I've been enjoying using hearts to make more bits and bobs recently. My Mum found some cards that weren't the traditional stand up kind of card. Instead you hung them up. I loved the idea, and immediately had to copy it! The ones my parents found were owls and monkeys and butterflies I think, but I could see that it would work with a lot of different shapes. Here it is with hearts.
I used co-ordinating paper, and a heart template. On the back of the paper I attached the string, which is actually embroidery thread, and on the back of that I added some thin card, I embellished using some craft jewels (mainly from Poundland!).
I was really pleased with the result, and plan to do more like this in the future, I can see that it would work well with flowers, birds and stars and I'm sure many more designs.
I also love seeing what other people can create using felting techniques. Mine never seem to turn out how I imagine them in my head, but the process is fun.
I was hoping to make this into a family project, but halfway through their first hearts, both children managed to injure themselves with the felting tool. Normally they are very good with it and manage to keep their fingers out of the way, but not this time, and I'm not sure how long it will take me to persuade them to have another go.
So I think rather than the bunting project I had planned, I'll just do a little hanging garland thing. I quite like these, even if I can see I've not quite managed the design I had in mind for them.
As well as being able to get involved with the felting, card making and other crafting I do I like to get my kids to create some art of their own for a "sort of" gallery we have for them. At the moment I really want them to make me something with hearts on it for Valentines Day.
Often I can encourage the type of art I want by finding printables online with the right subject matter, or I do love the Usbourne colouring books and sometimes I photocopy pages that I know I will want them to do more than once!
This time I created my own doodle page, and I thought that it might be fun to share it, so others could colour it in too: