Miss Farah

Valentine's Day Crafts: Hearts for Haiti

Posted on: February 5, 2010


It’s that time of year when love & friendship are in the air! As your children gear-up to give cards and chow down on chocolates remind them that nuthin’ says luvin’, like something handmade! This year the kids have the opportunity to open their hearts not only to their loved ones but also, the victims of the horrific earthquake in Haiti. Encourage the kids to get crafty. In addition to making heart-related projects for friends and loved ones, how about making some extras to sell to neighbors, relatives and other safe buyers? There are 2, love-inspired crafts: an embellished frame, plastic and a canvas pouch –none of which are too difficult for a child under 10 to handle. If you’d like, use these with your kiddos to start (or continue) a dialogue about charity, compassion and humanitarian responsibility. Children often feel helpless in the face of tragedy but with the willingness to use their hands (and their hearts), they’re really quite powerful! Their crafts can make money for those who need it most and even if they’re only able to raise a dollar or two, their efforts set in motion a universal, “pay it forward” plan!

Embellished Frame Materials:
Unfinished, Wooden Frame (You can find these for about $1 at one of the craft store chains.)
Pink Craft Paint
Gloss Varnish or Collage Medium
Sponge Brush
Pink Glitter
Scrabble Letters
Glue

Frame How-To:

  • Paint frame front and back, applying a second coat if necessary.  Let dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of gloss coat.  Let dry.

  • Glue Scrabble letters in place.
  • Apply a layer of glue around the edge of the frame opening.  Sprinkle with glitter.  Let dry; shake off excess.

Plastic Canvas Pouch Materials:
2, Plastic Canvas Hearts (Available in craft store Embroidery sections)
1, Yarn Needle (The plastic ones work great, especially for younger kids!)
Red Yarn
Scraps of Turquoise Yarn
Scrap of White Fabric
Sentimental Stamp & Stamp Pad
Fabric Glue or Needle & Thread

Pouch How-To:

  • Using red yarn & needle, fill in plastic canvas heart with stitches.  Plastic canvas looks like a graph; you’re stitches with be a series of diagonals.  To sew a stitch, come up through a square on one row then down through the square caddy-corner to it, one row above.  Once finished, repeat for 2nd heart.

    With wrong sides together and using turquoise yarn, whip stitch heart sides and bottom together.  Whip stitch around the tops of both hearts to create decorative edging.

  • Stamp a saying or lovey design onto a piece of fabric.  Cut out and glue or sew onto heart front.
  • Slip a sweet message into your new, cute pouch !

Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time to show a little love.  The people of Haiti are going to need help for the rest of the year too, as well as the foreseeable future.  Even if your family can’t afford to donate money of your own, consider offering some handmade help whenever you can.

Craft Apparent with Vickie Howell
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