They had already picked out their favorite hearts from my pile, so I used those . . .Marisa at Creative Thursday. I love, love, love her paintings and her blog - always something cheerful to make you happy.
Here's the how to:
1. Gather all the goodies:
-Twine or yarn
-Treats to fill jar
-Fabric to top the jars
-Computer/printer to print out letters
-Scissors and exacto knife
-Contrasting fabric for the letters
-Material to decorate the jars - like my Sweetheart Knit Valentines!
2. Write your most-of-the-time-darling a mama-love note.
4. Place it in the bottle (or in this case, a ball jar - I love them - so many uses).
5. Fill jar with chocolate kisses or treat of your choice (gumdrops, candied hearts, etc.).
6. Go on - Fill all the way to the top! Or, if you want to give fewer treats, make the love note a really wide cylinder to take up more room in the jar.
7. Take the knit heart (or other decoration) and thread twine that's long enough to go around the jar and tie in the back through the knit heart or other decoration. If you don't have time or the inclination to make the knit heart - check out this adorable option for dressing up your jar from Creature Comforts.
8. Secure heart or other decoration onto jar.
9. Cut a five inch square piece of white (or other) fabric using pinking shears. You could cut out round pieces for a more even look, but this just takes too long in my book. Put the fabric on top of the circular part of the jar top but under the screw lid. Screw on tightly.
10. Print out required letters (I used Arial size 120pt). You can certainly play with a fun font but I wanted to keep it simple. Cut out the bulk of the letter with scissors
11. Use an exacto knife for the center bits.
12. Drawing on the back of the fabric, trace the letter BACKWARDS! With an "A" it doesn't matter but with the "B" and the "C", I had to remember to flip them over! Don't forget!
13. Cut out the letter - try to use sharper scissors than I did - very frustrating - dull scissors.
14. Apply fabric glue to the letter.
15. Apply the letter to the top of the jar.
16. And, voila! Whew! The kids valentines are done!
Don't forget to pop over to Creative Thursday if you want a whole collection of sweet postcards like this one above.
Thanks for reading!