Originally, I though we'd make different-sized hearts, but then I discovered most of my heart cookie cutters disappeared in the move (or I'll unearth somewhere years from now) so we had to make do with one lone cookie cutter. (And a shamrock, but that's just me getting ahead of the game.) I used a straw to poke holes near the top of each heart.
Then, I splurged on a set of pearlized paints ($2.99), and we got to work. The colors were really pretty, and the painting process took several days because of attention spans and painting fronts and backs. Actually, that's one of the greatest qualities of this project: it lasts for awhile. You do a little here and a little there, but it's not hard to set up or clean up and can fill short periods of time that need an activity.
|To prevent cracking, make sure to reflatten your ornaments immediately after cutting. Trying to flatten them semi-dry causes the cracking. Lesson learned.|
We considered various options for the hearts but finally settled on writing HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! on them and hanging them from the mantel.
I made the main rope by braiding three yarn strands and then tied each heart on with a bow. Tying them on was a great technique because I could adjust where each hung and respace as needed.
Maggie and I are both loving how they turned out, and they hang just high enough that Leo can't destroy them. I also love how we've managed to commemorate this stage of art interest: painting and letter tracing. If only we had thought to add glitter glue!