We had a cold icy and rainy day in Philly on Sunday so I had this great idea my little girl and I would make homemade valentine hearts for a valentine tree on the mantel:-). I keep picturing happy moments of creating with her…I even had a fire going in the fireplace just to set the mood… Lots of mommy daughter crafting time…Well it didn’t turn out quite the way I thought :). The recipes were a total disaster!!! A whole hour wasted… and some tears shed!
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Total Pinterest fails!!! After 2 attempts at Pinterest recipes which just didn’t work ( anyone else have that experience?..so frustrating!) one with mixing baking soda and cornstarch, one mixing glue and cornstarch, and not enough ingredients for a salt dough one so Audrey and I got in the car and went to AC Moore and bought some modeling dough.
I wasn’t sure what to get so I bought a Crayola Model Magic (here is the link, Crayola Air Dry Clay 2.5 Lb Bucket, White ) for Audrey and a DAS (here is the link to what I used, DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clay, 2.2 Pound Block, White (387500)) one for me. Listen, save the frustration of making hearts just go out and get the dough. It’s only $4 a bag so you are not going to break the bank.
She decorated hers with some princess stamps before cutting them out. I left my hearts plain and simple.
We used some chopsticks to make a hole in the hearts before they dried.
I like how white the Crayola dough stayed and it dried quickly. We strung hers up the next day and made some heart garland for her bed. This dough definitely seemed more fragile than mine when we strung it up with some yarn a few hearts didn’t make it but Audrey made plenty. I think it looks really pretty and girly hanging over her bed. For a girl that brings little ripped pieces of paper home from school because she doesn’t want to throw anything away I have a feeling the hearts will be up way passed the next holiday :-).
I thought about getting red dough but decided to keep them white instead. I have been decorating with a lot of white lately. I just added a simple white ribbon and hung them on some branches left over from my Christmas dining room.
I put the hearts on my living room mantel along with some heart garland I had made out of card stock a few years ago.
There is also an L candle for Lehman or love 😉 from Pottery Barn.
I also love this heart warming pine I got on sale at Restoration Hardware. They really help to get the fires started when Jason isn’t around. The ornament cloche is from Pottery Barn. Both I got on sale after Christmas, you gotta love those after Christmas sales!
Don’t you just love a real fire!!! So cozy! I have my hot chocolate ready too :-). The book page wreath I made a few years ago from an old paperback copy of Wuthering Heights I had (I still have another copy, I love that book). The wreath is just book pages folded lengthwise and then in half glued and pinned on a styrofoam wreath form.
I added a pink primrose to my Longaberger basket. I need those glimpses of spring in the middle of winter. Don’t you?
Love this little man and his dog!
In the kitchen I hung my red stained glass heart from Sturbridge Yankee workshop. It gives me something pretty to look atas I load the dishwasher for the hundreth time this year:), so glad I have those extra two mixing bowls from my failed Pinterest heart crafts. Let me tell you that the glue one really did glue itself to my mixing bowl!
And lastly, my old chalkboard. I love to change quotes monthly in hopes of memorizing a bible verse or inspirational saying… I thought this verse from Romans one would be a good one to challenge me to love :-). Thanks so much for stopping by!
I used my clay heart craft on our family room mantel this year.
Don’t forget to pin my Heart Craft for Valentine’s Day!!!
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