I had so much fun making a Valentine Tree yesterday! I think this would be great project to do with the kids!
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First I took a couple of boxes out of the recycling to use. I got this idea from Cherry at Cherry’s Jubilee. She made some stars at Christmas and used an old cereal box. I never got around to doing that project but I thought it would be perfect for this project (or you could use cardstock). I also used a few Valentine scrapbook papers.
I had a heart shape that I traced and cut out. You can google heart shapes to get all kinds of shapes to use or maybe you have a heart shaped cookie cutter. I traced my hearts on both the boxes and the paper and glued the two together. Used a whole punch in the center and hung them with some red yarn.
I watched the “The Vicar of Dibley” while cutting out my hearts. Has anyone else watched it? It’s a BBC series – very funny with Dawn French as a woman Vicar in a small town.
I used some branches I trimmed from my trees and spray painted white for my tree. I tried finding a white Christmas tree during the after Christmas sales that I could use for Valentines Day and Easter, but no luck. But tree trimmings are free – so if you’re not snowed in and can get to your trees this is a good alternate!
I bought a couple of heart Christmas decorations at IKEA after Christmas. Black & white ticking on one side and black with a button on another (why I only bought 4 is beyond me!) I should have gotten a bunch! The silver hearts with a red bow are also from IKEA after Christmas.
This would be a great project to do with the kids! They can practice tracing and cutting out. They can decorate the hearts with all kinds of things. Also, if you don’t have scrapbook paper you can still do this project. I think the cartons are very colorful by themselves. The inside is plain cardboard so they could go to town glittering and gluing on that side. If I was still homeschooling I would probably have my daughter write all kinds of Valentiney words in Spanish on the hearts as well (that’s the language we studied). If you can get the branches from your yard and have something at home to cut up into hearts you can make this project for nothing!