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Monday, February 13, 2012

Last Minute Valentine: "I Love U"

This is a nice project to teach positive and negative space and symmetry and makes a cute last-minute Valentine for the wall or as a bookmark. It is super-inexpensive and pretty darn easy. Make one of these for your Valentine today!


Positive/Negative "I Love U" Valentine

Supplies Needed For The Wall Art:

  • Piece of black construction paper (9" x 12") in black
  • Pieces of red and pink construction paper (the red sections are 3" tall and the pink sections are 2 1/4" tall)
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
Supplies Needed For The Bookmark: 
  • Piece of white posterboard (2" x 5") in white
  • Pieces of red and pink construction paper (1" square)
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape (2" wide)
  • Hole punch
  • 8" of ribbon
Directions:

1. Decide on the order of your colored paper pieces.

2. For the first section, the heart, draw a half a heart shape onto the first piece of colored paper. Cut it out. Glue the outside of the heart shape onto the backing of your piece (either the posterboard if you are making a bookmark or the black construction paper if you are making a larger piece). Line up the cut edge the square with the center of your backing paper.

3. Glue the corresponding half heart shape along the center line, "flipped out" from the square it came from. Hmmm....sounds confusing, but look at the picture for a guide.

4. Continue down the column, cutting out half an uppercase "I" another half heart and half an uppercase "U." Finish with another heart, if desired.

5. If you are making the wall art, you are done! If you are making a bookmark, put a strip of clear of packing tape over your design to protect it. Punch a hole in the top edge of the bookmark and add a ribbon, if desired.

Sealed with a kiss! ENJOY!

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