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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!
Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, I decided to go see what sort of decorations we had stored down in the basement. Unfortunately, my search proved fruitless and I was quite disappointed with my utter lack of Valentine’s Day crafts and decorations.
When I came back upstairs, 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, she sat at the table feverishly cutting out paper hearts. As I watched her, I realized that I was excited too and I wanted to come up with a “keeper” craft for Valentine’s Day. You know, something she could pull out of a box and hang up each and every “Love Day.”
So, I went spelunking in my pantry to see what I could find. The contents were a bit slim and promptly reminded me that I needed to go shopping.
But, as I reached farther back into the depths of the pantry, I found one really big roll of twine. I stared at it for a moment trying to decide what we could do with it. I looked back at all of her paper hearts and the idea hit me. We would make string hearts! Better yet, what about a string heart garland? (Or, should I be calling them twine hearts since they’re made from twine? Oh, well.)
When we were finished, we could hang our string hearts garland from the fireplace mantle so she could see it every time she watched tv!
How To Make String Hearts For Valentine’s Day
String Hearts (Twine Hearts) Materials:
- Tin foil
- Red acrylic paint
String Hearts (Twine Hearts) Directions:
Step 1: Make a heart mold out of tinfoil. Take an 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 string hearts. Mix well. Add 2 tablespoons red acrylic paint.
Step 3: Cut your twine. I measured out two 3 foot lengths for each twine 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 the cookie sheet into the 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 the heart.
Step 6: String piece of twine through the hearts to make an intertwined heart garland.
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