Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine's 101 - Set # 2 for Relief Society Meeting


Cardboard Tube Cupid

 

What you'll need:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Acrylic paint: flesh (we used a peach color), pink, white, and black
  • Paint brush
  • 1" strip of white construction paper
  • 1 gold glitter chenille stem
  • 1 red glitter chenille stem
  • 1 silver glitter chenille stem
  • Pencil
  • Small scrap of peach felt
  • 2 cotton balls
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors

How to make it:


  1. Paint cardboard tube with flesh-colored paint and set aside to dry. 
  2. Bend about 2/3 of the gold chenille stem into a letter "D". Twist to secure and trim the remaining long piece of chenille off to make the arrow, set aside.
  3. Bend the end of the red chenille stem into a small triangle; this will be the point of your arrow. Twist to secure and trim long end off. 
  4. Take remaining red chenille and bend the end into a red heart; this will be the back end of your arrow. Twist to secure and trim off excess.
  5. Take the remaining piece of gold chenille that you set aside. Twist one end onto the arrowhead and one end onto the heart.
  6. Lay the bow on the table and glue the arrow across the front of it.
  7. Cut the silver chenille stem in half.
  8. Bend both halves into tear drop shapes and twist the ends to secure. 
  9. Apply some glue around the bottom of the painted cardboard tube, about an inch up from the bottom. Glue the 1" wide strip of white construction paper around the tube and trim any excess, this is Cupid's diaper. 
  10. Stand the tube on end, diaper toward the bottom. Poke a hole on each side of the tube with a pencil where you want the wings to go. Insert the twisted ends of the chenille wings into the holes.
  11. Unroll two cotton balls.  Place some glue on the ends of both cotton balls and attach to the top of the cardboard tube as the hair.
  12. Lay the cardboard tube down on its side, wings sticking out to the left and right.
  13. Glue the bow and arrow to the front of the cardboard tube. Allow to dry completely. 
  14. Cut two small circles from flesh-colored felt and glue to the front of the bow as the hands.
  15. Use a cotton swab or a roughed up paintbrush to dab some pink paint on for cheeks.
  16. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to dot on two white eyes. Let dry. 
  17. When white is dry, dot on black.

Tips:

  • You may substitute two small wiggle eyes instead of painting the eyes on.
  • If you don't have peach felt, use the peach paint to paint a small piece of construction paper or cardboard and cut the circle hands from that.
  • Stock up on construction paper and felt for tons of fun projects!

Heart Lollipop Valentine’s Day Card


What you'll need:

  • Pink colored glitter glue
  • White cardstock
  • 1 wooden skewer
  • Colored strips of ribbon (2) 1/4" and (1) 1/8" wide
  • Large plastic clear crystals
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun
  • Heart-shaped polystyrene/craft foam
  • White glue
  • Scissors

How to make it:

Step 1: Card Template
  1. Fold white cardstock in half.
  2. Trace polystyrene heart onto cardstock.
  3. Cut out heart leaving a fold line at top of card. Make sure the card heart shape is small enough to fit nicely on the front of the polystyrene heart.
Step 2:  Making the Heart
  1. Glue heart card to front of heart-shaped polystyrene using white glue.
  2. Cover the front and sides of heart shaped styrofoam with pink glitter glue.
  3. Dip styrofoam heart in a bowl of plastic clear crystals. Let it dry.
  4. Cover back of card with pink glitter glue.
  5. Dip again in clear plastic crystals. Let it dry.
Step 3: Lollipop Stick
  1. Twist and glue one piece of 1/4"x10" colored ribbon around stick.
  2. Twist and glue a second piece of 1/8"x10" colored ribbon around stick.
  3. Trim off excess ribbon.
  4. Pierce tip of skewer into bottom end of polystyrene heart.
  5. Glue a piece of 1/4"x 7"ribbon end to inside front bottom card.
  6. Glue a piece 1/8" x 7" ribbon end to the back inside bottom card.
  7. Tie both ribbons together.
  8. Cut a piece of 1/4"x 15" ribbon.
  9. Tie a bow around the base of heart. 

Tips:

  • You can replace crystal glass with 3D fabric paint and design your own lollipop.

Foam Roses


What you'll need:

  • 1 ½ green chenille stems (per flower)
  • Red craft foam
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue or hot glue gun

How to make it:

  1. Set aside the ½ chenille stem for a later step. Take the full chenille stem and bend it in half. Starting at the bent end, twist the chenille stem around itself all the way up. When you reach the end trim it to make it even if needed.
  2. Cut out 1” tear drop shapes from the red foam, you will need 7 of these.
  3. Cut out ¾” tear drop shapes from the red foam, you will need 3 of these.
  4. Lay a 1” tear drop on the table, point side down. Glue the open end of the twisted chenille stem to the red tear drop petal.
  5. Glue a second tear drop behind the first tear drop (point side down), most of the tear drop in back will be visible. Repeat on the other side. Repeat again on each side, gluing them in a curved fashion (similar to a half circle). When you are done there should be one petal in the middle and 3 on each side.
  6. Glue one of the smaller tear drop petals on top of the green chenille stem. Glue the other two smaller petals overlapping the first one, point side down.
  7. Once these are all dry, bend and curve the foam petals to join both rounded sides together to form the flower. Glue in place and hold until dry, hot glue comes in handy here.
  8. Use the ½ chenille stem to bend the leaves into shape and twist around the stem.

Tips:

  • Craft foam can be purchased in precut shapes or in sheets.
  • If using a hot glue gun, be sure to get a low temp one and follow the instructions carefully. 
  • Make a bouquet of these roses and place in a decorated baby food jar! 

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