We are up to our necks in hearts here.
We like hearts as art and craft subjects anytime of the year, but as we near Valentine’s Day it seems like it’s all hearts all the time.
Lately we’ve been making heart suncatchers with ribbons and lace and other fun materials and so I thought I’d share a quick post of how we did it.
Plus check out some book news and giveaways at the end of the post…
Heart Suncatchers with Lace and Ribbons
- Colored construction paper
- Transparent contact paper (you can buy this with shelving liner in grocery stores and drug stores)
- Collage items such as ::
- Ribbons (I look for translucent ribbons in the dollar bin at the craft store)
- Rick rack
- Lace and lace ribbons
- Washi tape
- Colored tissue paper
- Colored cellophane (or just use translucent colored index dividers as we did with this Valentine suncatcher craft)
- Heart cut outs (we used the paper bits off the backs of foam heart stickers, but you could cut out hearts from paper or use a heart punch)
- Yarn or string
1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Cut a half heart out along the fold. Open the paper to reveal the full heart.
2. Cut a piece of contact paper about the size of the construction paper. Remove the paper backing. Lay the contact paper on the table with the sticky side facing up. Center and press the construction paper frame over the contact paper.
3. Press your suncatcher collage materials to the sticky paper in any arrangement or pattern desired. To layer, you can use transparent tape to add elements over each other.
4. When your design is finished, add a second piece of contact paper to sandwich the collage materials inside. Cut around the heart to create a heart-shaped frame.
5. Hang in a sunny window or give as a Valentine’s Day gift. This is one of Maia’s suncatchers, above.
Alternately, you could make your heart suncatchers with washi tape borders as Daphne and I did on Monday.
These are just as beautiful (maybe even more so!) but a tad trickier to work with.
Basically, you tape a piece of contact paper to the table, sticky side up. Draw a heart on it. Then fill the heart area with lace and ribbon and washi tape. Add a second sheet of contact paper to sandwich the design inside, cut around the edge of the heart, then run a piece of washi tape along the edge of the heart as a frame and to attach it to the window.
The washi tape frame isn’t perfect and ends up being puckered because of the curved edges, but I still think it looks nice.
The Artful Year Book News & Giveaways
1. Today The Artful Year blog tour takes us over to Alissa Marquess’s blog, Creative with Kids, where she shares thoughtful and creative parenting solutions. Check out her post and photos about The Artful Year book and whom she recommends it for.
2. Rachel Macy Stafford from Hands Free Mama recommends The Artful Year book to her readers at the end of her amazing post on choosing love (I highly recommend reading this post! It brought tears to my eyes and made me reassess the way I interact with my kids.)
3. Did you catch Tinkerlab‘s super awesome post and giveaway yesterday? The giveaway is open through Sunday, February 8th…
4. The Artful Year has 20 reviews on Amazon so far! Here are excerpts from a couple of them ::
This is the line from The Artful Year that I absolutely love, “It is not about doing more. It’s about making choices, fostering creativity, and building family connection.” I admit, I am *NOT* a crafty mom and I get overwhelmed with Pinterest sometimes. The Artful Parent is my go-to resource to cut through the clutter and find creative projects my kids will adore. – Zina Harrington
I love the thoughtfulness behind each project/recipe and the way Van’t Hul encourages her readers to make seasonal traditions a part of their family life. – Ana Dziengel
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