Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

With three boys, our house is filled with all kinds of creepy crawly toys like snakes and bugs.

And while they usually scare me when I accidentally come across one in the laundry or on the kitchen counter, after a little makeover of gold spray paint and hearts, they’re less creepy and way more cute.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

You’ll need:

plastic bugs {usually available in the party favor section of the store}

gold spray paint

pink/red craft paint and fine tipped brush

small magnets

strong glue {like E600}

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

Start by spray painting and even coat of gold on all sides of the plastic bugs.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

When they’ve completely dried, use a fine tipped brush to paint a tiny heart on each.

If you work quickly enough, any hearts that don’t turn out just right can be wiped off with a baby wipe or damp paper towel and painted again.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // Love Bug Magnets

When the hearts have dried completely, glue magnets {or push pins if you’d like these on a cork board instead!} to the backs of the bugs.

Craftykins// Valentine’s Day Heart Decorations

Guest post by writer and stylist, Natalie Walton of The Indigo Crew. You may also find Natalie on Instagram.

Whenever we do a craft project at home, I always try to find a good balance between something that everyone can participate in, and a result that we will be happy to display or gift. Of course, sometimes it’s just fun to make a bit of mess but this time around I wanted to create something that the children could give to friends or teachers on Valentine’s Day. All three children (ages 6, 3 and 18 months) got involved in this one.

Materials//
Air drying clay
Cookie cutters in heart shapes
Rolling pin
Skewer
Glitter
Paint
Paint Brush
Baker’s twine
Scissors

Instructions//
1. After a recent visit to a chef supply store we found a selection of heart shaped cookie cutters and a letter set. This gave us the idea on what to do for our Valentine’s Day project this year.

2. We rolled out the air drying clay on baking paper (for easy clean-up afterwards) and used our cookie cutters to create various heart shapes. Some of them we decorated with stamps and created words using the end of a skewer.

3. For some of the hearts we applied glitter with a brush. Here we used a smaller shaped heart as a stencil. While we didn’t use glue to apply the glitter onto his particular heart, we did with another “spotty” version.

4. We used the flat end of a skewer to create indented dots and then filled these with black paint using the pointy end of the stick. For most of the hearts we used a skewer to create a hole so we were able to thread baker’s twine at the end of the project so the hearts can be hung.

5. The hearts were left to dry overnight on a baking rack. (2 pic options)

6. Using large rose petals as a tray is a nice way to gift the tags to friends and family.

7. Decorative fun. We plan to use the petals to make a kid-friendly rose perfume.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins//Valentine's Day Heart Decorations

Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I have a quick and easy DIY banner tutorial for you that you can whip up today with your babiekins.  This garland is the perfect decoration for hanging along tables, windows, walls or anywhere else your heart desires.  It adds just the right amount of  whimsy to any space.

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Supplies:

Coloured 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper.  (You will need two of each colour or pattern to make one fan)

Gluestick

1″ thick ribbon

Scoreboard (optional)

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Step 1: You can either use a scoreboard like I did and score at 1″ increments, or fold your paper accordion style making your fold 1″ wide.

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Step 2: Fold all sheets of paper accordion style.  Take your paper with all the folds compressed, fold in half and glue together. Each page is half of your fan.

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Step 3: Take the two corresponding fans and glue them together on one side.

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Step 4: Take your ribbon and glue the fans onto the underside.

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner

Voila, you’re done!

Babiekins Magazine| Craftykins // DIY Fan Banner