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Let’s Get Crafty this Valentine’s

There’s nothing better than giving those that you love something personal and homemade. This Valentine’s Day, why not get creative with the whole family and try your hand at these fun crafts. Using a variety of materials, gift someone a treat handmade with love.

Design an arty Valentine’s Card

What you need:

    • Card
  • Floral wrapping paper or magazine
  • Watercolour paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Fold your piece of card in half.
  2. Cut out some flower and foliage from your wrapping paper.
  3. Gather them into a bunch and stick onto the card.
  4. Sketch out your vase.
  5. Paint over your pencil drawing, adding stems onto your flowers.
  6. Glue on some string and bow.
  7. To finish, attach a Valentine’s message to your string bow.

String up your own love-heart necklace

What you need:

  • Air hardening modelling clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Threading cord
  • Clay shaping tool (or a skewer or chopstick)

Instructions:

  1. Mould small amounts of clay into heart shapes.
  2. Using the shaping tool, make a small hole in the centre of each heart.
  3. Paint the hearts and sprinkle glitter to decorate.
  4. Rest aside the hearts to dry overnight.
  5. Thread the cord through the finished clay hearts and tie into a knot.

Create some lovely hanging heart garland

What you need:

  • Coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions:

  1. Cut the card into strips about 1.5cm in width.
  2. To begin the garland, secure x4 strips of card in your hand.
  3. Staple on one end to secure, about 2cm in from the end.
  4. Splay the 2 outer strips and meet the ends together with another 2 strips.
  5. Staple the ends together as before.
  6. Repeat this process until you have the desired length of your garland.

Build a 3-D Cacti from cardboard

What you need:

  • Scrap cardboard
  • Ramekin dish or plant pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Marker pen
  • Brown paper

Instructions:

  1. Sketch out your cactus shapes on the cardboard and cut out.
  2. Make narrow cut slits using your scissors on each piece.
  3. Paint your shapes in your desired cacti colour.
  4. Using your marker pen, add the details once the paint has dried.
  5. Slot together your shapes to create your cactus plant.
  6. Using strong glue, stick down your cardboard plant onto the base of the ramekin.
  7. Cover the Ramekin with a strip of brown paper and glue to secure.