A Simple Craft to Do With Children For Valentine’s Day:Valentine’s Garland or Wreath Made With Construction Paper

Make a paper garland out of little hearts for Valentines’ Day!
A short, simple craft you can do with children!

This could make a great cutting practice activity for preschoolers, who can practice cutting in a straight line with scissors. It’s also good for decorating your classrooms and living rooms.  You can probably get away with having your preschooler dipping them in paint after you (teacher or Mom) staples them, since they shouldn’t be using the stapler themselves.  Coloring or decorating the paper before cutting it will be a fun alternative to paint.  It’s also less messy.

Paper chains are always fun to make, no matter what the occasion or how you go about putting them together, there will always be room for a child’s creativity!

This video was made by Brittne @BrittCraftFans.

Valentine’s Garland or Wreath

You will need:

construction paper
stapler and staples


Fold one piece in half and cut
Fold the half piece into half and cut
Fold again and cut
Fold again and cut

You may cut more strips in order to reach the desired length of your garland, wreath, or strand.

Fold the first strip in half
Bring the two free ends together and staple into the form of a heart
Fold the second strip, then bring the folded crease to the bottom of the completed heart and staple them together
Bring the free sides down together, then bring another folded crease to the the sides you have just pinched together and staple, forming a new heart
Continue this process until you have reached your desired length

To make a wreath, attach the last heart to the first heart.

A list of supplies that would work well with this project:

Value packs of colorful construction paper:

Or single colors:

Pink scissors for adults:

“Ideal for offices, classrooms and break-rooms.”  ~OfficeMax.com

Scissors for children:

Staplers and staples (adults only):


Snacktime Babble: Episode #1

“What’s cookin’ good lookin’?”

The post in which I babble about what’s been cookin’, craftin’ and what the plans are for the week!

Tonight’s snack:

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Everything, 7.2-Ounce (Pack of 6) and
Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus mixed together with
Frontera Foods Inc. Salsa, Chipotle, Hot, 16-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Try it!  It’s out of this world!!!

So tonight for dinner, I made my Macaroni Tuna Bake, a recipe I played around with from a Kraft box last week.

Tomorrow, I’ll be making Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms as well as Sesame Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetable Medley.

Friday’s dinner will be Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce.

Recipes to follow soon!

Make A Crepe Paper Rosette


Make A Crepe Paper Rosette

How to Make A No-Sew, Three Dimensional Crepe Paper Rosette

A homemade do-it-yourself inspired by The Celebration Shoppe.
This project was used to make a Memory Keepsake Box for my sister’s bridal shower!


  • strands of craft beads
  • present ribbon
  • crepe paper
  • a pretty button
  • Clear sewing machine bobbin


  1. Fold the desired length of crepe paper into an accordion.2012-04-20_22-06-10_824
  2. Curve the accordion shape around into a circle. You may find that you will have to spread the pleats carefully with your fingers. This may take several attempts
  3. Close the circle with a touch of hot glue.
  4. Cover the center of the rosette with a pretty button, a large bead, or a printed rosette piece.
  5. For a three dimensional look, to a two dimensional object such as the Memory Box, glue a sewing machine bobbin to the bottom.2012-04-20_22-27-44_1872012-04-20_22-32-00_390
  6. Embellish with strands of beads and ribbon.

Isn’t it lovely?
Happy Crafting!
Gift with a bow

Make Your Own Memory Keepsake Box!

Make Your Own Memory Keepsake Box!

My sister’s bridal shower was coming up.  My mother wanted Ray to have something nice to remember this special occasion by.  The idea Mom had in mind was for a keepsake box to place specific items from the shower; whether it be some present ribbon, a photo, an invitation to the shower, a copy of a bridal shower game board piece.  Whatever she wanted, she could place inside.

I thought this idea was great, and as her older sister and Maid Of Honor, I insisted on doing it.  Thanks to , I’d already known of the perfect idea from Colour Her {Hope}.
Using that idea for my basis, I decided to take it a step further with embellishments.
My first stop was a local consignment shop, where I bought about half a dozen strands of  pearl colored craft beads.
I raided my father’s button jar.
Yes, my FATHER keeps a button jar.  He is the one who gets most of the use out of the sewing machine.  Nice, right?  At first I was a bit surprised to learn this, but he is a surgeon after all and sews on a daily basis.
Then I hit the table..  I don’t have an art table, so I used my folks’ large dining room table.  This project took up at least half of the space, so be prepared for the need for space if you choose to use large papers like I did.

Memory Keepsake Box

Supply List for the box:

  • shoe box
  • mod podge
  • sponge brush
  • at least 2 different patterns of pretty scrapbook papers (1 for the box and 1 for the lid)
  • wrapping paper for inside lining (optional)
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • paper-cutter or exact-o knife
  • hot glue gun
  • whatever extras you may want to add (sequins, glitter, etc.)
  • Make A Crepe Paper Rosette

Instructions for the inside of the box:

  1. Measure the wrapping paper to fit the inside of the box by tracing the outside of the box. Cut. Figure 12012-04-20_15-31-56_422
  2. Line the wrapping paper to the inside of the box by applying mod podge to the box with the brush. Figure 22012-04-20_15-32-55_765
  3. Cut some extra strips of wrapping paper for the corners of the box that remain uncovered, otherwise. Make sure to cut these strips in a way that matches the pattern you have already cut for the corners of your box. These strips will act as cover-ups for any “mistakes” that might happen at this point in the project. Figure 3a, Figure 3b2012-04-20_15-38-38_6332012-04-20_15-43-23_429
  4. To make the ribbon lining, take two lengths of two different ribbons and, using the glue gun, make small dots along the lengths several inches apart. After the desired length is reached, cut the ribbon and adhere it to the inside of your box. Figure 42012-04-20_16-14-35_272
  5. Mod podge the topmost edges of the paper to the outside of the box and smooth them down. Figure 52012-04-20_18-30-11_754

Instructions for the outside of the box:

  1. Trace the pretty scrapbook paper around each individual square or rectangle along the outside of the box. Cut. Figure 6Diy Memory keepsake box1-001
  2. With with sponge brush, brush the podge across the surface on one side of the box from edge to edge, corner to corner. Then, gently layer one length of the paper on that side. Gently smooth out any bubbles. Repeat this process for each side. You can wait on doing the bottom while you work on the lid. Once you finish the whole bottom part of the box, it should look like Figure 7.2012-04-20_20-52-21_805

Instructions for the lid:

  1. Trace the pretty scrapbook paper, preferably a pattern around each individual square or rectangle along the outside of the lid. Cut.
  2. Repeat step two for the lid, as it was described for the box (above). You can then complete mod podging the bottom of the box. Figure 8Diy Memory keepsake box2

Embellish your box with a homemade rosette, buttons craft beads, glitter, sequins, or anything else you desire to use.