Skip to content

Valentine’s Day: An Excuse to Decorate

2013 February 6
by Becky

My non-valentine’s self has just been bursting with creative juices this year…all for a day I used to avoid like the plague.

Honestly, on these cold and dreary days I’m just desperate to come up with Ethan-friendly projects so they may as well be in the shape of hearts.

 

silhouette, silhouette cameo, Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations

 

Or maybe the whole idea sprouted from my desire to play with, as Ethan calls it, “Mama’s Magic Machine”. With a few clicks of my mouse we were surrounded by hearts in shades of pink, white, and red.

 

silhouette, silhouette cameo, Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations

 

Some white yarn from my knitting box with a spot of tape wrapped around one end for a “pointy tip”…perfect for sewing. (Did I just say “spot of tape?” Too much Downton Abbey). 

After showing him a few sample “stitches”, Ethan took over yarn duty. Soon he took over heart holding too, leaving me to pick up the colored hearts as directed. Half way through I realized what a great learning tool this is for colors…he even got the idea of “dark pink” and “light pink”.

 

silhouette, silhouette cameo, Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations

This was no quick activity. It took a nice long time. We chatted, listened to some tunes, weaving hearts and yarn till our garland was complete. Fine motor skills, check. The finished product looks lovely on our fireplace.

 

silhouette, silhouette cameo, Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations

I feel the love already.

But I didn’t stop there.

 

silhouette, silhouette cameo, Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations


And then yesterday I did something silly…offering to help Ethan’s preschool class celebrate the holiday with some garland supplies. We will be making a garland to hang in the classroom, plus assembling eight small sets, one for each student to make a garland to take home.

And, since I’ve had a few requests, I put the large garland up on my Etsy store. It comes assembled or in pieces for some family craft time fun. Either way, it’s $8 + shipping and I’ll get it out ASAP.

Etsy store, heart garland, valentine project, toddler valentine project, heart cut out, valentine decorations

I’ll be talking about more heart-shaped goodness on Friday. Oh yeah, I’m going now and can’t stop! Maybe there is a Valentine’s Day-lover in me yet.

HomiesButton

You may also like:

Visiting Ethan
Holiday Reflections
As Seen On...
11 Responses leave one →
  1. February 6, 2013

    Weaving at 2!!! That’s amazing. He’s unbelievable and so are you. Love the hearts.

  2. abbie permalink
    February 6, 2013

    Love the garland idea….I think it will be in our future! I know the boys will love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Becky permalink*
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks! Please post pics to FB when you do it! Would love to see your sweet boys crafting :)

  3. Grandpa Joe permalink
    February 6, 2013

    LOVE the posting,
    and who would have thought that
    the Magic Cut-out Machine would be a learning tool.
    WOW!

  4. February 6, 2013

    Um….I need the name and details of that machine like now. That is awesome!!!!!
    Jen recently posted..yep, I jinxed myselfMy Profile

    • Becky permalink*
      February 7, 2013

      Jen, it’s a silhouette cameo. I’ve had my eye on one for over a year and the hubs went WAY overboard and surprised me with it for my birthday. I’ve already put it to work in my Etsy store! :)

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. Valentine’s Day: An Excuse to Make Frosting |
  2. Foolproof Fort |
  3. Valentines Day (with Watercolor Valentines) |
  4. "You Are So Tweet!" Birdseed Heart Valentine

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

CommentLuv badge