Valentine Necklaces

14 02 2012

Did you wonder what we were making last week? Well, here they are – valentine necklaces!

I literally got requests from parents at Eleanor’s preschool to make beanbags again like last year, but chose to politely ignore them. They were a little more work than I was up for this year as I’m on jury duty and had no idea how much time I’d actually have.

Inspired by these gift tags over at burlap + blue, we made necklaces out of crayola model magic clay. They clay is fun and easy  to work with and created light as air pendants. The only down side is that they can pretty easily be broken in half if one should try.

Best idea for preschoolers? Probably not.  Certainly not as useful as the beanbags. However, they’re delicate and sweet and Eleanor is very happy with them. Plus it gave me an excuse to buy a lovely little sampler pack from The Twinery.

 

I’m also happy to announce that we finally used up all this pink card stock. This is literally the 3rd year that it has been used for making valentines.

Not only did she happily carry her bag of valentines to school this morning, but we got her all gussied up with her felt button covers, one of these necklaces AND my 1st ever attempt at ribbon braids in her hair. Not just any ribbon braids either, ribbon braids in a heart shape. I really need to stop looking at Girly Do’s By Jenn as I think I might be getting carried away. Little girl hair styling on a willing participant is a bit addictive.

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Flower Necklaces

15 06 2011

Even though there were boys invited to the party I decided they were still young enough for flower necklaces. This was originally going to be a back up project just in case. However, it came together quickly and the end result so fun I decided it was no longer a back up and pulled it out mid party.

I put together the fixings while having a cup of tea and chatting with my mother. In other words, not much thought or time was required. Here’s what we used:

  • A selection of dark colored 1″ buttons from the stash
  • Hemp cording cut to sections 30-36″ long
  • Blunt tip darning needles
  • 2.5″ felt circles of various colors
  • 1.75″ felt circles of various colors
  • 3.5″ green felt leaves
The size of the felt pieces is approximate as each was hand cut, purposefully not being a perfectionist about it. It’s not worth the time to nicely draw out each shape plus the wonkiness adds to the charm. A snip was precut in the center of each circle and toward one end of each leaf.

One nice thing about the hemp cording is that it has enough stiffness that the kids could weave it through the buttons without use of skinny pokey needles. (It’s great for all sorts of lacing projects because of this.) I had the kids pick 1 item from each bowl and then demonstrated for them how to lace the button, thread the needle with both ends of the cord and stack the felt pieces to form the flower. When they were done, I tied a knot and they happily slipped their creations on.

Most of the kids needed help threading the needles but that was expected. It was a super quick project, only taking about 15 minutes tops but the kids were quite into it and really liked their necklaces. If I were to do it again I’d make a couple changes. One would be to provide enough needles for all the kids, taking turns is no fun after all. Also, I would try smaller or lighter weight buttons. Due to the heft of these 1″ oldies the flowers would some times droop downward. Although the kids didn’t seem to notice one bit.