Hello and welcome to the
first newsletter for 2010! I've had a wonderful six week break from
Kids Craft Weekly and am feeling really motivated as we move
forward into the new year.
It's looking as though 2010 will be a year of change, and hopefully
progress, for our little family. I'm facing a period of unemployment at
the end of this month. While I'm very anxious about how I'm going to
make ends meet (!) I'm also pretty excited at the idea of having some
extra time for Kids Craft Weekly which remains a real passion for me.
If all goes well I'll hopefully have the chance to start on a website
re-design/overhaul and maybe even to put together an all-new book which
would be great fun. Also I have an amazing idea for an all new crafty
project but that's still a secret for now. We'll see how it goes
– a lot will depend on how long I can make those savings last for
But that's all in the future. For this issue
I've put together some of the most popular Valentine's Day crafts from
previous issues. If none of these ideas take your fancy I suggest you
head on over to The Crafty Crow because Cassi has put up some great new Valentine's Day Crafts.
You can expect a Chinese New Year newsletter next week which,
coincidentally, falls on Valentine's Day this year.
As always, thank you so much for your support – it's lovely to be back.
1. Trace around an egg ring (or something similar) to make circular
shapes on cardboard.
2. Cut out the circles.
3. Put on some lipstick and give each of the circles a kiss.
4. Write your valentine's message on the back of the card. Then
laminate (optional) before punching a small hole and threading
Colourful Heart Bough
kids really enjoyed making these colourful hearts – it's such
fun project, even for little ones. If you don't want to make the bough
you could use the hearts on cards, as gift tags or even on a
You will need
• different colours of paper • white glue
and brush • sequins or
glitter • scissors • tape •
1. Tear up pieces of colourful paper and glue them onto some thin card
using watered down white glue.
2. Add some bling for good measure and wait for the paper to dry.
3. Cut out heart shapes from the colourful paper – we traced
around a heart-shaped cookie cutter to get the hearts all the same size.
4. Tape the hearts to the ends of a twig.
5. And there you have a beautiful valentine's day bough to decorate
your home or to give to a special someone.
Valentine Sponge Stamps
This very simple idea can be
used in heaps of different ways to make
pretty cards, tags, giftwrap and other embellishments for valentine's
day. When you're finished you can wash your sponge stamp out with water
and keep hold of it for next year!
You will need
• dish sponge • marker • scissors • white acrylic paint • card or paper
1. Cut a heart shape from a dish sponge. We traced around our
heart-shaped cookie cutter but you could also just draw a heart and cut
2. Stamp onto red or pink card using white paint.
3. Trim around the edges and there you have a very sweet and simple
4. We used the same method to print hearts on brown paper –
great valentine's day gift wrap!
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