Monday, January 10, 2011

Hearts Bouquet with Sparkly Vase: Project #7 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #7: Hearts Bouquet with Sparkly Vase
for Ages 3 Years and Up

Makes a lovely gift for someone OR looks beautiful on a child's dresser!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Hearts Bouquet with Sparkly Vase
Hearts Bouquet Before Sparkly Vase is Added

Supplies Needed:
  • Approximately 10-12 Long Pipe cleaners
  • Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tube
  • White Glue
  • Sequins
  • Large Paint Brush
  • Cotton Balls
  • Masking or plain tape
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Deep bin (approx 8" x 6" x 8"). Using an 8" x 8" cake pan is a good idea
  • Newspaper (to keep work area clean and paint free)
Time Needed:
15-30 Minutes plus drying time

What To Do:
To Make the Hearts Bouquet: 
  1. Choose 10-12 brightly colored (or red + pink for Valentine's Day) long pipe cleaners.

  2. To create each heart you are going to weave the pipe cleaner over and under 3 of your fingers: Over your pointer, under your middle finger, and over your ring finger.

  3. Remove from hand and join end to the "stem" by twisting. Make any necessary adjustments to the heart shape.

  4. Repeat until you have enough hearts for a bouquet.

  5. To add some squiggles to your bouquet, take a pipe cleaner and wrap it repeatedly around your pointer finger.

  6. Repeat as desired.

  7. Gather all hearts and squiggles and join "stems" together by wrapping another pipe cleaner around the bottom portion of the "stems".

To Make the Sparkly Vase:
  1. Tape the bottom of the toilet paper tube until the opening is completely covered. Hint: this will be the bottom of the vase so keep it flat.

  2. Add cotton balls to the tube until almost filled to top, loosely packed.

  3. Holding the edges of the toilet paper tube (or cut about 4 inches off of a paper towel tube) liberally apply white glue to the outside of the tube with a large paintbrush.

  4. Pour sequins into the deep bin.

  5. Roll the toilet paper holder (freshly glued) into the sequins until fully covered. If you can not get good coverage this way, scoop up a handful of sequins, pour over the tube and press gently until they adhere. Repeat until satisfied with sequin coverage.

  6. Allow to dry completely.
To Combine Hearts Bouquet with Sparkly Vase: 
  1. Place stems of hearts and squiggles into the cotton balls (in the tube).

  2. Add additional cotton balls if necessary to keep the stems steady.
  3. Spread out hearts and squiggles to balance the vase.

  4. OPTIONAL: add a little glue to the top of the cotton balls that are showing, and sprinkle pink or red glitter over them!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by adding a special touch for the gift recipient. For example, if it's going to be given to Mom, he can make one of the bouquet items something particular to Mom. If Mom likes to read some of the bouquet items can be made to look like books! If it's for Dad and Dad's a football fan, some of the bouquet items can be made to look like footballs on stems!This kind of customization is only limited to fine motor skill and imagination!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

Your child may become very excited when touching and patting the sequins. Use a bin that is deep enough so that he can enjoy this activity and you don't have hundreds of sequins  spilling over the sides of the bin. Also, make sure it's a heavy bin so it's not easily tipped over. A heavy cake pan works well for this. 
If using the sequins is too much stimulation for your child, you can choose to just paint the tube as well! It can also be wrapped in gift wrap instead.

If your child's fine motor skills don't allow him to create the hearts by himself, assist him by going over and under his fingers for him. It can be a singing game. Over, under, over, and off! Twist, twist, twist! Next...
Let your child choose all the colors for his bouquet. This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:
    • Talk about bouquets. What is a bouquet? What is in a bouquet? Do you know the name of some flowers? What color flowers have you seen?
  • Read a book about flowers. How about "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert. In this book a mother and her child plant a rainbow of bulbs and seeds to make a beautiful garden of flowers in a rainbow of colors.
  • Draw as many kinds of flowers as you can imagine.
  • Learn to write the letter F for flowers and H for heart
  • Use these printable flower hearts to color!
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3oo Crafts for Kids
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6 comments: said...

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Michelle said...

Love this! Simple and easy and perfect to be featured at: :)

Darcey said...

What a great little gift for Valentines day. I love that you can personalize it too with different shapes depending on who it's from or who you give it too. I'll have to try this with my class. I've included this post on my weekly favorites here: said...

Thank you Michelle and Darcey! If you do these yourself please post your results at You'll be automatically entered into our weekly giveaway!

polwig said...

Great fun and easy project. Even just to make the pipe cleaner hearts would be a fun motor skill project with my kids.

Shannon said...

Great craft. Thanks for sharing!

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