One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is a party that I hosted for my daughter and her friends when she was ten. We used the holiday as a fun excuse to celebrate friendship with a traditional card exchange, a craft, and delicious food. I also made Valentine Gnomes, to serve as a simple table decoration and small party favor.
The craft was a heart-themed painting. This is best done at the beginning of the party so there is plenty of time for the paint to dry. I provided a small canvas, oil pastels, and watercolors. The girls used the oil pastels first, drawing hearts however they chose. Next, they painted over everything with watercolors. The results were quite charming.
The card exchange was done by providing each guest with a list of all the other guests who would be attending the party, a few days in advance. We set out a decorated paper sack with each girl’s name in which to to place the cards. The girls enjoyed heart-shaped tea sandwiches as a dainty snack, and each girl took home a sweet Valentine Gnome.
Scraps of wool felt in various Valentine colors
Embroidery floss (in hair colors)
First, make the patterns you’ll need: the measurements shown are for a 2” girl. You’ll have a rectangular piece that wraps around the body as well as half circle piece that will work for both the cape and the hat.
Cut out the felt. Glue the rectangular piece around the body and reinforce by sewing the two edges together where they meet in the back (this will be hidden under the cape).
If you want to embellish the cape and/or hat, you may use embroidery thread and sew a blanket stitch around the edges. Sewed the cape onto the doll with a couple of stitches at the neck.
For the hair, wind embroidery floss around two fingers then cut it off to create a small bunch of threads the same length. Then glue it onto the head (the glue will be hidden by the hat.) For this example I tied it into pigtails.
The hat is made by shaping the half circle piece of felt into a cone shape and sewing the edges together. Then glue the hat onto the head.
The final step is to draw on the face!
Dawn is a mother of two who lives in Kirkland, Washington and blogs at Renaissance Mama