them of course. Lil' Mermaid decided that since the beads were "valentine-y, girl colors" that she would only bead the girls necklaces. She thought the boys would not wear them if they had valentine beads on them - but her brother (of course) asked for beads specifically on his. It worked best to just thread these beads using the yarn needle as it fit through the bead holes just fine. We then tied the ends securely on the necklaces.
Beads for the girls
Pretty pile

STEP SIX
Using permanent sharpie markers, (paint pens took longer to dry and were easier to smear)write down the conversation heart sentiments on one side of the wooden heart. And then on the back, write "To: whomever" and "love, your child" although Lil' M just made a small heart and then wrote her name. She also had to pick out an individual conversation heart saying for each child in her class. Here are some of the ones we made up:
HUGS
U R COOL
I LIKE U
BE FUN
BE COOL
U R FUN
{HEART} BUG (love bug - get it?)
MY PAL
SWEET
2 FUN
SUNSHINE
2 COOL
U R CRAZY
BE MINE

All the necklace up close
The necklace maker

YAY!! All done and so much fun to give out. Lil' Mermaid was just tickled to put them in her friends' valentine boxes. And the really cool part was that almost every kid picked it out of their box and put theirs on during their class valentine party. Even the boys!

5 comments:

  1. The Valentines are super cute--your kids have lucky classmates!

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  2. All I can say is... WOW!! Your creativity is amazing.. bet the kids were so proud to take their neat Valentines to school. I can't wait to see what you come up with next :)

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  3. OMGosh!! This is too cute!! I'm going to have to borrow this idea for my 4 yo's preschool party, or wait until kindergarten. OR wait until he's a little older so he can paint them himself. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Thanks Melissa. They are actually really easy to make and can be worn forever.

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