Gifts of Love
Fast and fun creations for Valentine’s Day
Story and photos by Shannon Fisher
February is a time to celebrate love! Here are easy ideas
for gifts of love.
Valentine mice can be made from saved toilet paper rolls. We
always have so many rolls we save and try to reuse. Start with an empty roll
and you can use paper, felt or foam sheets to decorate your mouse. We used
paper and googly eyes. You can draw simple outlines for the ears and nose. Glue
on eyes, whiskers, nose and ears. Let dry and you can fill with treats and add
a note to roll up and put inside. Hope you enjoy making a sweet mouse for a
Thumb print rocks are another simple craft to make with
smooth rocks or stones. Take a clean stone and using acrylic paint, dip your
thumb and stamp two times on the rock or stone to make a heart shape. Allow to
dry. You can add eyes and a mouth or a message of your love with a permanent
marker. You can also draw a heart with glue and sprinkle with glitter while
glue is wet. Allow to dry and shake off extra glitter. Easy and full of love!
Crayons in heart shapes make great gifts and help recycle
leftover crayons that are broken or extra ones you may have. First, take an
X-Acto knife or razor blade to slice down the side of your crayons if they
still have paper. This will make it much easier to peel all of them. You can
also soak the crayons in water to make the paper easier to rub off if you do
not want to use the razor blades. You can now sort by colors or just break them
all up in one bucket or bowl. Set your oven to 250 degrees. Use a heart-shaped
silicone baking pan that will not be used for food in the future. Add the
broken pieces to each shape. You can use circles or any other shapes if that is
all you have as well. Set the baking mold on a cookie sheet to support it and
place in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, until the crayons are completely
melted. You may want to watch through the window to see that they have melted
all the way. Once done, carefully take out and allow to cool completely. Once
cool, you can pop them out of the mold and give away your colorful hearts.
Note: parents must help with this craft and be aware of the smell melted
crayons make. Try to open a door or window to lessen the toxic fumes and smell
while the crayons are baking.
I hope you have a month full of love!
Shannon Fisher is a local wife, mom of two girls and owner
of Shannon Fisher Photography. She taught high school and elementary art before
opening her photography business.