Crafts: Get a jump on Valentine's Day

Preparation

  1. Fill pot half way with hot water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer.
  2. While waiting, carefully grease inside of milk container, especially corners.
  3. Place clay in bottom, center of container.
  4. Insert taper into clay, so that it will stand upright.
  5. Fill container with ice cubes and ice fragments.
  6. Fill large can, about three quarters with paraffin.
  7. Using fork or tongs, lower small can into the bottom center of pot.
  8. Place larger can, containing paraffin on top of smaller can to form a disposable double boiler.
  9. Allow paraffin to melt.
  10. Place milk container, with taper and ice in sink.
  11. Pour paraffin into container.
  12. Allow to cool for about an hour.
  13. Carefully peel away container.
  14. Enjoy your spectacular creation.

LITTLE LADYBUG BROACH

Both the pretzels and candles are easy enough for older children with adult supervision, but we didn't forget the little ones, either. And while you probably won't find versions of these Little Ladybugs in major department stores, the amount of pride they inspire is probably equal to any.

Materials

  • One pound package of "Plaster of Paris" (inexpensive and available in any hardware store)
  • water
  • newspaper to cover work surfaces
  • plastic spoons, one per bug (with child's name in permanent marker, on handle, if necessary)
  • acrylic paints, red and black
  • small stick-on eyes, two per bug
  • one small, disposable loaf pan
  • small safety pins, one per bug
  • one paper towel sheet, saturated with cooking oil
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