Call me crazy, but to me, there's few things cuter than a sweet little elephant on Valentine's Day. Then again, I might be biased since by now you know I'm a wee bit partial to anything circus related.
Happy February! Betsy Skagen here from Paper Calliope, and today I thought I would share these sweet little Valentine ornaments I made.
Tutorial: How to make Valentine elephant ornaments
How to make a Valentine pipe cleaner bodyStep One
First make your pipe cleaner figures. There's more than one way to do this, and I encourage you to play around and find a style that you like. For each figure you will need one or two chenille pipe cleaners with bumps and one tinsel pipe cleaner. Cut a three-bump chenille pipe cleaner so that two bumps are in one section and a single bump in separate. Repeat for the second pipe cleaner.
Fold both two-bump sections of the pipe cleaners in half to form V shapes. Holding one V section downward, to create the legs, twist the second V around the top of the leg section a few times to create the arms.*
Shape a tinsel pipe cleaner into an oval, with a stem. Twist the stem around the body where the arms and legs intersect. This creates the halo/hanger that will support your Valentine's head. .
Bend the feet and hands upward.
*Another option is to make the arms shorter by using just a one-bump section for the arms.
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How to make the Valentine shirt
Fold a small piece of Brick Wall Cardstock in half. Cut a rectangle with decorative scissors. Hot glue front piece to body. Flip over and lining up edges, hot glue back piece of shirt in place. Add decoration.
How to make the Valentine skirt
Moving away from the food imagery, after the piece is cut out, you might notice a resemblance to Pac Man. Pies. Video games and crafts. Can life get any better?
Cut a small circle within the circle at the apex of the triangle. Slide the pipe cleaner body into this circle. Wrap the skirt around the body of the Valentine, below the shirt. and hot glue in place in back.
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Finishing your ornaments
Stuff I usedValentine Hearts Cardstock
Classic Roses Cardstock
Spring Stripe Glitter Cardstock
Brick Wall Cardstock
Two Lip Tear Drops
Daughter Mini Dew Drops
Pansies Mini Dew Drops
Regency Mini Dew Drops
Chenille bumpy pipe cleaners
Tinsel pipe cleaners
Vintage valentine images
Valentine doo dads
Hot glue gun