Snow Day Crafts

Love is in the air and little fingers are full of energy!  I'm not sure what the weather is like where you live, but we are on the dawn of the 3rd or 4th school closing due to temperature.  Not snow, but COLD - double digits below zero.  Why do we live here again??  But anyway, we're not moving anytime soon - so let's put our big girl panties long-underwear on and make the best of it.

I pinned {this} craft from My Craftly Ever After and knew this would be a great thing to keep Olivia busy.  I will admit, the strings do get a little complicated for little hands, so unfortunately this isn't one that you can just put on auto-piolet and turn on The Price is Right, but it's fun all the same.

Super cute, right?  And perfectly adaptable for other holidays and seasons.  So in case this winter lasts until May again, we've got options *groan*

Gather up:

  • 8" embroidery hoop (or your desired sign)
  • pipe cleaner
  • pony beads
  • yarn, string or twine

Start by stringing up beads onto your pipe cleaner.  As many or as few as you'd like, just make sure to leave room to bend into a heart shape (if that's the look you're going for.)

Bend into your shape, but don't worry about it being perfect.  It'll get a little bent as you try to "hang" it in the hoop so you can smoosh it back how you want it when you're all done.

Start by tying off your yarn at some point on your hoop and then wrap a few times before starting to "hang" your heart.  I recommend double wrapping each anchor-point on the hoop so it doesn't slide too much. 

Keep wrapping, mixing the yarn if you're so inclined.

Things to keep in mind - the original poster had this listed as a "toddler' project.  Maybe Avery needs to work on her fine motor skills, but there is no way she would be able to wrap the yarn on this puppy.  Even with Olivia, I helped hold a finger on the edges while she double wrapped the yarn to pull things tight.

Looking for something the littles can easily do???

Just use the pipe cleaner and pony beads - kink the end so the beads don't all slide off the end and let them string up something.  You can still bend it into a heart or circle to hang in a window.  Work on that hand-eye thing!

Dear God my windows are FILTHY!  But we're in the middle of tearing down a wall and redoing the floors, so I'm going to use that as an excuse for at least another week (or more!)

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