Easy Valenitne’s Day Craft Tutorial
Valentine crafts are always so much fun and I love how these turned out! Kid-friendly and the students’ projects all looked great!
Chenille yarn (Barnet blanket yarn, variegated)
Paper plate, 8-10″ (Confetti heart plates)
Needle (Plastic yarn needle)
3/8″-wide ribbon (optional)
Prepare the Plate
1. Cut out the center heart shape. lf using a plate without a heart in the center, use a template to draw a large heart in the center.
2. Use the hole punch to punch holes all the way around the heart-shaped cutout. Make sure not to punch the holes to close to the cut edge, especially when working with young children.
Making the Craft
1. Cut a piece of yarn 1 1/2 yards long. (Cutting longer makes it difficult for kids to manage, but if an adult is making it, you could start with a longer piece so you won’t have to add to it later.)
2. Thread the needle to one end and feed it through two holes at the bottom of the heart. Tie a knot in the back.
3. Pull the needle through one of the two holes used for the first stitch.
4. Crossing the heart-shaped hole, put the needle through a hole at the center top of the heart.
Important: When poking the needle from the back to the front, that next stitch should be taken through the hole adjacent to the hole that the needle just came through. Otherwise there will be too much bulk on the back side and a lot of yarn will be wasted crossing the heart-shaped hole again in the back.
5. Crossing over the heart-shaped hole, poke the needle through a hole on the bottom of the heart cutout. Be sure to cross the line of symmetry to achieve the swirl effect.
6. Continue until the entire heart-shaped cutout is covered and all the holes have been used. Tie a knot in the end.
As you run out of yarn, add a new piece by tying the ends together in the back, placing the knot close to the hole so the knot doesn’t end up on the front side.
7. Punch 2 holes at the top of the heart and tie the ribbon (or yarn) to the plate and use to hang it up.