Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Yarn Heart Craft

  • Yarn
  • Cornstarch Glue
  • Water
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  1. First, make the glue by combining ¼ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and stirring until smoothHeat the mixture over medium heat until it's thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.
  2. Cut yarn into foot-long pieces.
  3. Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter.
  4. Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat. Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.
  5. You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to "warm" for an hour or two.