I love books! In this day in age when so many are reading books on Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, you will find me curled up in a cozy spot in my house with a traditional paper book. The library just so happens to be one of my very favorite places on the Earth! I think that is why my eyes are drawn to creative projects made from book pages.
Several years ago I made this pretty little book page banner to hang across my mantle for Valentine’s Day and I have reused it several years in a row because I love it so much! To make one of your own, you will need a book that you don’t mind cutting up (I bought mine from the Dollar Tree). You will also need scrapbooking paper in several colors or patterns. I went with a black, red, and off white theme. Grab a couple of buttons and some twine and you are all set.
I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut the L O V E letters, but made my own template for the large and small hearts. The book pages are 6 inches long by 4 inches wide. This gives you enough length to fold the top over to hang them on the twine and to cut a 1 1/2 inch triangle out of the bottom of each. For my banner, I stapled the individual book page pieces over the twine and then glue the hearts on after to cover the stapes. For the LOVE portion, I lined the staples up with one of the words to “hide” it as much as possible.
If you love creating banners for your own home, check out my tutorial on How to Make a Pennant Banner.
If you are looking for some other simple and fun Valentine ideas, here are some links you will enjoy.
Valentine Paper Garlands
Valentine Craft for Kids: Cookie Cutters and Paint
Valentine Words of Affirmation for Kids
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Today I’m introducing a new series on Kerri Creates called “Craft Time with Karis.” So many of my crafting inspirations have to do with my kids, so I thought it would be fun to bring my daughter in as my little crafting sidekick! She’s always up for an art project and I love providing creative opportunities for her.
“Craft Time With Karis” debuts with a simple and inexpensive Valentine Craft that we put together with a few things we already had around our house…cookie cutters, paint, and paper bags. Enjoy this little video tutorial we created, and subscribe to our youtube channel for up and coming “Craft Time With Karis” videos.
My daughter loves art! She will sit for hours drawing, writing stories, and coloring pictures. I have several areas set up around our house with art supplies, but I recently decided to put together a more intentional art space for her.
Michael’s was having a huge sale one day, so I headed over (with my coupons of course) and picked up these metal A R T letters, the chalkboard box for crayons, and the off white tray for paper. The rest, I already had around my house.
These adorable chairs were made for me by my brother when I was a child. They were in my childhood room, painted light pink, with dark pink carpet covering the seats. My mom gave them to me several years ago and I repainted and recovered them for my daughter. The wicker table belonged to my mom, who passed away a year and a half ago, so it means a lot for my daughter to have something so special to remind her of her sweet Grandma.
I bought the metal bucket years ago at the dollar store and it has held colored pencils in various locations around our house. Now it has a permanent home. I had used the mini white shutters last year for my Christmas mantle, but realized they were the perfect addition to this little art corner. The finishing touch was this bright and cheerful pennant banner. I had already cut the triangles for another project, so it only took me a few minutes to thread them through a piece of twine.
I absolutely love when I can use what I already have to create an inviting space for my children to enjoy. This little art corner has already gotten a lot of use in our home and is the perfect setting for inspiration to take place!
My daughter loves My Little Ponies! The thing that makes me so happy about this, is that I loved My Little Ponies as a little girl too! In fact, my mom actually saved several of my ponies and gave them to Karis a couple of years ago. I cannot even tell you how much fun it is to see my own child enjoying the very toys that I so often played with when I was her age.
One afternoon when Karis was playing ponies she asked me if we could make clothes for them. Now I can sew a little bit, but making clothes for tiny horses is beyond my abilities. I noticed that a couple of her newer ponies came with little capes. With a little trial and error, I figured out a simple way to make pony capes by using small hair scrunchies, scraps of material, and various ribbons, buttons, and fabric flowers that I had in my craft drawers. We spent several hours together designing these “outfits” for the ponies to wear. Most definitely time well spent with my girl, and it brings me joy to watch her play pretend while dressing her ponies up in their beautiful capes.
Check out my tutorial to make some pony capes of your own and click here for the printable My Little Pony Capes Template.