Kids Craft: Intertwined Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and I have been a little disappointed with my utter lack of Valentine’s decorations.  Now that my children are getting a pinch older, I am surprised by how excited they get over holidays. Every holiday brings it’s own special kind of excitement. Especially a holiday like Valentine’s Day.

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When I asked my daughter why she was looking forward to Cupid’s special day, I was expecting something along the lines of getting to eat candy. Instead, my adorable daughter told me:

“Because it’s for loving. We get to tell each other how much we love each other.”

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The next morning as she sat at the table feverishly cutting out paper hearts, I thought we could come up with a “keeper” craft for Valentine’s Day. Something she could pull out and hang up each and every Love Day.

So I went spelunking in my pantry and found one really big roll of twine…

Intertwined Hearts

INTERTWINED HEARTS

Materials:

  • Twine
  • Tin foil
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Red acrylic paint

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Directions:

Step 1: Make a heart mold out of tinfoil. Take 8 inch by 12 inch sheet of tinfoil. Fold into a strip 1 inch wide. Once you have your strip, fold over again to a half inch strip. Sharply crease your strip. Shape into a heart shape. Tape open ends together. Place on a tin foil covered cookie sheet.

Step 2: Mix up your paper mâché paste. Mix equal parts water with flour. I used 1 cup flour, 1 cup water. This was enough for 6 twine hearts. Mix well. Add 2 tablespoons red acrylic paint.

Step 3: Cut your twine. I measured out two 3 foot lengths for each heart. Dip into paper mache paste and thoroughly coat. Squeeze excess glue off the twine. Lay into heart molds.

Step 4: After all of your hearts are filled up put cookie sheet into oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour. After 1 hour turn off oven and let sit for another hour.

Step 5: Un-mold from hearts. Cut tinfoil mold with scissors and unwrap from heart.

Step 6: String piece of twine through the hearts to make an intertwined heart banner.

Thanks for reading!
Daniele

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Comments

  1. steph says

    Love the idea! Great for colored Easter egg shapes too! Or or or…..so many other shapes come to mind. Thank you for the great inspiration!

    • Lotta says

      Hmmm… Would be real cool with silver or gold paint (or yellow) for Christmas – shaped like stars – for the windows…

  2. Sofia says

    Hi, I’m from Holland. I can’t wait to try this out! The garland is wonderfull.
    Just one question, do you mean 200 degrees fahrenheit or Celsius for the oven?

  3. Siska says

    This is lovely! I’d like to make the garland with different shapes, is it ok to use metal cookie cutters?
    Thanks so much!

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