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Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, it’s an excellent opportunity for being extravagant with the glitter. So indulge the kids (and yourself) by creating these 5 LOVE-ly declarations of affection!

 

1) Bubbly Love Potion

Everyone will love making this delicious drink. It's a fun way to round off a miserable winter afternoon and you never know, it might just work…

To make about 6 glasses you will need:

  • 1 can of pink lemonade concentrate
  • about 4 or 5 cans of lemonade
  • 500g raspberry sherbet
  • popping candy (enough for decoration)

What to do:

1) In a pitcher, mix the pink lemonade concentrate with the recommended amount of water. You’ll need to make up at least 500ml.
2) In a blender or with a whisk, combine the sherbet with 500ml of the pink lemonade mixture and mix until combined.
3) Pour equal amounts into individual glasses and top up with lemonade. Stir gently.
4) Sprinkle popping candy on top of the potion and serve to your heart’s desire. In a goblet, preferably.

 

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2) Exploding, Foaming Hearts

This activity has absolutely no purpose whatsoever other than sheer tactile joy! Create beautiful pink and sparkly hearts with this foaming dough for inexpensive but thrilling entertainment. Note: it’s messy. 

You will need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 tsp washing up liquid
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • a bottle of plain white vinegar
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp pink/red liquid watercolour or food colouring
  • a few dozen shakes of glitter – pink, red, gold, silver, whatever colour you fancy!
  • heart-shaped molds or cookie cutters
  • some big dishes (to contain the mess)
  • a squeezy bottle (optional)

What to do:

1) In a bowl, mix the baking soda, salt and liquid watercolour or food colouring thoroughly.
2) Add the washing up liquid and again, mix thoroughly. The dough should be crumbly at this stage.
3) Add the water and mix well. You should be able to form a ball with the dough. If it’s too dry then add more water, 1 tbsp at a time, until you can make a ball.
4) Spoon the dough into molds or cookie cutter and pat down gently. Carefully remove the molds or cutters to be left with glorious and incandescent declarations of love.

To make the hearts explode:

1) Pour or squeeze vinegar onto the hearts. It works best if you add a lot at once. If you can get hold of a squeezy bottle this is the easiest way to apply the vinegar.
2) After a few moments the hearts will melt into a joyous mountain of bubbly, sparkly pink foam. 
3) Plunge your hands into the foam and squelch away!

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3) Coffee Filter Roses

An easy peasy way to make the most romantic of flowers.

For each rose you will need:

  • 3 coffee filter papers
  • red paint
  • green chenille stem/pipe cleaner

What to do:

1) Water down the paint (approx 4 parts water to 1 part paint). Paint the filter papers with the resulting mixture. Let dry.
2) Trim two of the filter papers so you have three different sizes.
3) Fit the smaller two papers inside the largest. Open out into a cone shape and twist the bottom to form a point. Wrap the chenille stem around this point to hold the papers together. Leave the other end of the chenille stem loose to be the flower stem.
4) Present to your true love.

 

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4) Cupid's Arrows and Quiver

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than taking on the role of Cupid himself. Equip yourself with these personalised arrows and quivers and fire at will.

Cupid’s Arrows

You will need:

  • Valentine’s Day decorative paper or card, i.e. hearts and such
  • pipe cleaners (ideally red or pink)
  • glue gun/glue

What to do:

1) Draw heart shapes on the back of the decorative paper or card and cut out.
2) Glue two hearts back to back (so the decoration is facing out on each) to the top of a pipe cleaner. Make sure the points of the hearts are facing away from the pipe cleaner so that they look like arrow heads.
3) Cut the edges off two hearts to create the ‘feathered’ ends of the arrow (see photo below).
4) Glue two ‘feathered’ ends back to back to the bottom of the pipe cleaner.

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Cupid’s Quiver

You will need:

  • A tennis ball tube or similar type of tube
  • Valentine’s Day decorative paper, i.e. hearts and such
  • decorative tape
  • glue gun/glue

What to do:

1) Glue decorative paper around the tube.
2) Line the outside edges of the tube with decorative tape.
3) Use the decorative tape to make a quiver ‘handle’ from the top to the bottom of the tube.
4) Fill your quiver with your arrows.
5) Choose your target and fire.

 

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5) Valentine's Bird Feeders

These bird feeders are easy to make, look fantastic hanging in the garden and are a great way to teach young people about the winter activities of local birdlife.

You will need:

  • 800g birdseed (Choose a mix with different sizes and types of grains. This will not only look more attractive but will entice a wider variety of birds).
  • 100g flour
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • a sachet of powdered gelatine
  • 60ml hot water
  • molds or cookie cutters (Heart-shaped for true Valentine’s Day glory)
  • twine, raffia, string, wire or ribbon for hanging 
  • a few straws

What to do:

1) Dissolve the powdered gelatine in the hot water.
2) Mix the birdseed, flour, golden syrup and gelatine water in a bowl.
3) Spoon the mixture in pre-greased molds or cookie cutters.
4) Use your fingers or the back of a teaspoon to squash the mixture into the edges and compress it down. The more firmly you can pack it, the more stable it will be and the easier for birds to peck. If you don’t have enough molds or cutters you can also squash the mixture into tight balls.
5) Chop the straws into small sections. Poke a hole into each bird feeder to make a hole for hanging. Leave the straws in for the time being.
6) Leave the feeders to dry for a couple of hours. Ease them out of their molds/cutters and now remove the straws. Turn the feeders over so the other side can dry and harden. Leave for another couple of hours; ideally overnight.
7) Once dry, thread a piece of twine, raffia, string, wire or ribbon through the holes.
8) Hang the feeders from trees and bushes in the garden and wait for the arrival of hungry winter birds.

 

Let us know how you get on. Post pics of your Valentine's Day shenanigans on our Facebook page. 

 

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