Valentine Heart Necklaces.

We have been having fun before Valentine’s Day.

Because Sophia is 3 years old now, she understands more, so I can explain her the traditions and the history of Valentine’s Day. I am not sure if she gets all of it, but some of the stuff she really recognizes: hearts, chocolate candies, flowers, hugs and kisses:)

One of our project last week was making Valentine Heart Necklaces, which took us a few days, but it was really fun and I would love to share it with you.

Salt Dough Valentine Heart Necklaces.

Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
Bake for 1-2 hours at 200 degrees until dried out.
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We cut them out using heart cookie cutters and added a hole before baking.
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After baking,we painted the hearts using acrylic paint.
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When the paint had dried, we cover them with acrylic sealer. Finally, we added 25″ long skinny ribbon and made lots of bright pretty necklaces.
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Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wand

Valentine’s Day is coming and we start getting ready for this romantic, special holiday.

Our daughter is the real princess, so to make her games even more fun, I decided to fix some handmade magic wands for her.

Because Valentine’s Day is so close, I made them Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wands.

The best thing about them, you can even use them for decorating your house.

I am on my way to finish a few more, but can’t wait to share with you this tutorial.

Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wand.

Supplies:

Colourful bits of felt ( I had some left from my last project, but also got sparkly red one)
embroidery floss
wooden dowel sticks ( you can find them different sizes at any craft store)
wool or string (spun for wrapping the stick), I personally used sparkly string
wool fleece (for stuffing)
craft glue
narrow ribbon
pretty things to embelish with – think buttons, beads, shells.

It depends what you will use, but first step you wrap your wooden stick with the wool or sparkly string, using the craft glue. Start wrapping up the stick; you will cover in your blunt end as you go, add more glue every few inches but don’t be too generous or it will get messy and set hard and nasty.

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 Now for ribbons.
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Cut three, four, five lengths of narrow ribbon in whichever colours you like/have. Cut the ends on a diagonal so they are less likely to fray) then tie them all together in a knot close to one end.
Thread your needle with a new piece of floss (two strands the same colour you used to sew the outside edge) and knot the ends. Sew in and out through your ribbons around the knot til you are sure it is quite secure and sew it to the string to the stick a bit like you are sewing on a button. When you can give it a good strong tug and it doesn’t budge move on.
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Now for your top bit. Cut out two pieces of felt in the main shape and one smaller piece either the same shape or something else you fancy. Take one of the main pieces and attach the the smaller one however you like – make sure that you hide your knots and ends. After it is secure you can embelish a bit if you want to, or not. If you are making it for a child younger than three I would say not – all the pretty bits are choking hazards; but you could embroider some pretties on.

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When you are done sew the two main pieces together; first check where you want your stick to sit and starting just to the side of where it will come out, stitch up and around leaving about an inch or so open at the bottom/side for stuffing.
Using  your fingers stuff gently – aim for it to be firm but not fat – you can add a little right at the end before you close it if you need to.

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Keeping the thread attached; poke the stick up inside your wand top and give it a wiggle til it sits nicely. Holding it firmly against your beginning stitches begin sewing your hole closed by sewing into both the felt and the wool around the stick – you can stitch all aroudn the stick this way and then blanket stitch the last of the hole closed.

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Now give it to your little one and let her make as much wishes as she wants!!!!

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Happy coming Valentine’s Day!!!!!