On Valentine’s Day eve, I realized that the Dumpling didn’t have a card for daddy… which really meant that I didn’t have a card for jigg. While it would be easy for me to cut and paste something together, I wanted the Dumpling’s involvement since the card would be from the both of us.
I still had a bag full of tissue paper tiles left over from my suncatcher project, so I re-purposed them into beads to make mosaic hearts.
- Tissue paper cut into approximately 2-3 cm tiles
- Heart cutouts approximately 3-5 cm wide
- Plastic tray (optional)
Step 1: Roll tissue paper into tiny beads
I made approximately 40-50 beads per heart, but the number would vary based on the size of the tissue paper tiles and heart cut out.
Step 2: Apply glue generously on one side of the heart
I spread a thin layer of glue onto a plastic tray and instructed the Dumpling to put the hearts in. Naturally she smeared them around so they picked up a generous amount of adhesive. I then quickly took the hearts out with the sticky side facing up and hid the glue.
Step 3: Cover the sticky side of the heart with tissue paper beads
I asked the Dumpling to pour the beads on the hearts.
Alternatively I placed the heart inside a plastic container with the beads, closed the lid, and asked the Dumpling to shake.
As always, I was on the sidelines filling in large gaps where the glue didn’t pick up the beads and making sure the Dumpling didn’t rip the tissue paper off once they were glued on. She actually was too busy pouring the beads from one container into another to pay much attention to the hearts at this point.
Once the hearts dried, I glued them onto a card. We love you, daddy! Happy Valentine’s Day.
The Dumpling recently painted on ice as an activity in one of her playgroups and absolutely loved it. To replicate the activity at home with a Valentine’s Day twist: I set out to make heart shaped ice. I didn’t have ice molds, so I experimented using my trusty cookie cutters instead—seems like I have done everything except bake with them!
- Shallow plastic tray that is bendable (I upcycled a plastic food tray)
- Plastic heart cookie cutter
Step 1: Pour several millimeters of water into the plastic tray with the cookie cutter inside. Please note that using too much water will make it hard to break off the excess ice later.
Step 2: Freeze on a flat surface.
Step 3: Gently break off the ice along the outside edge of the cookie cutter. The entire sheet of ice should come off the tray easily but be careful not to remove the cookie cutter.
Step 4: Put the cookie cutter back in the tray and add more water to the inside of the mold. It’s okay if some water leaks out. Optional: Add the ice that was broken off from the previous step to create a jagged effect.
Step 5: Freeze on a flat surface.
Step 6: Clean off the ice around the heart and gently wiggle/bend the mold free. If it’s stuck, wait a minute and try again.
Color the Ice
Instead of painting directly on the ice, I also sprinkled salt over it at the start of the activity. Salt lowers the ice’s freezing temperature, so crevices will form where the ice starts melting. When the Dumpling painted food coloring on, the colors ran into the cracks for a beautiful effect.
Once the ice started turning brown, I rinsed it with water for a clean slate again.
Color with Ice
Once the ice soaked up enough food coloring, I asked the Dumpling use it as an “ice crayon” to color with it on paper.
Or just add food coloring before freezing.