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Valentine’s Clothespin Magnets

Supplies needed:

Pretty paper

Colored paper

1 clothespin

Magnet strip

Scissors

Glue

Embellishments – stickers, glitter, markers, brads, buttons, etc…..

Take the clothespin and trace around it on the pretty paper of your choice. Cut it out and glue it to the clothespin to cover one side of it.

Make a paper heart and cut it out. Any size you like any color you like.

Next take the paper heart and add a special message or embellish it with stickers, glitter or markers.

Glue heart to clothespin.

Turn clothespin over and add magnet.

You now have a Valentine magnet to put on your refrigerator or add to a Valentine’s gift.

Add it to a clear bag with ribbon for a final touch or anything you plan on giving as a present.

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.

Here is another idea to help you out.

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt –

Pick a location that you want to go for Valentine’s Day. A hotel, park, a restaurant, movie theater, trip, or wherever you want to take your family or loved one too.

Make a list of clues. Let’s say 14. Make them kinda tricky so that they won’t be able to figure it out so well at first.

You could say something like:

Start with a O

It’s black

Has 11 letters

Little Italy

Two Words

Fill in the blanks O_ _ _ E  G _ _ _ E _

Answer: Olive Garden

You your imagination. Use magazine, puzzle pieces, pictures of different objects that would give hints.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up and the month hasn’t started here is a great idea that you can do for your husband, wife or children.

Get 14 cards, note cards, postcards, index cards or post it notes. Whatever you can write a love note one. You can get cheap cards just about anywhere. Hallmark, Wal-Mart, Target the Dollar Store. You can also be creative and make your own cards with stickers, markers, construction paper, glitter and whatever else you have on hand.

Send one card to them everyday of the week or put it on the dresser, lunch pail, backpack, wherever you want you loved one to find it. Sending a card in the mail is great because not a lot of people get mail anymore and this would be neat for kids to receive one each day. Now I realize that on Sunday you can’t send one so hid it somewhere in the house that they can find it. You can also do this during the week as well.  Send them to their place of work as well.

Inside the card you can say whatever you want. Be creative and have fun.

If you wanted you could put clues in them for where you will take him or her out for Valentines or pieces of a puzzle they will have to put together. Special stickers, candy, small toys, pencils, pens and anything small.

Start getting your stuff together now or you’ll run out of time. Have fun with it and don’t forget you got to do it everyday.

Come back for more ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Looking for ways to make January special. Here are some ideas to help.

January Dates:

14 National Volunteer Day

15 Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday

16 National Nothing Day

18 Winnie the Pooh Day

19 Tin Can Day and National Popcorn Day

23 National Pie Day

24 TV Game Show Day

27 National Bubble Wrap and National Activity Professional Day

29 National Puzzle Day

31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Come back soon to find more ways to make January special with crafts. Plus neat ideas for  Valentine’s Day.

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Happy New Year!

With a new year comes a new calendar. A couple of years back for Christmas I made my siblings some really fun calendars by using the pocket calendars that you get at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or the Dollar Store.

Making the calendars more your style is fun and easy with the use of some glue or sticky tape, paper and embellishments.

Things you need:

Pocket calendar with plastic cover

double sided tape or craft glue stick Extra Strength

scrapbook paper

scissors

pencil

embellishments – stickers, letters, quotes, etc…

Instructions:

First you need to remove the plastic covering from the calendar.

Next take a sheet of your favorite paper and trace the cover on the unprinted side of your paper. Cut along the pattern you just made.

Lay your calendar out (shown here) and use two sided tape (shown here) or a craft glue stick to apply your paper to the cover.

Line your paper up to the edge of the calendar and smooth is out as you apply it.

Next use stickers, papers or any embellishments to make your calendar more personal.

Then after your project is finished place the calendar back into the plastic cover.

This project can also be done to make the cover of a journal, address book, daily planner or any book that you want to make more special.

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This is a great project to make with your little ones or to make for a group of kids for a Christmas party, ornaments on the tree and table placing.

Things you need:

Clothespins – The picture below shows the ones you will need.

Red balls or red round beads- for noses

wiggly eyes – (optional)

Instructions:

1. Take two clothespins and glue them together to make the body of the reindeer.

2. Take one clothespin and add a dab of glue to the round part of the clothespin for the nose. (you can use a red ball, red bead or you could even draw it on with a red marker.

3. Glue the eyes on. (you can use black, blue or brown marker if you want to)

4. Glue head to the body and you got yourself a reindeer.

You can hang it up on your tree by just pushing the branch between the legs.

Other ideas:

There are many things you can do to the head it’s all up to you and what

supplies you have. I’ve added glitter to my antlers. You can add

eyelashes to the eyes to make a girl. Add a small bow above her eyes if you want.

You could tie a piece of ribbon around it’s neck for a scarf.

I’ve also added just a little piece of green felt and added a red bead to it to make it look like holly.

I’ve also seen where someone just made the heads drilled holes in the sides all the way through and put them on a ribbon with beads and made a necklace. It was really cute.

Happy Reindeer making.

A while back I made magnets for Christmas presents and made some for birthdays as well. They are really simple to make. Even a kid can do it and fast and very cheap.

Here is what you need:

glass pebbles (find at craft store) – the ones you see in the bottom of a beta fish plant bowl.

glue – clear paper glue not Elmers glue it doesn’t dry well.

construction paper or scrapbook paper

Scissors

magazines or stickers or your own drawings.. (I’ve used stamps too and other things.)

magnet strips or tiny magnets

1. Take the magazines or whatever you want to use and cut out the picture.

2. Glue it to the paper of your choice.

3. Cut out the picture after it dries a little.

4. Put glue on the back side of the clear pebble and add your cut out picture to it.

5. After it dries cut around the pebble.

6. Apply the magnet.

Now it’s done. Pretty neat. Make about 5 or more and give as a gift.

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