How to: Create a Conversation Heart Wreath for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than candy on Valentine’s Day?  How about an arts and crafts project that will tug at grandma’s heartstrings and make dad smile?  Gather your supplies and have your children sing and shout loving, sweet and humorous words to create a work of art they can show off in the house.


Things you’ll need:

  • 9” dinner plate or paper plate
  • Cereal box or other thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Heart pattern (http://crafts.kaboose.com/heart_wreath_template.pdf)
  • Construction paper (pink, red, purple, blue)
  • Markers, crayons, paint pens, glitter pens, sequins
  • Yarn (to hang) – optional
  • Glue sticks
  • Pattern

Steps:

1.  Trace around the 9” plate onto the thin cardboard

2.  Use your pen or pencil to draw another circle inside that one, about an inch away from the outside circle.

3.  Cut out the circle and the center of the circle to create a cardboard wreathe base.

4.  Fold a piece of scrap paper in half.  Using the heart pattern line up the line of the scrap paper with the dotted line of the pattern. Cut out the shape so that when you open it, you have a heart shape.

5.  Fold the short end of a piece of construction paper up about 3 inches. Place the folded heart around the folded paper and trace the half heart shape into the paper. You should be able to fit three hearts on the paper. Repeat this step for each colored piece of paper; you will have a total of 12 hearts.

6.  Cut out all the hearts and flatten out the creases so that the hearts lay flat. Using markers, crayons, or paint pens, write conversation candy phrases on the hearts such as “LOVE”, “HUBBA HUBBA”, “SWEET”, “BE MINE”, “KISS” and “PAL”.


7.  Arrange your hearts on top of the cardboard wreath shape without gluing them down. Once you have them where you want them, use the glue stick to attach each one.


8.  You can hang the wreath as is or attach a piece of looped yarn to the back as a hanger

Other Ideas:

  • Instead of using just one word in your conversation candy, try listing one-sentence reasons you love the person you’re giving the wreath to.
  • Hearts do not have to be limited creatively.  Use glitter glue pens or paint to design them.  Try gluing glitter and sequins as well to glam up your hearts.
  • You can also create a photo wreath.  Glue wallet-sized images of people you love to your heart pieces instead of using words – after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Have fun, be creative and have a Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Totsy!

Project courtesy of http://crafts.kaboose.com.

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