Childrens Corner

Put your heart into making a wreath for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s not just an occasion for sending cards ‘sealed with a loving kiss’. It’s just another opportunity to get your finger out and make some seasonal crafts.

Because heart prints and heart designs are so popular, you can make almost any Valentine craft at any time of the year.

So, this weekend – whether you’re celebrating the feast with a special someone in mind or not – put your heart into making a wreath to mark the day.

For the wreath, you will need a polystyrene ring – or if you don’t have one you will need an old metal hanger, old newspapers and masking tape, glue, pink and red card, thick ribbon, and scissors.

If using a polystyrene ring, then tie a piece of ribbon around it so you can hang up the wreath when it’s finished.

If you’re using the metal hanger follow the next steps: First, pull the metal hanger out of shape, and bend it into a circle. Don’t worry if it’s a little bumpy because this will be hidden later when you decorate it. Next, scrunch up old newspapers, and tape them around the metal ring using the masking tape. Be generous with the masking tape for a smoother looking wreath.

Wrap the ribbon all around the ring, securing in place with the glue each time your fold the ribbon over. Leave to dry for a few hours or overnight.

Template

Next cut out a heart template from some cereal box card and trace around this on the pink, red and white card. Cut out as many hearts as you need to cover the wreath.

Glue the hearts to the wreath and leave to dry. When you’re finished, hang up the wreath just in time for Valentine’s Day.

You can make the wreath entirely out of single-coloured hearts if you wish. Or, use pastel blues, pinks, yellows, and white to make a ‘love heartz’ wreath. Whip out your colouring pencils and write the messages you would get from the sweets onto the individual hearts.

Instead of a wreath decorated with hearts, decorate a wreath with roses made from tissue paper.

Think of other motifs situated with Valentine’s Day such as love bugs or cupids and arrows, and use these to accessorise your wreath. You can even make hearts in a few different sizes for decoration.