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.
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.”
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…
- Tin foil
- Red acrylic paint
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.
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