Davina and Hannah here - Last week we got talking about Valentine's Day and became really excited about each other's previous Valentines makes and thought it would be nice to share them on the blog. So here they are!
It couldn’t be much simpler, sillier or more adorable than taping your loved ones favourite teabag to a card. This would go marvellously with a date for afternoon tea. (Can you tell we are both tea addicts!)
8 Easy Steps to Make a Valentine's Top with your Toddler:
- Iron the top (use a white cotton top - its much easier to paint onto and will adsorb the paint better)
- Measure how much freezer paper you will need to cover the whole top, cut it out and fold it in half and draw half your heart on it at the fold
- Cut the half heart out and open your freezer paper to reveal full heart shape
- Iron the freezer paper stencil on (ensuring the shiny side is down facing the fabric)
- Put a piece of card (or envelope as I used) in between the top and bottom layer of top to prevent paint seeping through to the back of the top
- Now the fun bit! Paint the stencil with a small/ medium brush and allow to dry over night- kids love doing this bit and the freezer paper prevents bleeds so it will always look nice, no matter what they do!
- Un-peel the freezer paper from the top and place a clean tea cloth over the heart and iron the heart for at least 2 minutes (constantly moving) to set the paint permanently
- Your top is ready!
Liquid Chalk is amazing - you can buy it in any colour and it wipes off as easily as dry chalk. Its brilliant to write on glass with but can also be used on chalkboards for finer detail than dry chalk. Davina wrote the message 'You melt my heart' and then dripped some water from above to give the writing a melting effect. You can buy liquid chalk from most good stationary shops for about £3 a chalk.
This DIY was extremely simple, as Hannah used a sort of felted wool that doesn’t need hemming. It’s actually an old jumper that she kept (hoarding for the win) so it took 10 minutes to cut out then sew the hearts on. She could have sewn round the edges a few times but this is the crafty indolence we occasionally indulge in. Just for kicks, she sewed a big love heart on the butt too.
About seven years ago Davina embroidered a Valentine's message onto the reverse of Nick's pillowcase and last year she thought she'd try rubber stamping one. She used Yellow Owl Workshop's Fabric ink to make the message long lasting but if you wanted to write a temporary message you could hand write one using a dressmaker's air dry pen, which vanishes in 48-72 hours. Or you could use a fabric pen to make a permanent one in beautiful handwriting. If you have a font you like simply print it out the write size for your pillow and place in the pillowcase and trace it with fabric pen.
What could be lovelier than to receive a jar of wild flower seeds for valentines? We really likes gardening related Valentines. Remember this “hello sweat pea" card Hannah made? She was inspired by that idea to create this jar. Decorate an old jam jar with little hearts cut out from washi tape and stick a label to the front with your message on it. Or fill a mini envelope with seeds and stick it to a piece of folded card. If you don't fancy your hand lettering chances , you could rubber stamp a message. Nice perhaps for a greener fingered loved one.
We'd love to hear about any of your crafty Valentine's ideas for this year or previous makes. Please share with us via comments, Instagram, twitter or Facebook!