65 • 3 FEBRUARY 2009
Icy cold heart pops
Sweet and simple valentines
4. Colourful heart bough
5. Pretty in perspex heart garland
6. Photo comp winner for December
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cold heart pops
know that some of you are freezing cold but these
icy cold heart pops have been going down a treat in the extreme heat
that we've been experiencing lately! We have only tried with watermelon
but I reckon you could also experiment with rockmelon and pineapple and
other fruits that can be easily cut and frozen.
You will need
• heart-shaped cookie cutter
• pop sticks
1. Cut slices of watermelon about 10 – 15 mm thick and use
cutter to make watermelon shaped hearts.
2. Carefully stick in the pop sticks at the bottom of the heart then
pop into the freezer.
3. They look even prettier when they're frozen!
And they taste delicious – even to a boy who claims not to
and simple valentines
This very simple idea can be used in heaps of different ways to make
pretty cards, tags, giftwrap and other embellishments for valentine's
day. When you're finished you can wash your sponge stamp out with water
and keep hold of it for next year!
You will need
• dish sponge
• white acrylic paint
• card or paper
1. Cut a heart shape from a dish sponge. We traced around our
heart-shaped cookie cutter but you could also just draw a heart and cut
2. Stamp onto red or pink card using white paint.
3. Trim around the edges and there you have a very sweet and simple
4. We used the same method to print hearts on brown paper –
great valentine's day gift wrap!
Colourful heart bough
kids really enjoyed making these colourful hearts – it's such
fun project, even for little ones. If you don't want to make the bough
you could use the hearts on cards, as gift tags or even on a
You will need
• different colours of paper
• white glue
• sequins or
1. Tear up pieces of colourful paper and glue them onto some thin card
using watered down white glue.
2. Add some bling for good measure and wait for the paper to dry.
3. Cut out heart shapes from the colourful paper – we traced
around a heart-shaped cookie cutter to get the hearts all the same size.
4. Tape the hearts to the ends of a twig.
5. And there you have a beautiful valentine's day bough to decorate
your home or to give to a special someone.
Pretty in perspex heart garland
The transparent plastic sheets used for this craft have a fabulous
weight to them – the kids love the feeling of painting on
them and when they're dry they hang beautifully.
You will need
• transparent plastic sheets
• acrylic paint
• heart-shaped cookie cutter
• needle and cotton
1. Paint with red and white paint onto transparent plastic sheets. You
can experiment with different textures using various brushes and
When they dry they look great and have a textured side and a smooth
2. Make lots of heart shapes by tracing around a heart-shaped cookie
3. Cut them out and use a needle and cotton to sew them into a pretty
4. Make it as long as you want and then hang it from a doorway or
window and watch it blow in the breeze.
My photos don't do this
justice! It's really such a pretty object. If you make
your own please send in your own photos.
December Photo Comp Winner
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