Puzzling Pinterest Project: Valentine’s Day Craft edition

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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A new year has brought about new Pinterest ideas for our quaint little project feature. With The Youngest days away from turning two, we’re in a place where she’ll be better suited to help out with out ideas, making them look even more like I had no hand in any of these than they already did.

Puzzling Pinterest Project (six I think), started out as a simple room decorating craft. I showed The Eldest this pin and told her we could do whatever she wanted.  I said nothing along the lines of making a Valentine’s Day craft and in fact I was hoping she”d say she wanted to draw Olaf the snowman.

“It doesn’t have to be the letter A,” I told her. “It can be anything you want.”

“Like the letter B?”

“Uhhhh, yeah, or anything.”

“Or C or D or E.”

“Sure, whatever.”

“Let’s draw a heart.”

And that’s how this project became a Valentine’s Day craft. The pin we’re copying looked to be done by either an adult or a wunder-child and since I can’t draw like that I figured I’d let the kids do the drawing.

So without further ado, here’s how we put together this craft.

What you’ll need: 10 to 20 minutes, a frame, some buttons, some glue, a pencil and some creative kids.

1.Buy yourself a bunch of random buttons (or rip all the ones you already have off your clothes).

Valentines Day 1We bought ours from Michaels, you can buy yours from anywhere or as I mentioned, just go through your closet and take all the buttons off of your partners shirts. I opted for a variety pack—different shapes (well I guess not, they were all circles), sizes and colours.

2. Ask your kid what they want to draw then make a connect the dots game of that thing.

We went through a few options as mentioned earlier. We hit pretty much every letter in the alphabet and then went through a few numbers before deciding on a heart. The Eldest wasn’t up for drawing things on her own so we compromised with a game of connect the dots. I’m a terrible illustrator myself so I wasn’t sure how my connect the dot heart was going to turn out.

3. Let them play the connect the dots game.

Valentines Day 2It turned out fine-ish. Keeping in mind this is a craft that I wanted kids to have a part in, I happily allowed our asymmetrical heart to pass. Actually, it was more like a real human heart than a Valentine’s Day version. We’re an anatomically correct family, I’ll leave it at that. One tip that I’ll pass on because we din’t do it is to keep the drawing lines faint and to use a pencil, just in case.

4. Hold the glue yourself and get them to pick out favourite buttons. Glue them to the drawing outline.

The glue part always scares me but scares my wife even more so. I’m truly not sure who she’d rather have control of the glue—The Eldest or me. It was my turn to try and as the kids picked over all the random buttons, I gathered them and started gluing them along the lines we had just drawn, trying as best I could to alternate colours and sizes and such.

To stick with our asymmetrical look I made the heart wider in some spaces than others, taking specific direction from the girls on when I should add a green heart button and when I should use a big black one.

5. Hang it up and dance around it.

Valentines Day 3You know what? I think it turned out pretty cool. It was a little bulky to get back into the glass fronted frame but it turned out about as good as I expect when I start off a project and complete it without the help of another adult. The original intention was to have this put up in a kids room but it’s too good to keep confined to one room that nobody else sees.

So, it’s in our bathroom. Come by and see it some time.

Happy crafting.

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