Friday, February 11, 2011

Hearts Valentine Mobile: Project #30 of 300 Crafts for Kids

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #30: Hearts Valentine Mobile
Crafts for all abilities! 
for Ages 3 Years and Up      

Kids Can Create This Beautiful & Festive Valentine's Day Gift or Decoration ♥ 

Supplies Needed:
  • 3 Heart Shaped Forms (create from cardboard or pre-made)
  • Valentine Colors/Patterns of Tissue Paper
  • White Glue that Dries Clear
  • Thin (1/4 to 1/2 inch wide)Red Ribbon
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Dry Cleaning Hanger or Wire Hanger
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Glitter (red, pink, or white)
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 30-45 Minutes Plus Drying Time
What To Do: 
  1. Either cut out 3 identical heart shapes (each about 6 inches across) from cardboard or take out your 3 pre-made heart forms.
  2. Squeeze some white glue into a craft bowl.
  3. Either cut different colors/patterns of tissue paper into pieces OR use one style for both sides of heart OR use different style for each side. You decide. We did one of each!
  4. Paint one side of the heart with the glue. Cover thoroughly.
  5. Put tissue paper onto heart and smooth down with glue that you brush over it.
    HINT: For the edges put a lot of glue on the brush and fold the tissue paper over to the other side with the brush. If using glitter, sprinkle over tissue paper while it's still wet.
    Make sure you use glue that dries clear.
    You want the white glue marks to disappear when dry.
    We made this one out of strips of different tissue paper patterns.
    The heart buckled up but went flat again once it dried.
  6. Repeat Steps 3 , 4, & 5 with each heart.
    We made this one the same on both sides.
  7. Set all aside and let dry.
  8. Once one side is dry repeat steps 3 4, & 5 for the 2nd side of the heart.
  9. Once dry punch a hole about 1/2 to 1 inch below the dip in each heart.
    Hole punch shown.
  10. Cut off 3 pieces of red ribbon each varying about 6inches, each 2 feet long.
  11. Thread one ribbon piece through each hole and use double sided tape to connect the ribbon to a part a few inches above the hole punch. Make another loop at the top end the same way. When all 3 hearts are completed set aside.
    Or you can tie off one end of the ribbon as shown here.
    I ended up redoing this and going with the double sided tape option.
    These 3 were done with double sided tape method.
    Shown here they all have only the bottom loop taped.

  12. Take your dry cleaning hanger and remove the narrow cardboard tube.
    Cardboard tube shown here.
  13. Put a strip of double sided tape across the entire top of the cardboard tube.
  14. Wrap a piece of red ribbon over the entire length of the tube until covered.
    I wrapped the ribbon leaving some space since my tube was white.
    I liked the way it looked.
  15. Place another strip of double sided tape across the entire top of the cardboard tube. This will hold the 3 ribbons with hearts onto it.
  16. Place each heart with ribbon onto the hanger until it looks the way you want it to.
  17. To hang on the ceiling use another piece of ribbon about 1.5 feet long, and tape to the ceiling at its midpoint.
  18. Wrap the 2 hanging ends over the covered tube to attach to the mobile.
  19. ENJOY! You're done! 
  20. Don't Forget to 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.
    Showing first side of the hearts.
    Showing 2nd side of the hearts.
    I left some ribbon dangling because I thought it looked nice :)
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 - especially the tissue paper pieces.

If it is too difficult for your child to work with tissue paper you can use construction paper or just cover with tin foil, or cover with glue and sprinkle glitter or sequins :)

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let your child choose what color tissue paper (or other material) is used.

Let him be proud of his very own creation! Display it in a prominent place in your home so he can be reminded of the beautiful creation he made and of how capable he is.

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by doing his own scissor work.

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from SeeryusMama "READ!" And now a few more words from her:
"A book about the power of the wind and all the fun things it can do is "Gilberto and the Wind" by Marie Hall Ets. This preschool book is perfect for this craft since the mobile will move with the wind made by family members passing by!"

Check out these FREE Valentine's Day Printables from the TwistyNoodle! suggests a lesson called a Signs of the Wind! A fun lesson that will teach children about how to detect the wind, learn which way its blowing, and learn how strong it is!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.   


Angela said...

Love this cute Valentines Day Mobile. You are very creative. My daycare kids would love to make these for valentines day. Thanks!
Angela wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

Angela, I hope you'll post a finished picture over on our facebook page:

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