I’m late to the party as usual. Friday is Valentine’s Day and I’m just now getting around to posting anything remotely related to the holiday. I’ve got a couple of projects for you today that are easy enough you could pull them off if you’re like me and just a smidge behind the times.
The first is this simple Valentine banner. I used hearts cut out from felt and hot glue to make them, then I used twine and sewed them with a simple stitch. I used some cuttlebug dies to make the hearts. In order to get the felt through my cutting machine, I had to cut them into these small squares. After pulling out the hearts they were these cute squares with a heart cut out of the middle. I couldn’t just throw those away, so I used them as well. My daughter and I made them in about an hour.
The reason I was cutting hearts out in the first place was so we could make these little love bugs in Cub Scouts. I’m in charge of the Wolf Den, and I had 6 8 year old little boys coming over who needed a project to do. I wanted them to think about giving service this week in their families so I decided we would make these love bugs. Once they boys do a service for someone, they will leave the bug for that person. The next person then needs to do a service and pass the bug along. It’s the kind of bug you want to see go through your whole family. 🙂 They were really simple to make. I cut 2 U shapes out of felt and a whole bunch of hearts. I sewed around the curved edges of the U shape, but you could hot glue as well. The boys stuffed the body with stuffing and brought it back to me. I put hot glue around the entire rim of the body and some in the middle over the stuffing as well then pressed the body onto some felt. I trimmed away the extra felt on the bottom then gave it back to the boys to decorate. We added heart feet and wings then the boys went to town. I wish I would have thought to take a picture of their creations, they really got creative. One bug had a jet pack, another had 8 eyes. They were all darling. The boys used tacky glue to add their extra touches. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I didn’t take process pictures because I was trying to keep the boys from gluing everything to my table, so if you need clearer instructions, let me know.
I wrote a little poem for the boys to read to their families to explain how it worked. I heard back from a few of the parents how excited the boys were to sit their families down and share it with them. There’s still time to get a couple bugs going around your house before V-day. 🙂
Here’s the poem:
Hope your week leading up to the big LOVE day is going well. Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun stuff. 🙂