A day or so ago we received the February Bostik box for our monthly craft activity. We clearly had to create something beautiful for Valentine’s Day, as it was full of hearts, pink and red. We managed to come up with a simple, but very effective card that you can adapt to suit the craft supplies you have squirrelled away; a 3D spinning Valentine’s Day Card
- Card, you can use an A4 card and fold in half, or buy a preformed card and envelope in any size you like
- Bostik micro dots
- Bostik glue dots
- Foam hearts (4), or anything else to create the 3D shape. For example, you could use cardboard cut outs, or paper. As long as you can thread through it, it works
- Invisible thread
- Two sets of 2 stickers
- Template for the aperture, any shape you like
- Pipe cleaner
- Coloured or glittery paper for the inside.
1. Cut out an aperture – the posh word for hole – in the front of the card once you have folded it over. We used a scalloped oval shape, but you can use anything you would like. A heart perhaps as it is Valentine’s Day?
2. Create your 3D heart shape. We used four foam hearts which we stuck back-to-back using micro glue dots. These are ideal for making your 3D shape as they can turn anything into stickers which makes the shape very easy to create
3. Before you completely close your 3D heart, cut a length of invisible thread about an inch wider than the top and bottom of your aperture
4. Thread the invisible thread through the 3D heart. Seal up the 3D shape by pressing it hard together. You may need to pack the centre of the heart with tissue or felt to stop the thread from moving about too much
5. Place your thread onto the card so that it is taught, and the heart appears in the middle of the aperture. Stick down the invsible thread at the top and bottom of the aperture with some pretty Valentine’s Day themed stickers
6. Bend a pipecleaner into the word “Love” as shown below and stick to the front of your card below the aperture
7. Add one heart sticker on each side on the front of the card above the aperture
8. Stick coloured or glittered paper to the inside of the card; as you can obviously see it through the aperture, so the more exciting the better. Make sure you pick something that you can write on though :-D
9. Twist the string of the heart carefully in the middle of the aperture, let it go (*cue Frozen music*), and watch it spin!
Spinning cards are very simple ideas, but can be really effective, wouldn’t you agree? They are also relatively easy to make so kids are quite happy to do them with limited supervision, once they have got the basic idea. If you get the principle, you can adapt them for any event very quickly.
We were sent the craft supplies by Bostik to create a Valentine’s Day activity – all ideas are our own.