Origami Heart Garland

Origami Heart Garland

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This easy five-minute origami project is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Age: 4+

Duration: 5-10 minutes (depending on the length of your garland)

Learning Outcomes: Practice origami and fine motor skills. Complete a simple but beautiful classroom decoration.

You’ll Need:

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For this project, you’ll need origami paper, a hole punch, yarn, and lots of willing hands!

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First we’ll teach you how to fold the origami heart. Start by folding your paper diagonally, so you have a triangle. Open the triangle, and fold on the other diagonal. Open the paper again. You should have crease marks going from point to point.

Turn your paper so it looks like a diamond in front of you. Fold the top point down to the center of the paper and crease it.

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Fold the bottom point up to meet the center of the top fold.

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From the center crease on the bottom fold, fold the right half of your soon-to-be heart up.

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Bring the left half up to meet the right half in the middle.

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Flip your soon-to-be heart over. Fold down the top two points. Fold in the left and right points. When you flip it back over, your heart will be finished! Challenge each student to make several hearts. Not only does practice make perfect, but the more hearts you have, the longer your garland will be!

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Once you have collected the class’s hearts, break out the hole punch and the yarn. Punch two holes in the top of each heart.

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Finally, thread the yarn through the holes. If the yarn frays or the small holes are tricky for little fingers, try our plastic lacing needles to make the job a little easier.

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Once your garland is strung, only your imagination limits its uses! Tape the garland to the edge of tables, desks or cabinets to add color to the classroom. Use the hearts to decorate bulletin boards, doors and hallways!

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Pop-Up Valentines Day Cards

Pop Up Valentine Card

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These hand-made cards make your feelings POP on Valentine’s day!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Encourage creativity. Integrate art, literacy, and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

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  1. Type a Valentine’s day poem into a word document.
  2. Print out the poem and cut it out.
  3. Fold a sheet of heart-themed Pop Culture Paper in half, hamburger style.
  4. Cut two parallel slits in the fold. Mae sure you cut each slit approximately the same width. We suggest no more than 2″.
  5. Open your sheet of paper. You should have a flap of paper with a crease in the center. Pull the flap forward gently, and crease the flap the opposite way. Then close your card with the flap on the inside. Crease. This will create the support for you pop-up. Your card should look like a folded sheet of paper with a square missing from the fold side.
  6. Open your card. Apply glue to ONE SIDE of the pop up.
  7. Glue your poem to the popup.
  8. Decorate your card.
  9. Present the card to your Valentine!

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Valentine’s Day Pop Up Cards

2014-02-05-FeatureImageGive your Valentine’s Day wishes a personal touch with R22052 Double Color Card Sheets! We’ll show you how to make your card pop out in a meaningful way!

Age: 5+

Duration: 10-15 minutes

You’ll Need:

R22052 Double Color Card Sheets

• White paper 8.5 x 11″

• Staple

• Pencil

• Pencil Crayon

• Scissors

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2014-02-05-Step01Assemble all the materials you’ll need. Start choosing colors for the hands, flowers, flower stems and flower petal centers.

2014-02-05-Step02Trace the outline of your hand onto the matte side of a Double Color Card.

2014-02-05-Step03Now, cut it out!

2014-02-05-Step04Select the colors for the flower stems and leaves.

2014-02-05-Step05Cut out basic stem and leaf shapes. Make as many as you wish! There’s no need to make the leaves or stems perfect; as long as you can cut long thin, tapered rectangles, and elongated teardrop shapes, you’ll have what you need to decorate the Valentine’s flowers.

2014-02-05-Step07Next, choose your flower colors! Once you’ve made your decision, randomly cut up the Double Color Card sheets into big or small square sections.

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Give the random square sizes to students so they can make different sizes of flowers. Let them draw the petals of the flowers any way they like! Cut out the flowers once they are all drawn. I recommend making about 3-5 flowers per bouquet.

2014-02-05-Step09Find the spot between each flower petal. Cut a straight line into the flower, stopping about ½” to 1″ away from the center.

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These cuts will be important for making the flower “pop!” Fold the petals up from the center of the flower. Pull some petals in front of others to make the flower look a bit dimensional.

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Glue a small circle into the center of each flower.

2014-02-05-Step12Here are some other flower ideas! You can see how the flowers are all made into different sizes. I decided to make the petals on the yellow flower different from the rest. Your students can experiment in the same way. Use scrapbook scissors to make a variety of decorative fringes on the edges of the flower petals.

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Glue each flower to the top of each flower stem. About halfway down the stem, glue on the petals.

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Loosely bunch the flower stems together. Spread a few of the flowers apart while keeping their stems together to make the combination look like a real bouquet. Once you are satisfied with the position of the flowers, staple the centers together.

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Place the stems between the forefinger and thumb of your handprint cutout.

2014-02-05-Step15Next, carefully bend or curve the four upright fingers over the flower stems. Dab glue to the underside of the fingertips. Press the fingertips onto the flower stems.

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Spread a bit of glue onto your white paper card. Paste the hand cutout onto the card.

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Finally, write in your personal message to your special someone!

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Valentine’s Day Tree

2014-01-29-FeatureImageCreate your own Valentine’s Day artwork with Heart Mosaics! Use a tracing of your hand to form the tree trunk and branches, then fill in the gaps with Heart Mosaic leaves. Follow the complete tutorial below!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10-15 minutes

You’ll Need:

R15367 Heart Mosaics

R15233 Skin Tone Craft Paper

• Scissors

• Glue

• Pencil

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This is a fun and simple craft to make with basic materials. You could even adapt the project artwork and use it to create the front cover of a large-sized Valentine’s Day card!

2014-01-29-Step01You can use any color of Skintone Paper to make your handprint tree. For this project, I used a specific color of Heart Mosaic leaves to fill in the tree gaps, but your students can use whichever colors they like best.

2014-01-29-Step02Turn the Skintone Paper vertically facing you and place your hand in the center of the page. Trace the outline of your hand with a pencil.

2014-01-29-Step03Cut out the traced outline. This will form the base of the tree (the tree trunk and branches).

2014-01-29-Tree-AnimationNext, paste your handprint tree onto a sheet of white paper. Align the bottom edge of the handprint with the bottom edge of the paper.

You can start laying out the Heart Mosaic leaves around the “branches” of the handprint. Angle the direction of the Heart Mosaics outwards from the center handprint.

2014-01-29-Step04Once you have worked out the colors of your Heart Mosaic leaves, or where you want to place them on the page, start pasting them down.

Overlap various sizes of Heart Mosaics to get a fuller look for your tree.

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Craft Spotlight: Floppy Foam Brushes

Feature-Image-FloppyFoamBrushesTry something new with your painting projects using our versatile and easy-to-use Floppy Foam Brushes! Dip the brushes into paint and dab onto your paint paper for neat effects. Floppy Foam Brushes aren’t only good tools for paint use… See what our Art Campers used them for below in the post!

_DSC0164Our Art Campers filled small plastic containers with white school glue and dipped in their Floppy Foam Brushes. Each Art Camper had a paper heart that was cut from colorful construction paper. _DSC0165The Art Campers then used the glue-dipped Floppy Foam Brushes to sprinkle the glue at random throughout the paper heart. Next, they poured multicolored glitter onto the paper heart and let the glue dry. _DSC0173The next step was to remove the excess glitter, which this Art Camper did by bending the sides of the heart and tilting it over a sheet of paper towel. Using a paper towel helped to eliminate mess by keeping the glitter in one particular spot. We simply funneled the remaining glitter into our glitter containers by curving in the sides of the paper towel and tilting it over the opening to help the glitter slide inside. IMG_2076What beautiful hearts! We left them to sun-dry which really showed off the gleam of the glitter and helped the hearts to dry that much quicker. Line-18Thanks for viewing this post! If you would like to showcase your own painting techniques or have interest in any of the products showcased in this post, please email us at subscriber@roylco.ca for more details! We’d love to hear from you!