Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Books and Craft 2012

Reading Suggestions:

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds. What happens if you plant a kiss? Read this charming book and see.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. This book tells the true meaning of friendship.

Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell. Is there ever a time that a hug isn't just right? I don't think so.

Never Too Little To Love by Jeanne Wells. Jules the kitten explores the world to find out if everyone regardless of age or size is too little to give love.

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. Enjoy this story of the search for the perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

Tissue Paper Flowers

You will need:
tissue paper in different colors
chenille stems

1-Fold tissue paper so that you have a stack of at least 8 sheets. The more layers you use, the fuller your flower will be. In this picture, I used 16 sheets.
2-Cut out about a 4 inch circle through all the layers. CAREFULLY poke a small hole through the center of the stack of circles.
3-Push a stem through the back of the circles so that 4 inches extends above the circles. Slide a button onto the stem above the circles.
4-Bend the stem and go back down through the other hole in the button and back down through the circles. (the button should be snug against the tissue paper)
5- Twist the end of the stem around itself, right under the circles to hold them in place.
6- Take each layer and squeeze them up over the button. It will form petal shapes and add fullness to your flower.

Make different colored flowers or all the same. Use contrasting or matching colors for the buttons. Stems can be green to look realistic or any fun colors you wish. Place them into a vase with shredded tissue paper, Styrofoam or glass beads in the bottom. You could also tape tissue paper leaves to the stems if you wish. These easy flowers can be used to decorate a table or windowsill. Give them as a gift along with a handmade card. Happy Valentine' Day!

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