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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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That puppet show is so down right creative! Great idea!
What great projects!
Such adorable ideas!
it’s so super cute! teachers will love this gift alot!
These projects are adorable! I really love the pencils cross-stitch. Thanks for sharing how you added cardstock to the embroidery hoop. :)
What a cute idea for teachers. I love the cross stitch element.
Adorable projects! Love the embroidery hoop and tag project, and the puppet show booth is really a cute idea for kids! So much fun!
What a fun group of projects…the puppet stand really caught my eye.
The puppet show is precious!
Love the puppet theater idea! So cute! I would have loved to have that as a kid!
Oh my, this is such a cute idea for a puppet theater!!
Super cute! Now I NEED to get the kissing booth stamp and die!
Awesome Valentine projects, love the interactive kissing booth!
I love the genius use of stamps, you just rock
Great projects, just love your hoop art tutorial
OH. MY. WORLD… a puppet show – this is genius! Love it! And so would my daughter ;-)
My students would love this adorable “stage” and puppets!
I always pick up great ideas from the team. So clever.
Super adorable and darling projects!! Love all the inspirations :)
Oh my gosh, the little puppet theater is so cute! I LOVE to use my stamps to make games and other activities for my grandson. I also used to use them when I taught crafts at a kids store. I am definitely going to do this!! THANKS for the idea.
Wonderful projects and inspiration! I love to cross stitch so this project is perfect! Great tips and instructions!
Love love love. The theatre Is a super clever idea. Kiss.
That puppet show booth and puppets are incredibly adorable!
Super cute projects! I love the embroidery hoop!
What a darling idea with the Popsicle sticks! Too Cute!