by Virginia Bittinger
This Valentine’s Day. show your love by making your sweetheart a thoughtful handmade gift. Create a one-of-a-kind Valentine that can be displayed year round. This fun, festive, and unique craft idea makes a great gift than be created by anyone of any age.
- Paper from a shredder or paper cut into thin strips
- Stiffy Fabric Stiffener or ModPodge
- Ziplock Bag
- Wax Paper
- Stretched Canvas
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- E6000 Glue or other strong adhesive
Place two handfuls of the shredded paper into a ziplock bag. Add some fabric stiffener and knead the bag to coat the paper. Add more stiffener if necessary to get complete coverage. If you are using ModPodge, add a few drops of water to thin.
Remove the coated paper from the bag and place on wax paper. Form into the shape of a heart. Make sure the heart is a good size to fit your canvas. You can add more paper if necessary. Allow the heart to dry. This can take several days. Once the heart appears dry, turn it over to make sure the back is dry.
In the meantime, paint a stretched canvas in the desired color to match your décor. The heart can be painted using acrylic paint or can be left in its natural state.
When the heart is completely dry, glue it to the canvas using E6000.
The canvas may be left simply painted or embellishments may be added such as Scrabble tiles to spell out the word LOVE.
The canvas could also be stenciled, stamped, or in this case, hand painted with the word love written in different languages.
This Valentine will certainly be cherished for years to come by the lucky recipient.