st. valentine’s day – 14th february

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St. Valentine's hearts

“Kind hearts are the garden,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.”

A sweet Valentine’s craft for this week – we made these wax Kindness Hearts to hang in the window!  They are made from grating beeswax crayons onto wax paper and then melting them to create a beautiful transparent marble-effect for the light to shine through!

making crayon wax heartsHere are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Grate some beeswax crayons, or you can use shavings from sharpening them.
  2. Sprinkle the grated crayon or shavings onto wax paper.
  3. Put another sheet of wax paper on top.
  4. Melt the grated crayon between the sheets by using an iron on a low setting for a few seconds (adult required!)
  5. Cut out some card heart-shaped templates in different sizes.
  6. Draw around the hearts and cut out, punch a hole in the top and thread with ribbon, wool or string to hang in a window to catch the light – the melted crayon stays stuck to the wax paper which goes transparent when heated, so no need to peel away (and the wax paper keeps the hearts together).  The way the colours melt together creates a beautiful effect!  A lovely heart of kindness to give and share this Valentine’s day!
beautiful handmade heart valentine’s card

valentine's day card

This beautiful handmade card opens out into a heart with little hearts inside – the heart neatly folds into its own envelope – such a beautiful and clever handmade card!  This is how we made it:

valentine's card

  1. Using some Aquarelle Paper sponged both sides with clean water, paint your paper with some Stockmar Watercolours or as we used above, Stockmar Opaque Paint Tin.  The wet-on-wet technique creates such a dreamy effect for the colours.  Then when dry, draw a large heart shape.
  2. Cut out your heart shape.
  3. Turn over your heart and fold in the two sides as shown.
  4. Fold up the pointed end mid-way.
  5. Fold the curved side over  as shown.
  6.  Now pointed end can tuck into the folded sides to close the envelope.
  7. Open the heart back up, and write a special Valentine’s message inside.
  8. Use the excess painted paper to cut out some smaller hearts and stick them alongside your message (or leave some loose as well, as a surprise!)
  9. Fold your heart back up carefully tucking the pointed end back in.
  10. Turn around and decorate the front with some cut-out hearts as well and write on it the name of your lucky Valentine! This project is also ideal for using old painting or other pretty paper up. You can stick a white piece of paper in the centre part for writing your loving kindness message, if necessary.
handmade floating heart candles

valentine candle

A way to use up your leftover candle stubs is you can turn them into these Floating Valentine’s Day Heart Candles. So sweet for maybe putting in a bowl of water on your season table or as a gift to use for a soul-nourishing evening bath.   We were inspired by the idea and method shown in the book All Year Round, and here is how we made them:

valentine's candles

  1. Melt your leftover wax candle stubs in a jar or tin that is in some simmering water.  If you don’t have Red Beeswax Candles like these you can make your wax pink by grating beeswax crayons into the melted wax for a beautiful coloured effect.
  2. Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, place them on some tin foil and coat them with oil to avoid the wax sticking to them.
  3. Cut 4-5 cm long pieces of wick, and dip them in your melted wax and leave them to cool – this will stiffen them and help them stand up.
  4. Pour a small amount of wax into the bottom of each heart whilst pressing firmly down on the frame to help prevent wax leaking.
  5. Once you see a film developing, stick your wick into this bottom layer of wax, and let it cool a bit more.
  6. Pour melted wax filling the heart shape around the wick, use one or two sticks lying across the heart to help keep the wick standing straight.
  7. Leave them for an hour or so and then carefully pop the candles out of the heart-shaped cutters.  Leave them to properly harden overnight.
  8. Give them as a Valentine’s gift, place on your celebration ring, float them in a beautiful bowl of water, light and enjoy!
valentine’s day fun activity

We had a go making the beautiful Sarah’s Silks play silks into roses with some easy folding and rolling with beautiful results!

  1. Open the play silk flat into a square and the fold it in half diagonally to make a large triangle.
  2. Roll up from the bottom edge leaving about 10 – 15 cm at the top of the triangle.
  3. Start rolling from the right hand side along the tail.
  4. Keep rolling! Leaving about 10 cm at the end.
  5. Stand it up on the base and wrap around the last bit of the tail and tuck it into the side.
  6. It should then hold itself together.
  7. Take the 2 points standing up and pull apart and over the round shape.
  8. Turn it over and voilà! A perfect silk rose!

Or just use the silks to make some lovely flower pictures like this one by Sarah’s Silks:

Valentine's silk flower
valentine’s day for the birds

valentine birds

As we move towards spring and enjoy longer days, bird song returns to our gardens and fields. In olden days, Valentine’s Day was known as the day birds chose their mates.

“Each little bird this tide, Doth choose her beloved peer
Which constantly abide, In wedlock all the year”

Above is the beautiful Ostheimer Bird Tree with Ostheimer British birds: SparrowBullfinchBlackbirdWoodpeckerWagtailRobinChaffinchGoldfinch, and Magpie.

Heart Crystal is hanging in the window, Grimm’s Stacking Hearts and Candle Holder are also shown.

 

valentine’s love hearts for the window

Download PDF with instructions for the Love Window Hearts
Myriad Window Love Hearts Tutorial

 

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