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Hero Kids Crafty Hour: Paper Hugs

by Grace Wilson March 26, 2020 1 Comment

It's time for another idea with young makers in mind! Grace and her daughter are back to share some paper hugs.

We are a family of huggers. During this time of social distancing, we are getting creative with how we can still hug those we love even when we can't see them in person.

One group of folks who could use some extra hugs right now live in a senior care facility a few blocks away, who normally are out on any sunny day to say hello as we walk by. While they aren't accepting visitors in person, they are allowing us to bring items to display on their bulletin boards. Hopefully these paper hugs will make them smile, until we can see them again.

What does a paper hug look like you ask? Well to us, it means lots of hearts, a generous dose of stamps, and an abundance of sparkly jewels.

We started by die cutting an assortment of different sized hearts from my 4-year-old's favorite colors of card stock. You could also use star or flower die cuts, or if you don't have a die cutter at home, cut shapes with scissors. With our pile of hearts ready to go, we stamped each one with a variety of heartfelt and adorable images, using scented and brightly colored inks.

I like to set up single ink stations, with one color of ink and a selection of stamps for my daughter to use. For this project I set up two stations so she could stamp red images, and then move to the next station for the teal images to avoid color mixing on our ink pads. We like to use a variety of small stamps, my daughter likes to mix and match from her favorite mini tub and Ink 'n' Stamp sets, and selected a few of our single woodblocks from way back. Below, I have suggested some current favorites that would be super cute in this project.

Stickers and gems are an important part of any project around here, there is only one rule: there are NEVER too many.

To assemble our paper hugs we used a piece of heavy weight card stock, with a simple free hand heart drawn in pencil as a guide, and a large sentiment stamp in the middle. We used double sided tape to affix the hearts to the larger heart shape, and finished by using colored pens to write "Love and hugs from your neighbors".

We will take these over to the facility later today, and may make a batch to hang on telephone polls in the neighborhood when it stops raining. We could all use a hug these days, hope these help you reach out to those you love.

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Phyllis Herrin
Phyllis Herrin

March 26, 2020

I can’t think of a better activity than to provide (paper) hugs for the elderly. Please tell your four-year old how proud he or she should be for helping someone else get through the day in good spirits.