Wednesday, January 13, 2016

So Sweet!! Valentines Day Dollar Store Crafts!

Did you know that they change the messages on the conversation hearts to match the times?  Every year they actually change the sayings?!  I thought that was a "cool" bit of trivia for you!  Read more about it at Candy hearts
To read about how they got the sayings in 2015 go here pugs and kittens
And to see how they are made visit this website Necco candy hearts

Today I have for you a couple of really easy Valentines day crafts.  I got most of my supplies from the dollar store.

For the first craft you will need:

  1. Coke glasses (I used the small ones, but the larger size would work also)
  2. Decorative paper.
  3. Low temp glue gun
  4. glue sticks
  5. carnation type artificial flowers
  6. foam hearts
  7. floral wire
  8. ribbon
  9. glitter
  10. glue
  11. pencil

1.First take your foam hearts and glue them together with a wire on the inside.  My wire was 5 inches long.  I took a heart put a small amount of glue on it layered the wire on and then put another heart over that.  Make sure to hold it while it dries.  This will be your cherry!

2.Now remove 3-4 blooms off of the stems.  I just gently pulled them off.  I used three but if you have a larger glass or you want a  fuller top you can use more.  I glued these together to form a larger bloom.  I  just glued the petals together in several places and I also put glue on the stem ends and tried to hold them together.

3.I wanted a little bling, so I put some glue on the tips of the petals and sprinkled clear glitter on them. You can brush the glue on with a paintbrush. The glitter I used looked like sugar, but you can use any type you like.  Make sure to let this dry before proceeding!

4.  I pushed the wire of the "cherry" into the flower and glued it in at the base.  After the glue dried I bent the wire around the base, or you could cut it off with wire cutters.

5.  I made a paper straw by cutting some craft paper into a 5x3 inch rectangle and wrapping it around a smooth pencil. ( Or you could use a real straw if you have one!).  After I got the paper all wound up in a cylinder shape I glued the edge down.  I then cut mine in half.  I used one for each "sundae".
I then put an ample amount of glue on one end of the straw and glued it into the flowers.

6.  Finally, I put glue around the rim of the glass and pushed my flower onto it.  I did have to hold some pressure in different spots around the rim of the glass to make it stick as the glue was drying.  Be careful not to burn your fingers.   I used a low-temp glue gun for this project.
7.  Add a ribbon bow if you would like!

How cute is this!!  It would be a great little teacher gift for Valentines day.

For the second craft you will need:

  1. Assorted candies of your choice.  I used Twizzlers, Conversation Hearts, Necco, and red hots.
  2. Graham Crackers
  3. Empty Tissue Box (square type)
  4. Low temp glue gun
  5. glue sticks
  6. craft paper
  7. marker
  8. cardboard or stiff paper
  9. Scissors
  10. Patience!  This craft was a little tricky but I love the results!
First I constructed a house out of graham crackers.  I glued the crackers together to form the sides.  Then I glued these to a tissue box.  I made a roof out of crackers and held it together as it dried.  after it dried I removed the roof and used it for a pattern to make the  inside triangles.  I traced the shape, cut it out with scissors and glued it to the crackers.  after this dried I glue the roof to the house.   I used twizzler candies to help hold it together and hide the seam. ( Frosting would also work for this if you have some and are handy with cake decorating!)
After I constructed the house I just began to decorate it with the candies.  It was so much fun to make and I love how it turned out!  Use your imagination and decorate it however you wish!  Just make sure the items aren't too heavy.

Glue two graham crackers together to form side walls.  I had to hold them together gently while the glue dried. 
Glue walls to the box.

An assortment of candies

Making the roof.  Trace the triangle to get the right shape.

Cut out the triangle.  Glue it into place on the roof.  I had to
trim the bottom of mine a bit to make it fit.


I hope you enjoyed today's craft!  It's back to the Laundry room tomorrow!  Please post pictures of your crafts on the facebook page or in the comments.  I would love to see what you've done!

Enjoy the journey and seize the day!
๑Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ๑*¨*• Barbara •.¸¸..๑Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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