CraftSanity On TV: Valentine’s Day crafts and gifts

Today’s craft segment is a continuation of the bucket filling conversation started in Sunday’s craft column. The mission is to encourage viewers to forgo the expensive and often meaningless Valentine’s Day gifts and take a handmade approach instead. A special thanks to Amelia, one of the VPs of Fun here at CraftSanity for assisting me with today’s craft segment on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show.

I love to make holiday themed crafts and these crocheted crochet heart pencil toppers are so fun to stitch. The pattern is by Maria Stout, a fellow craft blogger and CraftSanity Magazine contributor. These pencil toppers are great non-fattening treats to cheer up any desk. The pattern is $2.99 and totally worth it. You can buy your copy here. The toppers are quick and easy to crochet and a big hit with my kids and our cat, Justine. (These are NOT cat toys, so I will explain what I mean in another post. I took pictures.)

I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. How about you? Bake your favorite cookies and package them with a handmade hot pad and handwritten recipe and gift these goodies to your best pal. You can find the typed version of this recipe here. And feel free to share links to your favorite recipes in the comments below.

If you like to exchange holiday greetings, be sure to check out the free printable Valentines at HelloLucky.com. The “I’m cuckoo for you!” and “You Appeal to me!” Valentines are super cute and fun to send out. And if you want to give out a piece of handmade art, be sure to check out the site’s clever selection of Valentines that were handprinted on an antique letter press and the colors are lovely. These cards, pictured below, are priced at $4.50 and can be given to sweethearts and friends or displayed in mass as festive wall art.

Here’s one more for the crochet lovers. Head over to Elizabeth Drouillard’s Things Bright blog and try out her free Granny Heart Pattern and learn how to transform a basic granny square into a heart. This is done in three rounds total, so you can make a bunch while watching TV or waiting in line somewhere and then string them together to make a banner or use them as package toppers.

The last project on the list is one that my daughters, Abby and Amelia, have been working on.

They’ve been using craft punches to punch heart shapes out of a mix of newsprint, construction paper and assorted recycled paper from around the house.

Then they’re sewing the paper hearts together to hang in our windows. It’s a fun craft that can be done with any paper you happen to have around the house. Set your sewing machine on a long stitch setting and space the hearts about 1-2 inches apart.

Oh, and I almost forgot, here’s the link to the Heart Bean Bag Project that I made a couple years ago.

Ok, folks, that’s all I’ve got for right now. Feel free to post links to your Valentine’s projects below. I’d love to see what you’re working on.

You can watch today’s TV segment here.

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