Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Starched Yarn Hearts

Starched Yarn Valentines Hearts

I decided to try out a new craft idea I discovered at the Disney Family Fun website..... Starched Yarn Hearts!   I thought my three-year-old would want to help me make these, but alas, he was more interested in playing with water in the sink.  Kids are funny that way!

I think they turned out ok in the end, but man, this was a HUGE mess to make.  The instructions basically involve combining cornstarch and water, dipping pieces of string in the starch and shaping them into hearts using a cookie cutter.  Great concept, but the starch stuff was incredibly messy and once it cooled, it turned into huge globs.  At that point it was pretty hard to get the string saturated. 

So, if you want to try this one out, consider yourself warned.. It's Messy!  I also had to adjust the cornstarch/ water ratio.  I used 1 1/2 cups of water for 1/4 cup of cornstarch.  I've heard of others using fabric stiffener or even elmer's glue.  Those probably work better.

Starched Yarn Valentines Hearts

I let the hearts dry for a good 24 hrs on some parchment paper and then strung them up for some simple Valentine's decor for my apartment.  I actually had more fun photographing them than making them- hehe!

Starched Yarn Valentines Hearts


16 comments:

  1. Those are so cute!! I would love for you to link up to my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  2. very cute! what a great idea!
    You should join me for handmade 52 http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/02/handmade-52-5.html

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  3. Well what a coincidence, I've been doing practically the same today. I've just made some granny squares and after sewing in the ends and snipping off the leftovers I thought what can I do with these, so I boiled them up so they matted together and then scruched them up with some pva glue and put in bunny moulds. They are now setting. Suzy x

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  4. I saw these on another blog too and they are really cute. After reading your post, I don't think I'm going to attempt them though. :)

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  5. oh this is far too sweet!!! am thinking myself and the littles will have to have a go!

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  6. Wow these are so cute.. Sharing on facebook.. :)

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  7. Love these!!! So cute! I featured them at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  8. What a fun craft idea, at least they look fun. Lol I really like the colors you used.

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  9. They look great. I end up enjoying the craft more than my kids. I arts and crafted them so much when they were younger. They're friends want to craft when they are over but my kids don't.LOL Water is fun and easy to clean up. Bonus!

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  10. Love this!

    Natasha xx

    http://www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  11. I heart these (ha!)...BIG time...especially with the color combos you chose!

    I would LOVE it if you'd link this up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/02/feature-friday-free-for-all-6-little.html

    Hope to see you soon!

    P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

    ~Abbie

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  12. So cute! I'll be featuring this over on my blog this afternoon. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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  13. Thanks for sharing! I realize they were a lot of work but they are so CUTE!!!! Glad you shared and have a wonderful valentine's day!

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  14. I love Family Fun!! Just got my first two magazines from them! Thanks for the warning as I was so thinking this was a project for my three year old! *LOL* But with your tips I am inspired. Think I will give this a go using Elmers for Paddy's Day with a shamrock shape! I'm a new follower on your blog!

    Would love if you have time to link these up on my Tuesday's Destination: Inspiration linky party at Teagan's Travels!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/destination-inspiration-linky-party-2.html

    Happy Valentine's to you and your family.
    Michelle

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  15. I LOVE THESE! I linked over to your blog from Sunny Stitching where she nominated you for a Liebster Award. :-D

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  16. Elise! These are adorable! Love the colors and how light the garland would be hanging anywhere! Would love for you to share at the party tomorrow! Newest follower :) xo
    Bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/

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