Valentine's Day Frame Craft

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When the girls were younger, we used to do so many arts and crafts together because, back then, it seemed like we had all the time in the world. But now that they've gotten a little bit older, it's harder to find the time to fit them in between school and other activities. Plus, quite often these days, they would just prefer to play together in their marvelous world of pretend when they do have the time.

SO, during the girls' last track out, I decided that we'd do a Valentine's project together, since we actually did have some time to fill. It was one that I had seen last year sometime, when my friend Sara had posted it on her Facebook wall. It had been in the back of my mind all this time, just waiting for the perfect time. I had even bought all the supplies back then... just needed the stars to align. And align they did, w/ a break just before Valentine's! Here's the original post w/ pictures and a finished product much nicer than mine, but we had fun doing it! Tatertots & Jello XOXO Valentine's Tutorial. She has SO many other amazing crafts, too!

Here are the supplies. I used a glue gun whereas Tatertots & Jello used cement glue. Mine dried much faster, but it can get a tad messy w/ the glue strings, you have to work fast since it does dry quickly (though you can always re-melt it by using the tip of the gun) and there is a risk of slight burns (like the one I got on my fingertip!) - so you make the call. If you use a glue gun, be VERY CAREFUL if you have little ones around! Please! And FYI: this cost me less than $10 total (minus the glue gun).

The Supplies
And here are the crafters... just waiting for me to get prepped. They actually started playing Mancala using the glass stones and I thought I'd have a hard time wooing them back, they got so into it!

Makeshift Mancala
Finally, it was time to get busy. They loved it. I laid the glue down and they laid the glass stones down. We were a well-oiled machine. It was beautiful.

The Crafters hard at work
Tada!! They were quite happy with the finished product! And then just like that, they were off playing again, leaving me to my own devices...

The carnage. Hmm... I see pretty paper. Started mindlessly cutting little circles and cutters out of the scraps and then a light bulb turned on!

Oh boy. Pretty paper. Must.Use.It
For whatever reason, I got it in my head that I wanted to make some pretty garland-y type things with all this pretty paper laying around. I'm pretty sure I saw something similar on Pinterest, too.

Sorry, not much of a tutorial on the paper garland other than cut out lots of small circles/flowers - two per and some little accent pieces glued on as well. Cut some string the desired length of your garland plus 6 inches or so. You'll also need some beads. Start with a circle/flower pair and glue the end of the string in between it. Then string a bead, position it and tie it, twice. I did three before I glued another flower/circle. And so on until you're done! 

Truth be told, I ended up spending way more time on this craft than I had originally intended - the paper garland was like a rat hole (time-wise) because once I started, I just couldn't stop. So picture this: girls long gone, Mom left at the table obsessively crafting in a mess of mess. Then when I was FINALLY finished, I was a bit cranky after having spent too much time on it, now w/ a mess to clean up and dinner to make. DOH! But I looked at the finished product, more so what it spelled and I got it together again. haha! So just be warned, leave yourself enough time. :)

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As far as the frames, paper and marbles go, you might be better off just making a quick trip to the dollar store or craft store for a better selection! Targets Dollar Section often has cheap smaller holiday themed packs of scrapbook paper. But if you'd rather just shop online, here are some Target links for similar items used in this post:

Target links (just click on the pictures):



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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Elizabeth Campbell said...

I love it! The garland is really the perfect finishing touch to the whole table. You've now got me wondering if I have beads that I could use lying around somewhere. I've certainly got plenty of scrapbook paper!

happyvballgirl said...

Awwwww, thanks, Liz! you are such a sweetie! :) Have fun! ;)

Danavee said...

What a cute craft! And the little ladies are cuties too!

happyvballgirl said...

hee hee. Thanks so much, Danavee! And thanks for stopping by! :)

Angie G. said...

These turned out great; the garland was a great touch. I am your newest GFC follower, and found you via ' Adorned From Above Hop'. Have a great day!
Angie G.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

The frames came out adorable.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

4 You With Love said...

These are gorgeous....I love what you did with the flat marbles!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much!! and thanks for stopping by! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thank you so much, Kathy! And MY pleasure! You can bet I'll be back! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Angie! And thanks so much for your sweet comment! :)

Lisa Lynn said...

This is so pretty! I love it :) Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!!!

I hope you had an awesome Valentine's Day!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Very pretty, Christine!