Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Heart Deco" Desktop Gift for Valentine's Day: Project #22 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #22: "Heart Deco" Desktop Gift
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
Crafts for all abilities! 
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A sparkly and beautiful desktop gift!
Stands on its own!
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Styrofoam Heart
  • Tissue Paper in Pink, Red, and Red foil cut into pieces about 1 inch square - sizes and shapes can vary
  • White Glue that dries CLEAR
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Pink Glitter
  • 2 Long Pipe Cleaners: one pink, one red
    Art supplies we used.
    We used some patterned tissue paper for this project.
Time Needed:
15 - 30 minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Pour glue into craft bowl and apply to top and sides of heart liberally with foam paint brush.

    Using a paper bowl makes clean up fast!
    Use a foam paint brush to apply glue to the heart.

  2. Apply one piece of tissue paper at a time, overlapping is encouraged
    HINT: It's easy to pick up the tissue paint with the paint brush
    Apply each tissue paper piece.

  3. Once entire top and sides are covered with tissue paper, add pink glitter to bowl of glue and mix thoroughly. You may need to add more glue.
    Don't forget the sides!

  4. Liberally apply the glitter glue over all the entire top and sides of the decorated heart. This will give it a lovely, glittery glow when dry.
    We added some pink glitter to our glue.

    It looked so pretty!

  5. Let dry completely.
    The glitter looks fabulous when the glue dries!
  6. Take your 2 pipe cleaners and twist them together.
  7. ADULT: On the BACK of the heart gently poke 2 holes. You DON'T want them to go all the way through to the front! Put one end of the pipe cleaners in one hole and the other end in the other hole.

  8. Adjust shape of pipe cleaners so that the heart stands up like an easel picture frame.

  9. You're done :)
    Happy Valentine's Day Grandma! (or Dad!)
    Side view of this beautiful Valentine's Day gift!

  10. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
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!
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.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to pick up each piece of tissue paper, hand each piece to him. You can even have him drop a handful over the heart and let them stick where they land. Any way it's done, it will look great!

All of our crafts are purposely forgiving - mainly because I'm no crafting expert myself! Go astray of the instructions. There are really only 2 rules here: 1) Let your child enjoy the creative experience and 2) Enjoy the one on one time with your child. It will be something you both look forward to!

If your child has an aversion to any of the supplies listed, please make substitutions.

It is only my intention to provide you with an idea and tell you how I did it. Please take liberties! Be creative! Do it your own way!
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose which tissue paper colors to use, how much, and where to put them! You also can't really overdo it with the glue that goes on top. JUST MAKE SURE TO USE CLEAR DRYING GLUE. It'll say it on the label!
Let him be proud of his very own creation!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by cutting out a photo of himself and gluing to the center of the heart. This beautiful project is already a wonderful gift, and adding a photo makes it that much more special!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from *SeeryusMama: 
READ! We just love "Pigs Make Me Sneeze" by Mo Willems as it talks about friendship.  Our friends are so important to us, but what would happen if we were allergic to one of them?  Oh no!  Thankfully, it works out for Elephant and Piggie.  Continue with the friendship talk and share what you love about your friends.

Practice the Letters G for Groundhog Day, Grandma, and Grandpa! This is a tricky letter and takes lots of practice. Use storytelling paper, or a chalkboard, or an adult can cut out a large letter G and let the child color it in. 

You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post your photos of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! 
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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

1 comment:

Party store said...

I love the all heart photos for the decorations.Thanks Valentines decorations | Valentine’s party

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