Monday, February 14, 2011

A Sweet Valentine's Craft

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this adorable little craft, but I can't. Someone at Michael's (the craft store) did, and it was an in-store make-and-take from a couple weeks ago. Since I'd signed up to do the class craft at the Valentine's party today, I drug Sam (and a friend, and her son and daughter) to the store to learn how to make them (and, as you might imagine, chaos insued). But the craft was easy, and cute, and when I took it to school for the kids to make, they had a lot of fun with it.

Here's how to make them:



1. Take brown (or brown and white) modeling clay (we used Crayola--it's nontoxic and air dries) and shape into a truffle/bonbon/candy shape of your choice. You can then embellish with "icing" stripes in white, or little red cherries (see above).



2. Put "candy" in a mini cupcake wrapper.


3. Take some kind of wire (in the store, they used pipe cleaners... I used cloth wrapped florist wire), and fashion into a loop that will hold a photo. There are different ways of doing this. What worked best for me was putting the wire into a skinny u-shape, and then starting at the bottom of the u, twist the wire around a pair of needle-nosed pliers until I had several loops. Then I'd clip off the bottom a little with wire cutters so the wire would be more stable when I stuck it in the "candy".



4. Stick the wire in the "candy". You might have to mush the candy part down a little so that it is stable and will stand up by itself.

5. Insert a photo of your choice inside the loops. Give it to someone you love. :-)

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. So cute! I bet the boys had so much fun making those!

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