For this month’s trash to treasure challenge I will be making two crafts for Valentine’s Day. The miniature teddy bears will be perfect for the kids to make and give to their friends and teachers. The “Secret Safe” teddy bear is a great gift for anyone. Because it requires hot glue, you’ll need to help the kids with that one. As always the links, patterns and a bunch of free clip art is at the bottom of the blog. I’m new at adding the replay to the blog, so please excuse the small on screen flaws. I thought it would help you to get all the detailed instructions both written and visual.
First, we will be making miniature teddy bears. You can make these with just paper and they hug a piece of candy the size of a miniature Hershey’s chocolate bar perfectly. The furry ones don’t hug the candy without glue. You can do a lot with these little bears. You can add them to a picture frame. You can put them on a gift tag. You can glue them onto a pencil holder or makeup bag. You can put them on top of a gift box. You can put them on top of a card or make them into a freestanding valentine. The possibilities are endless.
Fuzzy socks (Dollar Tree)
Cardboard from a cereal or food box
Permanent or regular markers
Hot glue or white glue
OPTIONAL ITEMS: picture frame, altoids mints tin, a toilet paper roll, a gift box, a valentines day chocolate candy heart box, or a greeting card.
OPTIONAL DECORATIONS: glitter, ribbon, Glossy Accents by Ranger (to make the eyes shine)
Secret Safe Teddy Bear
Recycled plastic or glass jar with lid
Plush teddy bear or other stuffed animal *stuffed animals that are NOT jointed are the easiest to dis-assemble.
Seam ripper or exact-o knife
Now the head and the body are two different pieces begin to take some of the stuffing out of the body.
Mark the front of the jar, and the lid of the jar with a sharpie marker to locate the front of the jar. This way when you unscrew the bear, the head will fit properly.
If you have a hard time getting to the store or are short on funds, feel free to email or call me at:
[email protected] or 413-512-3714 and I’m happy to send you a *free box of supplies. *Massachusetts residents only, all others just PayPal or mail me $10 to cover the shipping at the email/ address shown at the bottom of the page. As you can imagine I have a house full of this stuff and don’t mind sharing.
Right click on the pattern and open it in a new window. They are also in the google drive.
The images you will want to download first have MASS APPEAL in the title.
VALENTINE’S DAY YOUTUBE VIDEO PLAYLIST
This project was inspired by the teddy bears Cindy T makes on youtube. Here’s a link to her video.
Ok my friends, I will see you tomorrow. Hopefully with makeup on and looking fancy, which is quite a process for this vampire nerd. Now to go pack the car. 🙂 Let me know if you need any help.
Big hugs from the Berks!