Ava’s Gathering of Knots (Happy Love Day!)

I would love to say I’m that kind of mom who oozes creativity and the overflow blesses my kids with glorious craft-time, hand-made clothing, and delightful decorations for each and every holiday.  Alas, I am not that mom.  I go all out decorating for Christmas, mainly because it is the one and only time of year my poor children get to see something seasonal and new in our home.  Otherwise, you will never see a heart in February, eggs at Easter or fall wreaths on our door.  We don’t do crafts.  That’s what art class is for, right?  Even so, when I saw a pin on Pinterest, it led me to some adorable home-made valentines.  I couldn’t resist.  Ava had all kinds of friendship bracelet string left from Christmas gifts.  So we got busy.  This was our end result:

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My husband printed out the adorable little saying.  We cut around it with decorative scissors and glued them to a heart cut out of construction paper.  We then added holes with a hole punch and threaded the bracelets through.

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I must say, I ended up braiding a lot of the bracelets for Ava, mainly because we underestimated the amount of time the project would take and were running out of time.  She helped every step of the way, though.

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Ava added an initial bead to each bracelet and wrote each classmate’s name on the back.  All in all, it was a fun project and most importantly, gave me an opportunity to spend some time with my daughter doing the kind of thing she loves to do, even if I don’t!  Plus, Valentine’s Day is a holiday I can get behind.  What’s not to love about love?  Here is a link to the original post I saw from the blog Dandee: A Happily Crafted Life (don’t compare too much!):

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2010/02/friendship-bracelet-valentines.html

Have you ever attempted home-made valentines with your kids?  Did you give out valentines as a kid?  Do you still?  I would love to hear your feedback!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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