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Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up, fast and furious. Here’s a compilation of some of the ‘Love Day’ crafts we’ve done in the past.

I have to say that the ‘hoop art treasures‘ are my favorite. Both of my children LOVED them so much and both still have them on the wall in their rooms. I smile whenever I see them and remember the little mites that they were.

 

Valentine's Day Crafts : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

1. Hoop Art Treasures with Favorite Old Clothes

2. Pretty Pom Pom Flowers

3. Watercolor Heart Garland

4. Wire Love Letters

5. Needle Felted Heart

6. Needle Felted Valentine Gnome

7. Wax Paper Stain Glass Hearts

 

I have something special for you coming up too. I have put together my first needle felting video tutorial :: Needle Felted Mini Hearts. I’ll be sharing it with you soon. You’ll be able to watch as I needle felt magical little mini hearts and you’ll be able to work along with me too.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Felted Pebbles

A large part of my weekend was spent making felted pebbles.

You guys are loving them! They are flying out of the shop as fast as I can make them. I adore knowing that so many of you will be decorating your home with my sweet felted pebbles for Valentine’s Day. And I bet you’ll enjoy having them around so much that you’ll decide to keep them out year round. I do.

 

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I am fond of making them. There’s something so magical about working with the natural materials… and choosing the colors of the wool is always exciting.

My favorite part is adding the special little touches at the end. I love how including little white veins make the pebbles so wonderfully realistic and rustic. And, of course, a small needle felted heart here and there adds to the fun.

 

Felted Wool Pebbles : The Magic Onions Blog
It’s always amazing to see how they change from fuzzy little wrapped bundles to smooth colorful pebbles. Felting is quite magical.

 

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At this time of year, the red pebbles are the most popular.

Which is your favorite color?

 

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You can purchase my felted pebbles, in any color,  at The Magic Onions Shop.

And, also I offer DIY kits in the shop – you can make your own, if you are so inclined. Kids love helping too.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Hoop Art Treasures for Valentine’s Day

What do you do with all the old clothes that were once beloved to your children? The favorite dress that was worn every day for a month… so much that when you look at it, you can actually see your much older child as the toddler they once were? Or the t-shirt that was worn AND slept in because it had a dinosaur on it?

What do you do with these precious things that you don’t have the space for but also don’t have the heart to get rid of?

Today, I used two such treasures to make special gifts for my children.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions
Kitty wore this pretty little dress until it became threadbare in places. It has a big chocolate milk stain on the skirt and I’m quite certain that no one else will appreciate it’s precious value the way we do. So, I decided to cut it up and embroider a heart onto it for Kitty’s special gift.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions

 

Before

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

After

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Materials needed :

*  pink wool felt

*  pink embroidery thread

*  an embroidery hoop

*  scissors

 

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

I fitted the fabric tightly within the embroidery hoop and cut a heart from the pink felt.

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Using a simple embroidery stitch (I don’t know any other) I stitched the heart in place. When the heart was done, I trimmed the fabric neatly around the hoop.

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com
Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Voila… a keepsake and a Valentine’s Day gift all in one. (The little felt rabbit is a gift from MuddyFeet and is quite the most adorable thing I have ever seen.)

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I made one from Teddy’s old dinosaur t-shirt too.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com
Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Of course, I’ve set them aside for gifting on Valentine’s Day. Both Kitty and Teddy will gasp in recognition when they see their little gifts. And, they’ll be able to keep them forever. When they are old and grey and turn their little hoops over and see my untidy sewing on the back, they’ll know that sewing wasn’t my forte and they’ll smile and remember that I loved them so much I even sewed for them.

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Valentine’s Treasures

I had a lovely quiet few days in the shop after the craziness of the Christmas Holidays. The break helped me relax. I read a book, cooked and baked and, of course, thought up new ideas of treasures I can make for the shop. Nothing sparks creativity like a little break.

With Valentine’s Day only 3 weeks away, the shop has kicked into high gear again. I love Valentine’s Day! There is something special about putting little red hearts on everything.

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s gifts from The Magic Onions Shop

 

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1. Needle Felted LOVE Mouse

2. Mini Feather of LOVE Necklace

3. Red Needle Felted Heart Ornament

4. Flower Fairy Photograph : Inhale LOVE, Exhale Joy

5. Red Valentine’s Day Felted Garland

6. Needle Felted Magic Toadstool

7. Bunny Love Necklace

All of these beautiful goodies are made with love and available in The Magic Onions Shop.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Wax Paper Stained Glass Hearts

Look how pretty our windows look. We made these pretty wax paper and crayon stained glass hearts over the weekend. The sun shines through them, casting a pink glow over everything.

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

My kids love wax crayon crafts. I think it’s the bright colors and melting part that they enjoy the most.

Kitty chose a variety of pink crayons.

We set a double sheet of paper towel on the table.

A sheet of wax paper goes on top of the paper towels.

Teddy used a pencil sharpener to cover the wax paper in a pretty snow of crayon shavings. The more pieces of shaved crayon, the better… you really want to fill your whole sheet of wax paper.

Set another set of wax paper on top of the shaved crayons.

Another two sheets of paper towel goes on top (this saves your iron from getting melted was on it).

Now, iron (on a hot setting) on top of the paper towel. You might have to leave the iron in one spot for quite a while to get the saved crayon under it to melt well. You can check by lifting up the paper towel to see.

When your wax paper and crayons have spread their wonderful color all over the sheet, you can cut hearts out of it. We used a card stock heart cutout to trace the heart shapes onto our wax paper for easy cutting.

Stick your pretty hearts to the window with a little tape and there you have it… a beautiful Valentine heart window!

Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wax Paper and Crayon Stained Glass Window Hearts : www.theMagicOnions.com

If you and your kiddies make some for your window, I’d LOVE to see a photo… link to your post in the comments below.

Happy Valentine’s crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Pretty Heart Garland for Valentine's Day : www.theMagicOnions.com

Let’s Make a Colorful Heart Garland

Kitty was determined to bring happy color into the Sunny House today. She made such a beautiful paper heart garland using one of her previously painted watercolor paintings, yarn and  a heart punch.

 

Beautiful watercolor heart garland :: such a lovely thing to do with all the watercolor paintings Waldorf kids bring home from school from The Magic Onions

 

I love watching her come up with her own designs. For years, it was me who directed our crafting… now it is Kitty. It makes a mom proud.

 

Beautiful watercolor heart garland :: such a lovely thing to do with all the watercolor paintings Waldorf kids bring home from school from The Magic Onions

Making a Paper Heart Garland : www.theMagicOnions.com

Watercolor Paper Heart Garland : www.theMagicOnions.com

Making a Watercolor Paper Heart Garland : www.theMagicOnions.com

When she had punched hearts of many different colors from her watercolor painting, she punched holes in each heart and threaded them onto her hand-dyed (by her at last  year’s summer camp) cotton yarn. At first, the yarn frayed and it was difficult for her to get it through the small holes in the hearts. I watched her struggle and get frustrated … I braced myself as she threw down her partially made garland. She sat still for a moment. Then, quietly, she fetched the scotch tape, cut a small piece and wrapped it around the end of her yarn. She cut the end diagonally into a sharp point. Problem solved! The tape helped her thread her yarn beautifully. Creative thinking at it’s best.

Making a Paper Heart Garland : www.theMagicOnions.com

We hung her garland above the fireplace. It looks wonderful.

 Heart Garland for Valentine's Day : www.theMagicOnions.com

 Heart Garland for Valentine's Day : www.theMagicOnions.com

 Paper Heart Garland : www.theMagicOnions.com

So pretty and full of happy color.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift : Heart Necklace

Being a mom… what a gift it is! There are so many heart-melting moments.  I am in the middle of a 6 week Simplicity Parenting class and what a gift this has been too! It has reminded me to slow down, be present in all the little things that happen each day and see them for the treasures they are.

Like making Kitty a Valentine gift with Teddy. His eagerness to show Kitty how much he loves her was one of these heart melting moments. He was so eager to show her, in fact, that he just couldn’t wait until Valentines Day to give her his little handmade treasure and he presented it to her the moment she came home from school. She was truly touched by this unexpected gift. They hugged and their eyes sparkled and it was as if I could visibly see their sibling bond strengthen. What a beautiful moment it was.

Isn’t it a pretty heart necklace Teddy made?

To make it we needed:

* Clay – we used Sculpey but playdough will work just as well (here’s a recipe to our playdough recipe)

* Wax paper

* A rolling pin

* A heart cookie cutter

* Small alphabet stamps

* Some pretty ribbon

We set the wax paper on the table and Teddy rolled the clay flat.

He pressed out a heart shape from the flat clay using the cookie cutter.

Then I helped him to stamp the impressions of Kitty’s name into the clay heart.

We used a small stick to make a hole in the top of the heart and then popped it into the oven at a low heat for 20 minutes.

When it was set hard from the oven, we cut a length of ribbon and threaded it through the hole in the heart and Teddy hung it around his sisters neck.

She has worn it for three days straight. And I have, more than once, seen Teddy look at it around her neck and smile inwardly.

Love truly is a beautiful thing!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

watercolor heart mobile for Valentine's Day : www.theMagicOnions.com

Heart Mobile for Valentine

We made a pretty mobile for Valentine’s Day using a lovely watercolor painting we had previously painted, a heart punch and my moose cookie cutter.

Teddy used my heart punch to cut a bunch of hearts from his pretty watercolor painting.

Then, we punched small holes in each heart and used a needle and some hemp string to string our hearts together.

We tied my moose cookie cutter onto the end of the mobile

Isn’t our woodland heart mobile pretty?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Best Valentine’s Day Crafts

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we have started making fun and easy Valentines crafts. But, before we share them with you, we thought we’d post a list of our best Valentine inspired crafts from the past. Click on each heading to be taken to the tutorial.

1. LOVE APPLES

2. BIRDSEED HEART CAKES

3. PAINTED PLAYDOUGH HEARTS

4. LOVE WORDS

5. RECYCLED MAGAZINE HEARTS

6. VALENTINE’S DAY WREATH

7. CHERRY MICE

8. SECRET VALENTINE CARD

9. WIRE HEARTS

10. VALENTINE’S DAY VOTIVES

11. BEESWAX HEARTS

12. NATURE’S HEARTS

13. LOVE TREE

Check back soon to see all the LOVE~ly new Valentine’s Day treasures we will be making.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

 

Love Apples

Instead of making their school friends Valentine’s Day cards this year, Kitty and Teddy are giving out Love Apples… aren’t they sweet!

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 And, they are so super easy to make. All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter, a green apple and a red apple and a pairing knife.

Push the heart shaped cookie cutter into the apple and then carefully pull it out.

The cookie cutter will have left a heart imprint on your apple… use the pairing knife to carefully cut around the heart so that your apple heart cutout pops out of your apple easily.

Do the same with  the red apple.

Now for the clever part… put the red heart shape into the green apple and the green heart shape into the red apple


Voila!!! The most adorable apples for Valentine’s Day.

Have you been crafting hearts with your kids too? If you have, I’d love to see your creations so please link to them in the comment section.

Happy Valentine’s Day crafting,
Donni