Hand-made gift from the heart
Channel your inner elf because we're heading into the holiday workshop to make a gift that's artsy and heart'sy!First off, gather your supplies. You'll need at the ready:
- A piece of wood approximately 6" x 8" x 1" or sized to your liking
- Finishing nails (the little guys with small heads-- can't find a hat to fit to save their lives!)
- Feathers, felt and other doodads you deem useful
- 10" of pretty ribbon (pretty to be determined by your excellent taste)
- 1"- 2" bristle brush or sponge brush
- Paper & pencil
- Assortment of string, ribbon, yarn, pipe cleaners, wire
- Photo- a smiling face sized to fit in the heart opening
- First, sand your piece of wood to get rid of all potential splinters!
- Next, select a duo of warm or cool colored acrylic paints plus white-- for example, pink, red and white or blue, purple and white. Squirt five gumdrop-sized blobs of your trio of paint colors at one end of the board alternating colors as you wish.
- Drag your slightly dampened brush up and repeat. You're going for striations of the varied colors.
- Paint the sides a contrasting color or with stripes!
- Cut a 5" width heart from card stock. Place it on the board.
- Draw a dotted path around the heart shape.
- Lift the paper to reveal the dots which are the spots that you'll hammer the nails into. When hammering, drive the nails only half-way in.
- Weave the ribbon, pipe cleaners, string, yarn, wire of your choice in and out of the nails to form a 3-D frame.
- Glue the photo into the middle of the frame.
- Add a banner at the bottom to paint in a sweet message like "Je t'aime!" or "Love."
- To hang your picture, glue the "pretty" ribbon onto the back. (I find using a glue gun for this part is most effective.) You may also attach a regular ol' picture hanger if you prefer.
- Have your child sign and date their creation on the back or front as space provides.
- Wrap and give! Get ready to see grins all around as the recipient opens the masterpiece!
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