Every now and then, you have an idea that you just HAVE to bring to life. Even if you don’t have much use for it.
We already made Isaiah’s classroom valentines when this idea popped into my head the other day. But I just had to make them anyway.
I’ve been loving the watercolor trend lately. It’s made me want to return to my roots in painting…if only I had the time.
But after daydreaming about these popsicle valentines, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my paintbrush.
First of all, these are so easy to make. Even if you’ve never painted before, don’t be afraid. If you can draw a straight line, you can paint lines in watercolor.
To make you’ll need:
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paints
- popsicle sticks
- hot glue gun
- stamp letters (or a pen to hand write)
To start, just take your watercolor paper and begin to choose your colors. I wanted to keep mine in the warm family, because they remind me of Spring (and oh, how I’m longing for Spring.) You can keep your colors in the same family, or even make a rainbow. It’s your choice. Just have fun with it.
(Can you tell Isaiah’s been here? Definitely had to give them a good cleaning.)
When you’re ready to paint, just wet your brush and create long strokes horizontally on the page. Use the water to lighten the colors where you wish, and slowly fade them into other colors. Do this across the entire page (or several pages if you are making more than a few of these valentines). Then set aside to dry.
Once your painting is dry, it may need some flattening. If so, just place it under some sturdy books for a few hours, then come back later to cut.
Make yourself a popsicle pattern out of regular paper (I just free-handed, doesn’t have to be perfect) and use it to cut out your popsicles.
I chose to cut my bite marks after cutting the shapes, so each bite would be a bit different.
Then you’re ready to stamp. I have a letter stamping set by Martha Stewart that I adore. I’ve used it for so many things. But if you don’t have stamps, you can just as easily hand write.
After you stamp/write, just glue the popsicle sticks onto the back and you’re done.
I wound up using mine for Valentine’s Day teacher gifts. We just attached ice cream gift certificates to make them extra special.
As for the rest of the batch? I think I might hang them in my office just so I can stare at them. I love them THAT MUCH.
Ooooh, or make a pretty garland! Someone has to stop my brain. I don’t have time for all these ideas…
I hope you’re having as much fun this Valentine’s week as I am. :)
LOVE to you all!