The Valentine's Day Pins are heart-shaped pins that are simple to make. Once you wear one, everyone will want one of their own.
What You'll Need:
For the Dough:
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
1/4 cup flour
Cotton swabs (optional)
Paint and paintbrush (optional)
Clear varnish (optional)
An adult will need to help with this project.
Mix all the dough ingredients, adding the food coloring last. Ask an adult to help you stir this over medium heat on the stove until smooth. Remove the mixture from the pan, and knead it until it is well blended. (Have an adult check to make sure the dough is cool enough to handle.)
To make the valentine pins, use your hands to work the dough on waxed paper until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Dip the cookie cutter in flour to prevent the dough from sticking, and cut out a heart.
If you'd like to personalize the pins, stick the end of a cotton swab in food coloring and write a name. You can also add other decorations to the pin.
Press the pin back into the heart while the dough is still damp. Allow the pin to dry for a day. (Add a few drops of glue if the pin back isn't stuck well in the dough.) You can paint or apply clear varnish to your heart after it is thoroughly dry.
If you are looking for a more advanced Valentine's Day craft, click to the next section to learn how to make a bead project called Heartbreaker.