Gifts of Love
Story and photos by Shannon Fisher
Fast and fun creations for Valentine’s Day
February is a time to celebrate love! Here are easy ideas for gifts of love.
Valentine mice can be made from saved toilet paper rolls. We always have so many rolls we save and try to reuse. Start with an empty roll and you can use paper, felt or foam sheets to decorate your mouse. We used paper and googly eyes. You can draw simple outlines for the ears and nose. Glue on eyes, whiskers, nose and ears. Let dry and you can fill with treats and add a note to roll up and put inside. Hope you enjoy making a sweet mouse for a sweet Valentine.
Thumb print rocks are another simple craft to make with smooth rocks or stones. Take a clean stone and using acrylic paint, dip your thumb and stamp two times on the rock or stone to make a heart shape. Allow to dry. You can add eyes and a mouth or a message of your love with a permanent marker. You can also draw a heart with glue and sprinkle with glitter while glue is wet. Allow to dry and shake off extra glitter. Easy and full of love!
Crayons in heart shapes make great gifts and help recycle leftover crayons that are broken or extra ones you may have. First, take an X-Acto knife or razor blade to slice down the side of your crayons if they still have paper. This will make it much easier to peel all of them. You can also soak the crayons in water to make the paper easier to rub off if you do not want to use the razor blades. You can now sort by colors or just break them all up in one bucket or bowl. Set your oven to 250 degrees. Use a heart-shaped silicone baking pan that will not be used for food in the future. Add the broken pieces to each shape. You can use circles or any other shapes if that is all you have as well. Set the baking mold on a cookie sheet to support it and place in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, until the crayons are completely melted. You may want to watch through the window to see that they have melted all the way. Once done, carefully take out and allow to cool completely. Once cool, you can pop them out of the mold and give away your colorful hearts. Note: parents must help with this craft and be aware of the smell melted crayons make. Try to open a door or window to lessen the toxic fumes and smell while the crayons are baking.
I hope you have a month full of love!
Shannon Fisher is a local wife, mom of two girls and owner of Shannon Fisher Photography. She taught high school and elementary art before opening her photography business.
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