Three Fun And Easy Valentine’s Crafts #BostikBlogger

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Once again this year, I have pushed home the idea that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all sorts of love and not just romantic love – although, aged four, Freya has already decided who is she going to marry and seems quite determined.

Anyway, we’ve gone a bit craft crazy because when she started thinking about all the people she loves, it was quite a list!

Here are three more fun and easy Valentine’s Day crafts, which we will be sending to various family members and friends.

Hearts and flowers card.

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We used:

Pretty card

Green card.

Red card.

Ribbon.

Our monthly craft box, which we receive from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots 100 Bostik Blogger, had lots of beautiful patterned paper and card in it this month, which we thought would be perfect for flowers.

We drew around a heart shape we already had and then cut them out. We folded them to make them look a bit more 3D (although not sure it actually makes much difference).

The stalks are made from green card and we positioned them on the red card first before sticking on the heart blooms. We then stuck on the pink ribbon to make it look like one of those hand-tied expensive bouquets.

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String heart.

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We used:

String.

Bostik White Glu.

Mini paper roses.

Baking paper.

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I’d say this was by far Freya’s favourite craft because she got to get her hands messy.

We started by drawing a heart on the baking paper and then dumping the string in a pot of glu (I diluted it the first time but it didn’t dry very well so we made the next ones with pure glu).

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Once is was well covered, we then bended it to made the shape on the baking paper and left it to dry over night.

It was really quite solid. I thought it looked a bit bare on its own so I wrapped a couple of the little paper roses around it.

It works well as a hanging decoration, stuck on a flower put or on a card (I think so, anyway).

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Salt dough hearts.

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Salt dough is an old favourite in our house – and we made these on a day Freya was home from school poorly.

Our tried and tested recipe is a cup of plain flour, a cup of salt and half a cup of warm water. This rolls out well and holds the shape. I know you can oven dry them but, as we’ve had the heating on recently, I just put them on a baking tray on top of the radiator for a few days (I turned them over when the top turned lighter) and job done.

Freya wants to write her name on the back but I also thought you could write a nice message on card and stick it on, in case it’s hard writing directly on to the salt dough.

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Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this blog post.

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A “Tea-rrific” Valentine’s Gift For Teachers #Bostikblogger

IMG_5449Ever since she went back after the Christmas holiday, Freya hasn’t liked school.

When we talk to her about what’s wrong there’s a different problem every day – “she hasn’t got any friends”, “the work is too hard”, “a boy pushed her”, “she can’t do maths’.

We’ve had tears and tantrums (and that’s just me) but once she gets there she’s absolutely fine – I often don’t even get a proper goodbye. Throughout it all her teachers have been brilliant; addressing her concerns as well as reassuring me that they are keeping an eye on her. As a result, I thought it would be nice to show our appreciation with a small thank you.

A quick search of Pinterest gave me a “tea-rrific” idea and, using the contents of our latest craft box, sent to us from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, we set to work.

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We used:

Foam hearts.

Corrugated card.

Ribbon.

Glu Dots.

Mini-pegs.

Heart doilies.

Assorted heart decorations.

Teabags (we later switched to individually wrapped for hygiene purposes, which was Mark’s idea.)

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I let Freya decorate the front of the hearts first. While I thought she would just stick on as many hearts as possible, she surprised me by carefully selecting each one (my baby is growing up!).

Step 2.

Using a Glu Dot, we stuck a heart on to the peg (so cute) and then the peg on to the ribbon. We then checked placement in relation to how big the teabag is (I didn’t want it to show from the front) and stuck the ribbon on accordingly.

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Step 3.

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After writing out ‘You’re tea-rrific” on five pieces of card (making sure to explain to Freya that it’s not actually how you spell terrific), I then asked her to sign her name on each before we stuck them on. Freya then decorated the back with stickers.

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We cut the ribbon to size and then stuck another heart at the top (if they want to put them up they can stick Blu Tack on the back).

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I think they look really pretty, I’m tempted to keep them!

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Our love-fest doesn’t end here either. We’ve got some more Valentine’s crafts coming up next week.

Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this post.

My love for you is like…a poorly crafted lump of salt and flour.

FullSizeRenderValentine’s Day. I’m not a fan. It might seem strange for a romantic fiction fan (and would-be writer of that genre) not to like what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year but perhaps that’s the problem – I don’t think it is a day for romance.

Last year I wrote about why I don’t enjoy it but how I’d decided that, as it seems almost impossible to ignore, I was going to teach Freya that the day didn’t just have to be about romantic love but all kinds of love. And that we should try and share that love and spread a little happiness.

And nothing says I love you like toddler crafts.

We went into production reasonably early with heart footprints and used our entire supply of glue to stick them on pretty card. We will send them to various family members in this country and one has even gone across the pond to my nephew in America.

We also had a first go at salt dough.

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As ever, Freya’s favourite part was washing up.

We used a cup of flour, a cup of salt and half a cup of warm water with some red food dye and it made a really nice, easy to use dough.

Once they were moulded into shape I put them in the oven while I was cooking her dinner but I forgot about them while I was feeding her so they were in for about an hour and the smaller ones went a bit brown. I think you can air dry them overnight, which I will try next time. I have big plans for salt dough at Christmas (oops, shouldn’t mention that in February!).

The thing I like most about crafting with a toddler is that you can blame the poor quality of whatever you make entirely on the child. It’s very freeing if you’re a bit rubbish at things, like me. I’ve got a long list, thanks to Pinterest, I want to try.

What about you, are you a lover of Valentine’s Day? Am I missing the point? What are your plans?