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 ISSUE 47   •   3 FEBRUARY 2008 
   This issue: Valentine's Day crafts

Contents

1. Editorial
2. Easy kiss cards

3. Colourful heart bough
4. Patchwork heart cards
5. Beautiful heart suncatcher
6. Featured subscriber blog


1. Editorial

Hello and welcome to the Kids Craft Weekly Valentine's Day issue and the first newsletter for 2008. Were you starting to think that I wasn't coming back? I confess I had a really enjoyable break over Christmas and New Year and am still coming to terms with the fact that the holiday had to end at some point.

I hope that you enjoy the valentine crafts that I've put together for you in this newsletter. I've come across some other great Valentine's Day projects in the past week. For further inspiration, check out this cute egg carton heart over at A Little Hut, the fabric cards at The Purl Bee and the awesome valentine tea bags over at Wonder time. I really wish I'd had that idea – it's a great one!

Also, if you haven't checked out Whip Up lately you should go and have a look. They were featuring kid's crafts throughout the month of January and have published some great ideas there. Also, have a look at the new children's craft blog called Bookhou Craft Projects. The  outcomes are truly beautiful, but I suspect that they may prove a little difficult for young kids.

Don't forget it's Chinese New Year on February 7. I had been planning a special Chinese New Year edition but have been having trouble getting myself together in time! Seeing as the coming year is the 'year of the rat' it might be a good idea to check out the mouse issue for some ratty ideas. Thanks Dawn for the heads up.

Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!



Amber Carvan
editor@kidscraftweekly.com

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2. Easy kiss cards

These simple kiss cards are quick, cute and very appealing. Use them as simple valentines or as gift tags on a sweet valentine's day treat.

You will need:

• lipstick
cardboard
scissors
hole punch
ribbon
laminator (optional)

Directions:

1. Trace around an egg ring (or something similar) to make circular shapes on cardboard.



2. Cut out the circles.



3. Put on some lipstick and give each of the circles a kiss.



4. Write your valentine's message on the back of the card. Then laminate (optional) before punching a small hole and threading a ribbon through.



3. Colourful heart bough

The kids really enjoyed making these colourful hearts – it's such a 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 mobile. 

You will need

• different colours of paper
white glue and brush
sequins or glitter
scissors
tape
• twig

Directions

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.



4. Patchwork heart cards

Kids of all ages will really enjoy working with the glue and different coloured fabrics in this craft. An adult will have to help with precision cutting but that's only a small part of the activity.

You will need

fabric scraps
white glue and brush
cardboard
scissors

Directions

1. Fold some card in half, then fold it back out again. We used some blank cards that we had left over from christmas.



2. Glue on fabric scraps.



3. Allow to dry, then fold in half again and cut out a heart shape, making sure that you leave a folding edge intact.



4. And there you have a gorgeous patchwork heart card. I reckon they look great – good enough to frame!



5. Beautiful heart suncatcher

This craft seemed like a simple idea when I dreamed it up but in reality it was quite fiddly, thus the high difficulty rating. The results are spectacular but young kids will need plenty of supervision.

You will need:

different colours of cellophane
clear sticky contact
scissors
length of string

Directions:

1. Cut up different coloured cellophane into small pieces.



2. Cut three or four rectangles of clear contact. Fold them in half before peeling the paper off, then put cellophane pieces on one side of each of the contact rectangles.



3. When you've finished with the cellophane, line up the rectangles and lay a piece of string down the centre before folding the contact in half.



4. Cut around each side of the rectangles to make heart shapes. Be careful not to cut the string!



5. Hang near a window. They look great – my poor photo doesn't do it justice!




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