I have admitted before that I am not the biggest fan of Valentines Day...
BUT I do like hearts...
and I do have a little girl who thinks Valentines Day is amazing!
So..I have been doing some Valentine crafting.
and I have been itching to make some hearts with them...
so that is just what I did!
This is pretty simple...
so lets cut to the chase!
- Pipe cleaners
- Scissors (or wire cutters)
- Optional: Bakers Twine or ribbon
- Optional: Heart cookie cutter (for shaping hearts)
Now there are two options when making the hearts. Here they are!
Here is the first option.
1 - Fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart
2 - Wrap the end down and twist them together.
3 - Hold the bottom, and using your fingers round out the top n either side of your original fold.
4 - All done!
But I thought some people might have a bit of a harder time forming the heart...so out came the cookie cutter, and the second option.
1 - fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart.
2 - Lay a heart cookie cutter on the table.
3 - Hold the fold into the heart indent at the top, and wrap one side down to the bottom, and them the other - you will be using all of your fingers for this...but it is totally doable.
4 - Twist the two ends together once (if you are planning to link them) or 2-3 times if they will be "stand alone" hearts (like on the bakers twine example). There may be some excess, depending on how large your cookie cutter is.
- Start with one heart; with a second heart, gently untwist the bottom (doing your best to keep its shape); Hook one side through the complete heart; add another complete heart to the other side; twist the bottom of the second heart back together. Continue this pattern until you have the desires length.
- Finish by trimming excess pipe cleaner.
To String on Twine:
- Trim excess pipe cleaner of the bottom
- Just simply add the finished hearts to the string and hang - the hearts will be free to move around. If you do not want them to move around, twist the string around heart heart once or twice or make a knot.
I just love the sweet simplicity of these little hearts.
They are sweet as garlands on the fireplace, mirrors,
picture frames, party backdrops...
mine are on an old window on my porch!
They are so easy to make that even my girlie is making them...
our house will be covered in pipe cleaners!
What's your favorite Valentine Craft?