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Can you feel it? Love Is in the Air! Our January Release is filled with ways to show your love, so this week we're sharing some inspiring ideas for crafting thoughtful Valentines for your favorite people. Join us through Sunday for projects with lots of heart ❤️.
Love Is in the Air — Kids & Teachers
You’ll LOVE the projects Stephanie is sharing today celebrating kids and teachers. If you create Valentine’s for these awesome people, today’s tutorial is just what you’re looking for!
Hi everyone and welcome to our Love Is in the Air promotion for 2020. For the next three days I'll be sharing some projects with you that are great to make for Valentine's Day, or really any day of the year.
As much as I enjoy creating love-themed projects that are specific to Valentine's Day, they sometimes end up in a closet because they aren't useful all year round. So this year I wanted to share a few ideas for ways you can keep it love-themed but also gift something that can be used throughout the year.
First up today, I have two projects to share — one for kids and one for teachers.
For the teacher project, I created a stitched embroidery hoop using paper crafting supplies. Adding card stock into the center of an embroidery hoop is actually a lot easier than it seems. To make it lie smooth and flat, remove the inner ring and trace it onto the card stock you want to add to the hoop. Once you have it traced, use the pencil mark as a guide to cut a circle about a 1/2" larger than the pencil line. You can then go around the entire circle and cut little slits up to the pencil line. This will allow you to easily fold up the circle and adhere it to the center ring.
Before I adhered the ring to the card stock circle, I die cut the inner portion of the Cross-Stitch Bookmark Die-namics across the center of the circle, making sure to center it so it reached both sides. I used a 5" embroidery hoop so it fit perfectly across.
I used Scor-tape and added it all the way around the outside of the inner ring before removing the adhesive backing. I positioned the ring on the back of the cut-out circle (so the pencil marks weren't visible) and folded up the tabs until it was completely adhered to the ring.
To create the stitched portion, I used one of our downloadable cross-stitch patterns and used the center area of the design. I always like to color the squares of the pattern with Copic markers first so the white doesn't show through the stitching, and so I have a guide to follow. I just match the marker colors up to the thread I want to use and it works great! Tapestry needles have a pretty dull end so they're great for kids to use if they'll be helping with the stitching.
To complete the project I added some stamped sentiments and created a love-themed tag in coordinating colors. The tag is perfect for a Valentine's gift, but the project can be displayed all year round. :)
For the kid's project, I wanted to create something super cute that a child could help create for classmates or enjoy as a gift. I thought the new Kissing Booth stamp set would work great as a puppet show and I was right! I love this little project.
I stamped out the images I wanted to use, colored them with Copic markers, and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I also die cut an additional 4 of each of the die shapes and glued them all one on top of another to create a thick die-cut piece. I added the colored ones on top to complete the assemblies.
To create the puppet show booth, I cut out a piece of card stock to 5 1/2" x 3 3/4". I scored it 2" from each end and put the die-cut booth on the center part of the card stock panel to draw the rectangle opening. I used an Exacto knife to cut a window slightly larger than the pencil mark and adhered the booth on top. This allows it to stand on the end of a table for the show!
To create the puppets, I added some liquid glue to the back of each character and attached a popsicle stick to each one. This is such a fun little project that can be played with year-round!
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Yayyy!!! Thank you so much for the generous prize! So super excited and grateful! Off to go shopping! 🤗
Absolutely adorable! Love the puppet show! So creative and perfect for kids’ projects! tfs Hugs, Christine
These projects are so adorable!! I LOVE the puppet show idea; so fun!!
What fun projects!
amazing projects, so creative!
Such creative projects!
That puppet theater is just a genius idea! What a cute idea for a class or young child.
What a great idea to create a puppet show!
Such a clever idea to make stick puppets out of those adorable critters. Super cute.
So very cute and innovative!
The puppet show is so clever.
I never thought of a puppet show with stamps. What a delightful gift.
These projects are adorable! The puppet show is perfect for little ones, and I am sure any teacher would love to have that embroidery hoop wall art piece, the gift tag is the perfect companion. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great weekend!
I love your cross-stitch idea, very creative and thanks for sharing how you used the paper in the hoop!
Oh my gosh! The preschool teacher in me is in love with the puppets and puppet show theater! I think I know what I’m going to do for my little for Valentines Day… Thank you!
I love these projects especially the puppet stage! The hoop project is so creative – I’d really like to try the cross-stitch some time so your instructions were particularly helpful.
These are really fun looking projects to try. I like the tips for creating the cross stitched hoop project. I like the puppet show stage.
What a great gift that would be appreciated by a teacher.
Cutest projects ever! I work at a preschool and our kiddos would love those stick puppets and the stage. Such great ideas.
Love the puppet show.
I love the idea of using the stamps for puppets! As a teacher I always use my craft supplies in my classroom / school for so many projects!
Those little puppets are adorable and I love the teacher gift. How cute.
Such cute ideas for Valentine’s.
Fabulous inspiration – OMG – these stick puppets were things I used to create as a child – love that they are now trendy – LOL!!
Love these projects!!!! So cute!