CREATE … recycled lacing heart valentines

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Well, most of your preschool kids have probably decided on valentines for this year but just in case they’re looking for an easy, recycled craft or valentine to give, these lacing hearts were a lot of fun for this little girl. I’m really trying hard to use/reuse some of the materials that we have on hand, so for valentines this year I cut out cardboard hearts similar to the recycled coffee/tea sleeve hearts we did last year and let E collage away. Since kids get an overload of candy, this gives them a fun activity as an alternative.

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SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

Cut out hearts from thin recycled cardboard

Punch holes (1/4″ hole punch) around the outside edge

Have your child decorate (paint, stamp, tape, eraser stamp) the heart.

Let the hearts dry and then tie a button with yarn (20-25″ long) to one of the holes and tape the bundle of yarn on the back, leaving room for them to sign their name and a friend’s name. If you don’t have buttons just tie the yarn around one of the punched holes.

I added a little tape at the end of the yarn to make it easier for kids to grab the end, but this is an optional step.

HAVE FUN!

P.S. another recycled valentine is on the way for all ages.

CREATE … five and one redux of treats and valentines

The kids and I are working on a couple of simple, recycled valentines this year that I’m hoping to post soon. In the meantime take a look at a mix of past treats and valentines we’ve created.

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VALENTINE’S DAY TRUFFLE AND BISCOTTI WRAPPERS

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RECYCLED COLLAGE VALENTINES

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NATURALLY SWEET VALENTINES

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ORIGAMI HEART VALENTINES

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STICK AROUND VALENTINES

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LOVELY NOTES WRAPPED IN SYCAMORE BARK

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DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK + BANANA ICE CREAM WITH FRUIT STRIP HEARTS

CREATE … creating garden seed kits with HALO youth

Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop at HALO, a great organization working with youth in the greatest need, that I’ve written about here before. For the workshop I brought in the Organic Garden Seed Kits and spoke to them about the entrepreneurial process of producing the kits for Anthropologie.  I explained how to assemble the kits for them to sell at their upcoming art auction to raise money for their art programming.  I brought my son Jack with me to help explain how to package seeds and other supplies to include in the kit. It was so rewarding for him and I was thrilled to expose him to this great volunteer opportunity. He mentioned 3 times on our 5 minute ride home how much fun he had! It was great to see the enthusiasm of these creative hands at work practicing with stencils and then stenciling the burlap bags. These youth have definitely inspired me to reach out of my comfort zone and they did a fantastic job creating the kits… so proud of them!! I’m so happy to have found this amazing local organization to volunteer with that helps so many youth in need, both locally and internationally. Find out more about HALO’s upcoming auction and ways to support them in their mission to empower youth.

HALO  Kansas City ArtReach Auction Feb, 27th 2015

Donations for HALO youth and programs

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Getting ready to set up for the workshop

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Practice work on a variety of fabrics

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photos courtesy of Aubony Chalfont, HALO Center Facilitator | view a HALO blog post about the workshop here. 

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HALO believes in their youth and, like a family, they want the children they help to know that they can count on them for a lifetime. To show your support consider this great T-shirt that showcases this “I BELIEVE IN YOU” movement.

I’ve also had the opportunity recently to meet Lindsey Platt, a HALO International Ambassador for the HALO homes in Uganda. She was here in Kansas City and spoke about her role as HALO Ambassador. She has such deep admiration for the youth that she’s caring for and is so passionate about empowering them to succeed. She instantly saw a need for tutoring for some of the students waiting to start school and initiated a tutoring program. The work she is doing is truly admirable and if you would like to follow her journey, take a look at her HALO blog here as well as her personal blog.

HALO was recently chosen to be included in a series of short documentaries called Inspired by Women, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard and sponsored by Moroccan oil. Take a look at their video below.

I’m so blessed to be involved with such an empowering group. Thanks HALO!

Enjoy the weekend!

- Julie