Ask Holly: Woven Duct Tape Valentine

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so if your kids only have time to make one special valentine for their teacher, special friend etc. this Woven Duct Tape Valentine is an excellent choice. Tested and highly approved by the 3rd-5th graders in my after school Duct Tape Madness class. The kids loved learning to weave as well as adding as many special creative touches on and in the back pocket.

Here is what you will need:

  • Two different rolls of duct tape
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Valentine stickers (optional)
  • Heart cookie cutters for tracing (optional)
  • Sharpie markers (optional)

dtape vday1Step One: Cut a piece of duct tape 7-8 inches long. Fold it in half lengthwise. Repeat this step with the same color three more times. Make four more strips with your other color.

Step Two: Cut all of the strips in half lengthwise so you have eight strips of each color

Step Three: Line up the strips of one color  horizontally so they are touching. Tape the ends down on one side.

 

dtape vday2Step Four: Take your other color strips and start to weave them through the taped down strips. Over under for the first strip and under over for the next strip. When you are done weaving, push the strips together as tightly as you can. Flip the weaving over and decide which side you would like as the front.

Step Five: With three pieces of tape, evenly cover the backside of the weaving and peel your weaving up from your work surface

Step Six: Trace a heart shaped cookie cutter or draw a heat shape on the woven side and cut out the heart.

Woven Duct Tape Valentine

Step Seven: For the pocket-cut out one 2″ x 2″ square piece of duct tape and smaller square that is 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  Put the sticky side of the smaller square on the sticky side of the bigger square so that the top of the larger square and the smaller square are even. This leaves you with three sticky sides. Attach the pocket onto the unwoven side of your heart.

Add anything you would like into the pocket. Small messages written with a Sharpie or other mini cards or hearts.

Need more ideas? Click here for our full round-up of Valentine’s Day ideas and crafts.

And don’t forget to check out all of the fun Valentine’s Day family activities to enjoy together.

Questions? Ask Holly in comments.

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