Since V-day is coming up fast, I thought I'd share an inexpensive and fun tutorial to do with the kiddos.
I was trying to come up with a simple crafty gift for my daughter to give to her classmates this Valentines (all 25 of them!) and after a stroll around the craft store, here's what I came up with:
Happy Heart Buttons!
Around our house we need activities and crafts that my almost-5 year old and my 1 1/2 year old can both be engaged in and this one was pretty darn fun and open-ended (and as a bonus - very inexpensive.)
- a bag of wooden hearts (about $2)
- a bag of button 'pins' (also about $2)
- paints (we prefer washable around these parts, *ahem*)
- cup for paint water and palette
- any ol' extra fun decorative stuff, we used: googly eyes, glitter, and sparkly puff balls
- paper & your child's favorite drawing/painting materials
This is kind of a 2 to 3-parter, as some drying is involved.
First, the set-up:
Start simply by just introducing the paints and hearts. I find it's easier for the kids to focus if I hold off on the fun 'extras' until I have a base color on the hearts.
|Notice the tablecloth? Hah, this mama's been around the messy block more than once!|
|our palette and some colorful hearts|
|The bambini and their friend with happy hearts|
No? That's just me? Okay, let's move on...
You should be pretty much done now, and have hearts that look a little somethin' like this:
|I was leaning toward the eyeball heart, but I think the bunny tail is my fave|
|detail of the button pin|
Then, I'll simply scanned it and print it out (4 to a sheet) on some heavier stock paper. And, voila! pin a button to each card and you're good to go!
Have a happy February, everyone. I'd love to see some of your Happy Heart Buttons!