My name is Laura and I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves to craft, save money, and create homemade gifts and home decor. I also have a blog, Craving Kindness, where I share my crafts, recipes, and tips. I am so honored that Kara has asked me to be a guest on her blog. Today I’m going to share with you an easy and cheap Valentine’s Day heart frame for your child’s teacher.
I don’t know about you, but our family has become swamped with requests for money, treats, and gifts from my son’s school. So, I’ve decided to create a super cheap but super awesome craft for my son’s teacher to show her how much we appreciate her. Don’t worry if you’re not a parent, or your children aren’t in school yet, this craft can be given to anyone special in your life.
- a heart template (I just Googled images for heart template and picked the one I like best)
- piece of cardstock or cardboard for heart base
- scrapbook paper
- small wooden frame (Michael’s has them in various shapes and sizes for $1)
- Modge Podge (expensive but works wonders, if you don’t have any on hand you can use any type of heavy duty glue, Elmer’s will not hold the buttons long-term)
Now that we have all of our supplies, let’s get crafting!
First, trace and cut out your heart template from the cardstock. Set aside.
Place your frame on the scrapbook paper and trace. Cut out your frame from the scrapbook paper.
Prepare the frame by taking off the metal pieces used to hold the glass. I used pliers and grabbed the pieces and wiggled. They came right out.
Place a layer of Modge Podge on the frame. Put the scrapbook paper on the wooden frame. Use a paintbrush or popsicle stick to adhere the scrapbook paper to the frame and smooth out any bubbles. Make sure the paper is stuck to the wooden frame, if you have edges that did not stick simply lift the edge and put some Modge Podge underneath then smooth.
Put another layer of Modge Podge, this time on the scrapbook paper. Don’t worry, it dries clear…just make sure there aren’t too many ridges of lumps. Use your popsicle stick to smooth and let dry at least an hour.
Take your heart template and a sharp object and place a small hole in the top center of the heart. I used the end of a small pair of scissors. Make sure not to make the hole too large. Take your ribbon and thread it through the hole. Tie a double knot a the top center of the heart.
Get your kids for this part! Paint the heart template with Modge Podge then have your child put the buttons on the template, keeping the same general outline of the heart but trying to cover as much of the cardstock as possible. Again, you will need to let the heart dry for about an hour.
When everything has dried , center your heart in the frame and tie another double knot about an inch above the 1st. Loop ribbon over top of frame and tie another double knot at the top. You can also choose to mount a picture hanger on the back to hang.
There you go! Now you have a super cheap, super easy and unique gift to give to a special person on Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoyed the craft. If you have any questions or wish to share pictures of your craft please visit my very new blog, Craving Kindness.