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Fabulous Crafts & Party Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so we have been searching for festive DIY craft and party ideas for this red-hot holiday. In addition to a few Art Truck favorites below, we created a Pinterest Board to share fabulous projects from crafters around the globe that are guaranteed to add creativity and fun to your celebrations at home, school or even at the office – without breaking the bank.

 

Valentine’s Robot Snacks that Kids can Make

You probably know that we have a sweet spot for all things robot, so we couldn’t resist these adorable  Valentine’s robot snacks from Crafty Morning.  Kids at Art Truck parties love making sculptural robots, so we think they’ll have a blast making – and eating – these tasty artworks.

 

 

Painted Flutes make a Party
Fill Painted Flutes with Bubbles

 

Paint + Bubbles = Love

Are you looking forward to toasting your sweetie with bubbles on Valentine’s Day? Add extra romance by painting your own pair of champagne flutes covered with hearts, kisses and love notes. Or make them to give as gifts to a special someone. This project is inexpensive, easy and takes about an hour. It’s a great way to enjoy some creative, quiet time and is also fun with a group.

Champagne flutes come in many sizes and shapes. Dollar Tree stores carry several nice flutes. Best part? They are only $1 each. We like them because they are sturdy and easier to handle while painting. Ikea also offers reasonably priced higher quality flutes that we like, but they are much more fragile. Or consider repurposing glasses you already have on hand for a truly unique artwork.

The palette is key to your success. A simple three-color Valentine’s palette of hot pink, red and gold will make shopping a breeze and ensure that your glasses are Valentine hot.  We recommend using Decoart paint pens to simplify the whole project. Why bother with paints and brushes? These pens work great freehand or to fill in self-adhesive stencils from Plaid or Martha Stewart (our favorites).  Find all supplies at Michaels stores.  For permanent designs follow curing instructions.  Not in love with your flutes? Put them in the dishwasher and wash your art away.

Fun and Frilly Photo Props

Fun and Frilly Props
Fun and Frilly Props

 

 

 

 

 

Guaranteed fun. This instant party is a cinch. Visit a local Party City or Dollar Tree for a fantastic assortment of wearable, posable Valentine’s Day props. We love hot pink and bright red boas, heart shaped or over-sized red glasses, glittery head-bobbles, and lips on sticks. Add self-adhesive red moustaches for endless smiles and giggles. Smile for the camera and instantly share your photos with family and friends on your favorite social network.

Or take instant photos to make unique and adorable Valentine’s Day cards.  We just love Fuji Instax Mini 8 cameras available for $59 at Walmart and Michaels stores. Be sure to buy a twin pack of film because kids will love snapping photos.

Edible Art is Sweet

Edible Art is Sweet

Marshmallow lollipops make terrific edible Valentines. Use food markers to paint messages on marshmallows – we love the supersized marshmallows if you can find them!

Or buy some pretty Pizelles to color with sparkle gels to create shimmering discs of love.

 

We invite you to attend one of The Art Truck’s Valentine’s Day workshops or host your own party with us.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Maura

DIY Cupcake Ornaments make Tasty Gifts

Our party just guests love using yummy toppings sprays and sprinkles to create edible cupcake sculptures. So, I thought that we’d make non-edible cupcake ornaments to decorate a tree or hang in a special place. Package these trompe-l’oeil treats in a cupcake box for a festive holiday gift. Supplies are available at Michael’s, Walmart and Hobby Lobby.

Craft time: 20 minutes

Dry time: 1 day

Supplies:

  1. Shatterproof white or cream-colored ball ornaments;
  2. Glitter glue pens in silver, white or gold;
  3. Glitter – we like to use two varieties of Martha Stewart glitter in fine and classic for extra color and dimension;
  4. Cupcake tins in silver, gold or red;
  5. Red pom-poms;
  6. Glue dots;
  7. Ribbon;
  8. Empty toilet paper roll;

How to Build your Cupcake Ornament:

  1. Place ball ornament on toilet paper roll.
  2. Use glitter glue pen to lightly draw a skirt around the top third of the ornament – avoid excess glue and dripping.
  3. Select first glitter and gently sprinkle a coating on the glue.
  4. Select next glitter and sprinkle a second coating to add depth and more sparkle.
  5. Place a pom-pom on the top.
  6. Take a muffin tin, open it a bit and place a glue dot in the center.
  7. Place ornament on the glue dot in the tin.
  8. Tie a ribbon through the top and hang on tree or in a window.

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Scouting with The Art Truck

Many of your children are taking part in Girl Scout or Boy Scout activities this year. Did you know that The Art Truck can help children in your child’s troop earn their sought-after art badges with one of our signature art projects?

At a Troop Masquerade Party, boys or girls can create their own unique disguises. They can cut out pre-designed masks and adorn them with glitter, wacky papers, faux fur, ribbons, and other materials. Kids love to become animals, insects, other people, or anything else they can imagine.
Masquerade Party
Kids also love to paint, and your scouts will enjoy a Troop Paint Bar Party on our Party  Truck or at our Party Studio and Creativity Lounge. Kids can mix their own palettes with bright, pastel, neon, and metallic paints and then drip, swirl, and layer the colors on their canvases to create abstract, color-field paintings. A Paint Bar Party is perfect for scouts aged 6 and up.

Photo Oct 11, 1 14 50 PMPaint Bar PartyBoy Scouts and Girl Scouts learn a lot from an Art Truck program while they work on earning their badges. They experiment with new materials and learn to identify shapes and colors. Scouts build their vocabularies as they are exposed to new words and learn to express new ideas. They also practice their listening skills and following directions. Scouts develop divergent thinking and creativity as they create their art projects and share their work with others.

A Girl Scout or Boy Scout program with The Art Truck is 60 minutes for up to 16 guest artists. Each party is led by two of our specially trained art-tenders. We will provide all of the materials your scouts will need and take care of all of the cleanup.

A party on The Art Truck is a fun and creative way for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to earn their art badges. Kids can learn many important skills and ideas as they take part in a fun, hands-on art projects.