Archive for February, 2013

More Easy Eco Valentine Projects

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

On Monday, we shared how to make a beautiful heart garland and ornaments, and today we have two more eco-friendly Valentine projects that are easy, satisfying, and beautiful.

Paper Collage Hearts

In the example above, we used a combination of stickers and magazine paper to create collages.  To recreate this, just tear out pieces of magazine paper with interesting colors and patterns, and glue them, overlapping each other, onto a plain piece of printer paper (this helps reinforce the flimsy magazine paper).  After the glue dries, trace out your shapes and cut them out.

Easy and utterly unique!

You can layer it on top of a larger heart made of your leftover Artterro paper, or keep them as they are.  You’ll end up with Valentines that really stand out!

Another fun and easy idea if you’re looking for something different is to create a Valentine bouquet.  Once again, we used our own handmade, recycled paper, so if you have any leftover from one of our kits, it works beautifully because it’s so sturdy.  Otherwise, you can use whatever paper you on hand, or some of the collage hearts described above.

Warm Valentine wishes

You’ll also need stems.  We used wooden wands from our Bubble Wands Kit, but you could also use Popsicle sticks, straws, actual sticks from your yard, or any number of objects from around your house.  Just glue together two of your hearts, leaving room at the bottom to poke in your stem.

Leave just a little room for the stem

Find a cute container or wrap the stems with a ribbon so it’s easy to present to your sweetheart.  You can personalize all the hearts with special messages if you want!  Get creative and add leaves, bumblebees or butterflies to your bouquet!

We hope you enjoy these ideas, which are especially perfect if Valentine’s Day snuck up on you like it did to me :)

Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Artterro!

Easy Eco Valentine Projects

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Last week we posted about an easy way to keep your arts and crafts organized–the mobile art station.  Did you try it out?  Let us know in the comments!  Today we’re excited to share some very easy, simple, yet beautiful and eco-friendly Valentine’s Day projects.   No need to buy new materials.  As always, we highly recommend looking around your house for materials to upcycle.  If you have some leftover Artterro supplies, or you save magazines, postcards or greeting cards, now is a great time to repurpose them!

A Valentine Garland

First up, this lovely heart garland.  All you need is some beautiful Artterro handmade paper (or whatever paper you have in the house), any color thread you want and a nice big needle to string them together.  We used two sizes of heart stencils and chose different colors and patterns, but you could go for a monochromatic garland as well.  Sew the hearts together towards the top so that they hang nicely:

A simple stitch towards the top of the heart

Here’s the view from behind:

So easy!

A simple, satisfying and lovely decoration for Valentine’s Day.  Surprise someone special, give it as a gift, or cheer up your own office or living room!

Heart Ornament

Next, a fun and festive Valentine ornament.  This time, combine some of your leftover Artterro beads (or whatever beads you have on hand) with your paper hearts.  You’ll want to string some beads, then glue two hearts together with the thread in between, then string more beads, and so on.  When you get to the top, just make a loop and double knot it.  You can hang your lovely ornament from your mantle or attach it to a special gift.  If you make several extra-long ones, you could even fill up an entire door frame–perfect if you’re hosting a Valentine party!

Here’s another variation with a cluster of interesting patterned hearts (don’t be afraid to play with non-traditional colors!):

Heart Cluster Ornament

What’s your favorite way to make easy and eco-friendly Valentines?

Mobile Art Station

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Here in Madison, WI we started out the morning at -6 degrees, and now it has warmed up to a balmy zero!  So, it feels like the perfect day to share one of our favorite ways to stay cozy inside your house and active with art projects all winter long—make yourself a mobile art station!

Often an art and craft-filled life can have a way of taking over lots of space.  Unless you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated table or room for art, you end up packing and unpacking supplies, stashing your project away every time someone wants to use the dining room table for something less important, like say eating.  The mobile art station makes it easy to keep one project together while it’s in progress, and it frees you from being stuck in one spot.

Perfect for keeping your supplies together, wherever you are

Perfect for keeping your supplies together, wherever you are

We love this simple, light bamboo tray, with a nice lip all the way around so you won’t lose anything, and convenient handles.  Its even, smooth surface is great for laying out your designs, and it’s the perfect size to balance on your lap.  If you don’t have a tray at home, head over to your local thrift store.  A shallow basket or plastic platter could also work just fine, depending on the type of project.

Of course, we are not knocking your dining room table.  Sometimes you need lots of room to spread out, especially if you are crafting with a crowd.

Valentine Crafting on a cold winter day

Valentine Crafting on a cold winter day

Wherever you create your art, we hope you have a lot of fun while staying cozy this winter!  Stay tuned for our next few blog posts; we’ll be sharing some simple, inspiring and eco-friendly Valentine’s Day projects you’ll definitely want to try!