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February 12th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Tissue Paper Flowers – Craft

Beautiful Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets for Valentine’s DayBeautiful Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets for Valentine’s Day

This project will help you create a variety of beautiful tissue paper flowers that you can use to decorate or give as gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper in different colors
  • String
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Start by picking three different colors of tissue paper that you would like to use to make your flower. If the tissue paper is not in a small size, cut the sheets until they are in a square shape that measures approximately 8 in by 8 inch.

Lay the sheets down on top of each other on a flat surface. Grab the end of all three sheets of paper and fold it over about an inch. Flip the paper and fold it back so that you are making an accordion fold. Continue this process until the entire length of the paper is folded like an accordion. You should now have a stack of folded paper that measure approximately 1 in wide and 8 in long.

Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the center of your paper, 4 in from either end. Twist the pipe cleaner to secure it on the tissue paper. It is fine if the tissue paper wrinkles during this step.

Next, separate and fan the individual sheets of tissue paper out until they form a puffy flower shape. Be careful not to tear the tissue paper during this step.

Repeat these steps to make a variety of tissue paper flowers for a bouquet. Once you have completed all of your flowers, tie the pipe cleaner stems together using a piece of ribbon. You can also add a card to the ribbon if the flowers will be given as a gift.

You can also make hanging flowers by using a piece of string to tie around the tissue paper instead of a pipe cleaner. Tie the string and then tack one end of the string onto the ceiling to create a beautiful design element in any room.

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February 12th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 24 mini sandwiches

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

What a neat Valentine's Day treat. In our family, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are always our cold day "go to" comfort meal. These are just too cute not to share with your special valentines!

Ingredients

  • Use your own ingredients OR
  • 16 slices firm white sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups (about 4 oz.) shredded Cheddar
  • Your favorite tomato or other soup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly mist a griddle or large skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Use a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut three hearts from each slice of bread. Lightly brush both sides of bread with melted butter.
  3. Place about 1 1/2 tsp. cheese in center of half of hearts. Use fingers to spread cheese and lightly pack it down, following shape of hearts.
  4. Place remaining hearts on top of filling, lightly pressing down to form firm, well-shaped sandwiches.
  5. Working in batches, cook sandwiches on griddle or in skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Use a small spatula to carefully flip sandwiches over. Place finished sandwiches on lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with hot soup and enjoy!
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February 9th, 2012

Crayon Resist Valentine Card – Kids Crafts

Crayon Resist Valentine Card - Kids Crafts from Operation Letter To SantaSimple Valentine’s Projects Your Kids Will Love

Materials

  • White Crayon (or pastel)
  • Water-Based Marker
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Paintbrush and water cup
  • Watercolor Paper (or thick construction paper)
  • Newspaper

Instructions

Start by folding your watercolor paper in half to make it into a card shape. Crease the fold and then open the paper back up and lay it down.

Next, take a white crayon and draw images onto the paper. The images can range from hearts and words to abstract swirls. Flip the paper and draw with white crayon on the back as well. If the white is too difficult to see, you can use a pastel crayon instead. Once all of the drawings are done, lay the paper on top of a stack of newspapers, to keep your workspace clean while you are watercolor painting.

Next comes the fun part.

Using your watercolor paint, brush streaks of color across the entire page. If children are too young to use watercolor paint, you can also use water-based. You will see that the parts covered in white crayon will stay white. Kids are amazed by how magical this process seems and it instantly turns the Valentine into a vibrant, one-of-a-kind card.

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