Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine Pouches and Love Boats

For our Days of Love, I first had to quickly make our Valentine pouches.  I say pouches because the original idea came with a Kangaroo thought with its pouch being the mailbox and a sign saying "You make me hoppy!" or something silly like that.  Turns out I ran out of time and energy so we ended up with these simple pouches hung over the fireplace just like Christmas and its still great.

Here's all you have to do.
1. Grab two paper plates. Cut off the top 1/4 of one.
2. Put the plates top sides facing each other and staple. 
3. Punch a hole at the top and tie some yarn through it.
Voila!  I put names on the front and left the rest blank because the surprise for Day 1 was the pouches and things to decorate them.  This time it was foam hearts and smelly markers.  They did a fabulous job decorating them. 
I think it would be fun to draw a face peeking out over the edge too.

Now what do you do with the scraps of extra plate you cut off?  Throw them away? Of course NOT! Why not make them into a Valentine boat?

1. Grab some straws, scissors, a brown paper bag or other paper, tape, stickers, and markers.
2. Cut the straws in half. You only need 1/2 straw per paper plate scrap.
3. Cut a triangle out of the paper bag or pretty paper.  Tape onto the straw.
4. Tape straw sail onto the scrap plate- on the top side. 
5. Decorate the bottom side of the plate with stickers and messages. 
Presto chango! A love boat!  You could put cute sayings like "Will you be my shipmate?" or "You are boat-iful" or just decorate.

Note #1: Didn't want to make the pouches but do want to make the boats?  Just cut a paper plate in half and use a whole straw instead of a 1/2.  The proportions will be paper.

Note #2: You can staple two scrap plates together and put treats inside or one of their little toys to inspire some fun play and laughs.

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