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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A DOZEN POSES ... Just in time for Valentine's Day

A Dozen Poses!
By Kellie Geres, Regarding Nannies Development Team

Instead of a dozen roses for Valentines, which flowers only last a little while, give A DOZEN POSES which will last a lifetime!

This is one of my all-time favorite Valentine projects! I had so much fun the first year I did them - mom and both grandma’s received one from my charges!

Supplies you will need …
• 12 wooden skewers – the kind you use for kabobs, found in the grocery store
• Heart shaped paper doilies in pink, white or red or combination of colors
• Floral green Styrofoam for base of flower pot
• Clay flower pot – size medium to large
• Red paint
• White puffy paint or paint pen
• Brush
• 12 photos
• Glue
• Cardstock paper in pink, white or red or combination of colors
• Valentine scrapbook paper
• Valentine Stickers
• Confetti
• Tape or glue stick
• Scissors

First thing is to paint your pot. I like to do two coats, and the paint I use is acrylic craft paint. I found mine at Michaels. This dries really fast. When red paint is dry, then take your white puffy paint or paint pen and decorate the outside of the pot. You can also use stickers and such and put a coat of mod podge

Take your photos and make 12 small circles, squares or heart shaped photos, big enough to fit in the center of the heart doily. Use glue to adhere them to the doily.
Use tape to adhere the skewer to the back of the doily. One skewer for each heart/photo.

You can then use the cardstock paper or Valentine theme scrapbook paper to place on the back of the doily, to cover the stick and tape. This is optional.

Once you have all 12 hearts done with the photos and skewers, it’s time to prepare the foam insert for the pot.

The foam will insert into the pot but you may have to cut some of the corners off of the bottom so it goes down deep enough. Use a sharp knife (adults or older kids only) to cut four corners of the foam off and insert into the pot.

Now take each of your heart skewers and start adding them to the foam. With a scissors you will cut of the ends of some of the skewers (adult or older kids only) so that the heights vary in the pot.

Once all your skewers are inserted in the pot, take the red confetti and cover the base/foam.

Make a handmade card expressing you’ve given A DOZEN POSES to last a lifetime!



Nanny in Boston February 3, 2010 at 6:32 AM  

Very cute!

Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

way cute idea!
Patti @ NannyMall com

Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I am a crafter and will definitely make this for someone I care about!

Linda R.

janstclair February 9, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

Thanks! This is a message I wish everyone would read. Marketing is sneaky about making us feel inferior so we'll buy buy buy, and the Valentine's Day hoopla can be particularly hurtful. Your article has a lot of good information and tips.

I hadn't heard of Frequency, but I looked up the description and it sounds good! I just requested it from my library.

Thanks again!

Just g February 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

The comment above from Jan St. Clair was in reference to this post on Surviving Valentines Day.

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