This weekend finally brought a return to health in the Kolste household. There are still a few lingering sniffs and coughs, but everyone seemed to finally feel well and there was a general return of energy. With the return of their energy, the kids started to really get into the spirit of Valentine's Day, and wanted to do a few projects. Since my energy has also (mostly) returned, I was able to accommodate them. Here they are stringing hearts into a garland for the kitchen window.
I had found garland just like this at Hobby Lobby, premade, for like $5. No way! So, I went over to the felt section, bought three of the big, stiff sheets for sixty cents each, and then used a cookie cutter as a pattern to make the shapes. The kids hooked them together (think baby-toy ring style) and we had a cheap-o garland for our front window.
The rest of the weekend the kids spent at the kitchen table, making Valentines. I think they have completely lost track of who they made cards for and who they didn't, but the stack on the counter is threatening to topple over onto the floor it is getting so tall. Given paper, markers (especially markers), scissors and stickers, and I don't hear from them for hours!
They even gave me time to modify an idea I saw on Pinterest, and make a Valentine's Day wreath for the front door. If you are interested, to make the hearts I cut 2" wide strips of cardstock from 12x12" sheets. Then I folded each strip in half, used the fold as the "v" at the bottom of the heart and curved the open ends around to make the top of the heart. I didn't have the patience to deal with glue, so I just stapled them and that seems to be holding quite well.
After I made a bunch of hearts, I just started arranging them until I ended up with this shape. Then I stapled it all together:
I think I should have used more white, since our door is already pretty red. Oh well, I guess I need to save some projects for next year. It seems we are finally ready for the big day tomorrow!
Happy Valentine's Day!