Now that Arthur is almost 3 he is becoming more and more interested in crafting. He takes a lot of care and attention when doing a task and likes to make sure it’s right before showing someone. For Christmas he received a magnetic drawing board and I can’t count the amount of times he has removed the picture because he made a mistake, he’s a little like me in that respect as I don’t like things to look wrong in my eyes and will repeat as many times as necessary until I get it right. I only wish he looked for perfection in other areas outside of crafting! I can’t understand how someone can be so precious about drawing a face yet muddle all of the play doh together until it resembles a brown mass.
The past week we have been making crafts for Valentines day on the 14th February. We made a beautiful valentine frame that can be brought out each year and a weaved card that will go into Arthur’s memory box.
The frame is really easy and cheap to make. I picked up a plane wooden frame for £1 and you can use an assortment if card, foam, buttons and glitter glue.
We prepared the frame first. Arthur applied 4 blobs of red glitter glue and stuck a wooden heard on to one of the corners of the frame. We left this to dry while we prepared the picture.
We stuck a red foam heart on to a piece of white card cut to fit the frame. We then stuck wooden hearts on the foam and topped each one with a red button which we glued on with white glue.
Once the picture was dry we secured it inside of the frame.
The card was a bit tricky to make. We took inspiration from Danish weaving baskets which are traditionally made at Christmas. I was determined to let Arthur try making these himself and offered very little help which makes the card more personalised.
To make the valentine card you will need two pieces of felt, 1 piece of card, scissors and white glue.
Start by cutting out two long, flat ovals out of felt approximately 2 inches wide.
Fold the oval shapes in half, and cut three parallel lines up towards the rounded edge and stop about an inch from the curve.
With the folds of each folded felt oval facing each other take the top part of one of the felt ovals and weave it over and under the other felt oval so that you see the colour change in every other slit. It should start to resemble checkerboard, continue until your heart shape is finished.
Glue the heart on to a piece of folded card and leave to dry.
What will you give your valentine this year?
*Some of the craft items used in this post were provided as part of the on-going Bostik Bloggers campaign